Participants at Baxters Loch Ness Marathon are being offered the chance to win £50,000 if Nessie photobombs their race day selfie. Organisers hope that by putting up the cash prize, runners will be able to help solve the mystery of whether the monster really does exist.
Over 9,000 people are expected to descend on the Highlands to take part in the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running on September 27, 2015. Race director Malcolm Sutherland says there has been a growing trend in recent years for runners to snap selfies on the course, and hundreds have been taken with the loch in the background.
He says, “We realised there was a potential for our runners to help prove once and for all whether there really is a pre-historic monster living in the loch. With so many selfies being taken on race day, surely if she is out there someone will be able to get one with her in the background.
“The legend and mystery of the monster, along with the absolutely breath-taking scenery of Loch Ness, is one of the main reasons why people enter the event and travel from all over the world to take part.”
A runner who believes they have captured the Loch Ness Monster in a photograph must submit the image to the organisers in order for it to be considered for the prize. The cash will be handed over if the image is confirmed as being a plesiosaur – the large marine reptile that is believed to be Nessie – by a panel of experts.
Those who have taken part in the event in previous years are also being encouraged to get involved in the hunt for Nessie by posting their photographs on the event’s social media channels. Runners who think their selfies show something strange in the water that could be a pre-historic beast can use the hashtag, #nessieselfie