"The Mountains are calling and I must go." - John Muir
Slow Marathon was a project instigated in 2012 by Ethiopian artist Mihret Kebede who wanted to walk from her home in Addis Ababa to her residency in Huntly. Environmental and political constraints made this plan impossible; therefore she set out to look for 225 people to jointly walk the 5850 miles from Addis to Scotland.
After the success of the 2012 event, in 2013 Deveron Projects held another Slow Marathon festival weekend on John Muir Day weekend 2013 as part of The Year of Natural Scotland.
In great sunny weather the route took walkers from the Upper Cabrach area alongside the River Deveron and over the Clashmach hill to Huntly.
Peppered with entertainment and refreshment stops, the route followed some of an original Hielan' Way, crossing unexplored and remote country side. In contrast to most sporting events, the winner of the Slow Marathon was the participant who took the longest time to complete the route, Sophie Hope. Sophie's finishing time was 12 hours and 45 minutes whilst the days's loser, Harris Williamson (aged 15) finished 4 hours earlier after 8.45 hours.