The 8th ECSS Bengt Saltin Charity Run is organised in honour of ECSS Founding Member and Patron, Professor Bengt Saltin. Due to the legal requirements for competitive sporting events in Scotland, the Bengt Saltin Run will take place under the motto of a social run again and only registered persons can participate. All funds will be donated to ‘Scottish Disability Sport’ – which works with people of all ages with physical sensory and learning disabilities to encourage their participation in sport and widen the range of activities available. They help to create the pathways from grass roots to elite level sport for disabled athletes. Read more here.

During the run and course details

The run will take place in the Kelvingrove Park on Thursday, 4 July at 07:00. The total distance of the course is 5.4 km (3.4 miles), divided into three laps. There will be volunteers along the course at designated points. Below is a map of the course. Please make sure you arrive readily dressed and prepared at 6:45 at the latest.

Start and Finish Line: ECSS arch – Kelvingrove park (Lat:55.870580, Lgn:-4.283445)    

The Glasgow University Union generously allows us to use their lavatories and a storage room during the event in 5 minutes walking distance to the start and finish line. You can store your belongings in this room prior to the start of the run but please note that we assume no liability.

Paid parking is available at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, close to the start of the course. There are also several 24/7 automated bike hire stations close to the start line, operated by OVO Bikes. More information is available here. Public transport opportunities can be found here.

We are not permitted to use an official time tracking service for a social run, but for those of you who would like to challenge yourself or even compete against your colleagues or fellow participants, we invite all runners to download the Strava App and track their running time via their mobile phone/GPS compatible device, to be included in an online ranking. This is completely voluntary, please find further information below.

Strava App

Strava is an application for recording physical and sporting activities and allows individual time tracking within a group or segment followed by a respective ranking. It is free to download and easy to associate with Garmin and other accounts. Please download the below PDF and follow the instructions, in case you want to be included in the Bengt Saltin Run ranking.

Download Strava App Instructions

After the run

We will of course acknowledge the winners after everybody has finished the run but there will be no official winners’ ceremony due to the social run restrictions. Nevertheless, we invite you to stay until the very end to celebrate a successful event and honour the fastest runners of this year!

Apart from the runners, all congress participants are invited to join the run as visitors to support the runners and experience this great event!

We look forward to seeing you at the Bengt Saltin Run!

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