Bournemouth Marathon - 174The Bournemouth Marathon Festival represents a significant addition to the European running calendar. Awarded a Bronze label status by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) – the world governing body for running – in recognition of the high quality of the event, the two-day long event features the spectacular Speed of Light 5k, Supersonic 10k and two Junior Races on Saturday, with the marathon and half marathon races on Sunday, providing the perfect event for groups of runners or families to enjoy a full weekend by the picturesque Dorset coast.

IAAF Bronze Label is held by only two other races in the UK including the Edinburgh Marathon, also hosted by GSi Events. Races receive the status by fulfilling criteria that includes a quality international field, closed roads, equal prize money for male and female competitors, electronic timing, international anti-doping procedures and environmentally-friendly organisation.