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Edinburgh is preparing for rat run race

Edinburgh’s annual rat run race is about to get under way with around six hundred adventure racers making their way to the city, along with enthusiastic sporting amateurs. The rat run race competition will include testing the contestants navigation, mental agility, climbing ability, their ability to run distances, mountain biking and finally abseiling. The event is due to kick off on Saturday the 17th July 2010 and will continue on Sunday the 18th July 2010. The location of the race is not known as yet as it is kept confidential until it is revealed on Saturday, adding mystery and excitement to the event. A pre event has also been organised for Friday the 16th July 2010′; an after work ‘Fun run in your work clothes’ is due to take place. Around a hundred men and woman will dawn their work clothes to take part in the event on Friday and will run for around four miles, the run will start at West Princes Street Gardens and end up at Castle Esplanade.

Steve Cardownie from Edinburgh City Council is showing his support for the event and feels that “The race will showcase some really iconic spots, demonstrating that Edinburgh boasts a natural and man-made environment fit for adventure”. Mr Cardownie is also happy that the rat run race will be taking place in Edinburgh.

The rat run race is perfect for highlighting the sporting talent of many residents in Edinburgh and is a perfect spot to bring the city together in an exciting and fun event. You do not need to be an athlete to take part, with activities such as abseiling at the top of Murrayfield stadium, a fun trolley dash around the centre of the city, some River Forth kayaking and finally crossing the Loanhead Viaduct therefore there is something for everyone at the event.

The rat run race is sure to be a lot of fun for those taking part and also any spectators that wish to go along and show support. Keeping the event secret is excellent for building anticipation, avoids too many practice runs and adds a touch of mystery to the weekend.

Jim Mee, the founder of the series ‘Rat Run Urban adventure’ states that Edinburgh is “a beautiful city – the stunning architecture, elaborate streets and rugged and diverse terrain and man-made obstacles make it an ideal location for urban adventure racing.”