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This Scottish marathon combines running and single malt whisky, are you in?

If you're a lover of running marathons and single malt whisky, an event taking place in Scotland on October 2019 will combine the two things. The third annual Dramathon will take place in Speyside in the north-east of the country, and it will attract runners from all over the world.

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The third annual Dramathon in Scotland will combine running with single malt whisky. Image: Andy Upton

With all races going to Glenfiddich, participants have the choice of a 42km full marathon that starts at Glenfarclas distillery, a 21km half-marathon that begins at Tamdhu distillery and a 10km from Aberlour. There is also a 42km relay race where a team of four divides up the marathon.

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The third annual Dramathon will take place in Scotland in october 2019. Image: Andy Upton

The route uses the Speyside Way and goes mainly over forest tracks and footpaths with some occasional hilly terrain. There is only a very short stretch of road running along minor roads. The routes also take participants through some of Scotland’s most historic distilleries, including Knockando and Dalmunach.

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Taste whisky around Colorado on a new spirits trail. Image by Richard Theis / EyeEm / Getty Images

At the end of the race, runners will receive samples of the single malts that correspond to the distance they ran. There are also feed stations at regular intervals along the route providing water and fruit. The last 10K promises ‘a few surprises in store’ before the finale at the Balvenie and Glenfiddich distilleries, where the drams of malt can be claimed at the post-race party.

The Dramathon was dreamed up by running and single malt enthusiasts, Jon Dunderdale and Ian King, and is delivered in partnership with Durty Events, run by Paul McGreal. If you’d like to take part, further information is available here.