With this year's Rat Race (12 September) cancelled because of coronavirus, the organisers are inviting people to complete the challenge virtually instead.

The event website explains:

"With COVID-19 wiping out the majority of running/cycling events this year we wanted to try and keep your spirits up, give you a goal and make sure all that training hasn’t gone to waste…and that the medals don’t either! We have 520 Coast to Coast 2020 medals* sat in a warehouse and we want to give YOU the chance to earn one!

Just sign up, run or walk 21 miles & cycle 84 miles between 1st September – 30th September (you can split the miles up how you wish over the month) and record it on a GPS app (such as Strava, Map My Ride, Runkeeper, Garmin etc) or take a picture of your treadmill/exercise bike stats and upload it to our virtual challenge portal here on completion.

To recreate the water section & final mile kayaking across Loch Levan we want you to get creative! Whether that’s a mile running/cycling in the rain, a dip in the sea, a swim in a lake or a mile on a kayak if you’re lucky enough to have one, we don’t mind! 

This is an additional part to the challenge, but if you do it, upload your pics/videos to our Facebook page HERE & the most creative & entertaining ones will win £100 Rat Race Event Voucher!"


Run, ride and kayak 105 miles across the Scottish Highlands.

For over 10 years, intrepid #ratracers have been taking on our original Scottish adventure race and falling in love with the wild hills of the Highlands.

This breathtaking 105 mile route takes in some of the most mysterious and wild locations in Scotland; run bike and kayak past the historic Cawdor Castle, the legendary Loch Ness and the mountainous Glen Nevis and Glen Coe.

This unforgiving Highland terrain and weather breeds tough folk and when you sign up to Coast to Coast you’ll find out why. Experience all the beauty and brilliance that Scotland has to offer in this epic journey over one day or two.

At a Glance
  • 01 Sep 2020 6:00am
  • Tickets On Sale
  • Virtual Rat Race Coast to Coast 2020Virtual Rat Race Coast to Coast 2020Nairn Links, UK
  • Up to 169 km (105 miles)
  • From 320.00 GBP
  • Unknown Riders