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Your city, your race

The inaugural Durham City Run Festival was held in 2019 following a number of years hosting the Prince Bishops Durham City Run on a midsummer evening with thousands of runners taking part.

Held over 3 days in and around one of the world’s most historic cities, the Durham Run Festival will be centred around four primary features, supported by a host of exciting activities and events aimed at all ages and abilities, even if you’ve NEVER run before!

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Choose between the 5K or the 10K, and race around some of Durham’s most iconic landmarks! With a new start line at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham, and the iconic finish line at Palace Green, it’ll definitely be a race to remember.


It’s fast, it’s furious, and it’s… longer than you think! On Friday 19th July, test yourself over the iconic Mile distance on a fast, flat route along the river. It’s your chance to emulate the great record holders and set your own personal best! We’ve got slots all day from 11:00 – 16:40 so come down and give it a go!


Discover the city in a different way in this new urban-based orienteering event. Teams of two race to checkpoints around the city, completing physical and mental tasks to score points and climb the live leaderboard. All you need is a phone, a friend and a sense of adventure!


The popular family fitness event was first debuted at Durham Racecourse in 2019. Now bigger than ever, the continuous relay encourages families to get active and race together! Your family team runs laps of varying lengths to add up to a total 10km before you all cross the line together and celebrate!

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