THE Olympics may be on the horizon but the next major event on the sporting calendar in the new city is the Milton Keynes Marathon.
Almost 1,000 runners from the area have already signed up for the marathon on April 29, 2012.
The emphasis for the spring event is on fun and inclusion so runners of all abilities are encouraged to participate.
The course will showcase the best of the lakes and parks in the city before culminating with a spectacular finish inside stadiummk
Race Director, Andrew Hully, said: “We are delighted to see so many people from the Milton Keynes area entering the race.
“Overall entries have now passed 2,700 runners and 48 teams have entered the Geoffrey Leaver Corporate Relay to be held alongside the main event.
“Half of those entered have never run a marathon before and 80 per cent of entrants do not belong to a running club.
“We want to encourage runners of all standards and entries are coming in from as far away as Finland and Germany. This really will be a race for everyone.”
This is not just an event for runners, as family and friends will be allowed free access into the stadium to cheer their runner over the finish line.
A Sport Support Village – complete with charity stalls, retail stands, sports massages, refreshments and entertainment from Heart Radio – will keep spectators occupied while their loved ones are on the course.
For those who want to get closer to the action, there will be plenty to see and do around the course. So far, six bands, various singing groups, the MK pipe band and a selection of school bands and dance groups have already been booked to provide an on-course boost for runners.
The Milton Keynes Marathon was set up to raise money for charity, encourage more people to take up an active and healthy lifestyle and to promote the image of Milton Keynes.
The event has the backing of Milton Keynes Council, The Milton Keynes Parks Trust, Milton Keynes Dons and Destination Milton Keynes, the city’s official tourism and information provider.
Many businesses have become involved as event sponsors. Others will be participating in the Corporate Relay.
This scenic city marathon will take a fast single lap route on roads and cycle paths around the city. The stadium finish will ensure an atmospheric and memorable end to the race.
It is not too late to get training, even if you have never run before. To find out more visit: www.miltonkeynesmarathon.co.uk