Jogscotland (officially styled jogscotland) is a non-profit organisation launched in 2002 to promote jogging and amateur athletics in Scotland. It is partly funded by the Scottish Executive via Sportscotland, partly through commercial sponsorship, and partly through sales of enhanced membership packages (though standard membership is free). Since the major benefit of membership is access to jogging groups, most members are affiliated to one or more local groups, though individuals can also join and receive the organisation's literature independently. Jogscotland's membership was quoted in 2013 as over 25,000, though as free memberships did not originally expire, this represented a cumulative total over more than a decade, including members who were inactive or deceased. From 2014, all memberships will need to be renewed annually. The top tier of membership ("Gold" up to May 2014, "Full" thereafter) includes membership of the parent organisation Scottish Athletics as well, which entitles holders to a reduced fee on Scottish Athletics races.

Jogscotland's programmes are delivered through autonomous local groups, which are required to provide trained jog leaders and meet safety standards, in return for which they receive promotion and support from the national organisation. Jogscotland groups may be community or workplace groups - the former usually generate their own funding from members, the latter are paid for by employers. The organisation promotes several specialised programmes: Jogworks, for workplace groups, Mums On The Run for mother-and-buggy groups, and Junior Jogscotland for children.

Jogscotland has also traditionally organised a series of 5K Challenges in the summer. Following criticism of the 2012 series, the 2013 series was outsourced to a commercial race organiser and rebranded as "Jogscotland's One Big Weekend". From 2014, the "5K Challenges" banner was revived, and is now applied to both the One Big Weekend and a number of events organised by others.

Jogscotland also organises an annual conference and a national awards ceremony recognising individual and group achievements.

Jogscotland's mascot is an anthropomorphic Scottish Terrier called Jog Scotty.

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