To sign up for the Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run please visit our website.

Americans Steve and Debbie Taylor are excited about taking part in the Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run which they have chosen for their first overseas race.

The couple, who live in the small west coast town of Poulsbo, near Seattle in Washington, will make the 4,500 miles journey to the north east of Scotland to take part in the 10km on Sunday 27th August.

It's a trail being blazed by many others from across the globe as the Taylors will be joined in the 10km by runners from Austria, Canada and Norway, as well as the United States.

The half marathon is shaping up to be equally cosmopolitan, featuring entrants from Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, South Africa and Singapore.

Steve, a corporate trainer, said: "We are spending three weeks in Edinburgh on a family vacation and were looking for something unique to do, so chose this race.  We haven't been to Scotland before and we've never raced in another country."

Neither considers themselves to be serious runners, Steve has a best 10km time of 68min while Debbie is 10mins quicker, but they thoroughly enjoy their chosen sport.

Steve said: "I would not consider myself a serious runner. I was quite serious about bike racing for many years.  Running for me is a nice way to get in shape without the stress of training for competition.

"I just finished training for my first marathon, so I was running three times a week for around 15-25 miles.

"I love tacos and beer, and hate being fat, so I run."

Debbie, an accountant, added: "I’m not Paula Radcliffe serious, but I take my health seriously. I typically run about 20 miles a week when I am not training for a marathon. I run for my health and for the benefit of those who can’t through charity runs."

The 10km is their favourite racing distance but their best races have been over longer distances.
Steve said: "10K is long enough to make things hurt and you feel like you’ve done something, but not long enough that it’s crazy.

"But my favourite race was the Rock and Roll half marathon in Las Vegas.  It was at night on the strip.  It was amazing to be running the strip at night."

Debbie said: "I like the 10km because you can train for it and it doesn’t take over your life. However, my favourite race was The Race to Robie Creek.  It’s eight miles up a mountain and five miles down the other side.  Beautiful scenery and the people were all just out there having a great time."

With a bit of luck, the Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run might take over from those events by providing the Taylor's with their favourite racing memories in the future.

Steve said: "We just aim to have a good time, see the city and meet the people."

The Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run is from the organisers of the Simplyhealth Great North Run, the world's biggest half marathon, held every year between Newcastle and South Shields.

The event is being delivered in partnership with Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce, VisitAberdeenshire, and Aberdeen Inspired. It is being supported by the Aberdeen City Centre Masterplan.

To sign up for the Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run please visit our website.