Running Events

There are lots of running events that take place throughout the year in Scotland and further afield, including Marathons, Half-marathons, 10K, 5Ks, Team Relay Races and Junior events also.

If there is a particular running event that you are looking to sign up and take part in as a member of #TeamDSScotland, please email and we will be delighted to help in any way we can.


Edinburgh Marathon Festival 2024 

Entries for 2024 are now open! Established in 2003, the Edinburgh Marathon Festival is Scotland’s largest mass-participation running event, with eleven different race distances over two days. From the 5k, held in the stunning Holyrood Park, to one of the UK’s fastest marathons, there’s something for everyone.

Saturday 25th May 2024

  • EMF 10K  – minimum fundraising target of £150
  • EMF 5K – minimum fundraising target of £75
  • EMF Junior 5K
  • EMF Junior 2K
  • EMF Junior 1.5K
  • EMF Kids Kilometre

Sunday 26th May 2024

  • Edinburgh Marathon – minimum fundraising target of £500
  • Edinburgh Half Marathon – minimum fundraising target of £250
  • EMF Team Relay – minimum fundraising target of £500 per team entry

If you would be interested in applying for a free Edinburgh Marathon Festival charity place in aid of Down’s Syndrome Scotland please complete the application form here below or if you would like more information please contact our Fundraising Team on

Loch Ness Marathon 

Sunday 1st October

The Baxters Loch Ness Marathon is one of the most stunning marathons in the world; it follows a spectacular point-to-point route alongside world famous Loch Ness, starting in an atmospheric moorland setting and continues through stunning Highland scenery, taking runners along the south-eastern shores of Loch Ness, across the River Ness, to finish in Inverness, the capital city of the Highlands.

We are able to offer a reduced entry fee of £35 for our fundraiser (full price £65).

We are asking our runners to raise a minimum of £350.

If you are interested in taking part or finding out more please complete your details on the form here and we will be in touch.

Scottish Half Marathon 

Sunday 24th September – Edinburgh

A fantastic half marathon to end the running season, the route is flat & rapid – if you want to set a personal best for a half marathon then this is the event for you. Starting conveniently at 11am just outside Edinburgh, you will run along the magnificent East Lothian Golf Coast before finishing in the final furlong at Musselburgh Racecourse; Scotland’s oldest racecourse.

Join Team DSS and help us continue our vital work supporting people with Down’s syndrome and their families. To find out how to sign up and for more information contact Matt on

Men’s 10K 

Sunday 22nd October – Edinburgh

The Men’s 10K Edinburgh is a stunning 10K run through the heart of Scotland’s beautiful capital city. This is the time to make a positive difference to your life, or someone else’s and be part of something special. To find out more contact our fundraising team on

Women’s 10K 

Sunday 22nd October – Edinburgh

Come along and take part in the Women’s 10K Edinburgh. Whatever your reason, the Women’s 10K is the perfect opportunity for you to lace up those trainers and make a difference, either to your own life or someone else’s. To find out more contact our fundraising team on