Runner’s World magazine has deemed the Albert Bartlett Edinburgh Marathon the fastest marathon in the UK. Why? The race is located in Scotland, and runners, on average, complete the race with faster running times than the ten most popular races in the area. Of course, this fact brings up a lot of questions. The main one being, “Why do the people in the Albert Bartlett Edinburgh Marathon run so fast?” I think I have a few plausible answers:
Answer #1: The Loch Ness Monster is chasing them throughout the race.
Answer #2: Little leprechauns carry them quickly over the finish line.
Answer #3: The ghost of St. Patty spooks them at the starting line.
Answer #4: They can’t wait to drink a pint of ale at the after party.
Answer #5: J.K. Rowling promises to name a character after the winner in the next Harry Potter book.
Answer #6: Britney Spears threatens to become a legal citizen of Edinburgh, Scotland if they slow down.
Answer #7: Brownies have created special shoes for the runners in order to speed up their times.
Answer #8: These kilt-clad runners are more aerodynamic.
These are just a few of the things that I think make runners of the Albert Bartlett Edinburgh Marathon run like the wind. However, there are other less important ones that motivate a few runners. Runners who participate in this race get to associate with athletic manufacturers like Asics, support charities like the Macmillan Cancer Support organization, participate in team relays and trek through a beautiful terrain. These things are what some Scottish folks say make Albert Bartlett Edinburgh Marathon a great race.
If you are interested in running a marathon filled with spirit, fun people and few worthy causes, you should sign up for this race. You can get more details about it at www.edinburgh-marathon.com. This Web site will gives even more reasons to participate in this race.