Liverpool is set to welcome more than 8,000 runners for the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday 25 May. This is the first Rock ‘n’ Roll themed race to be staged in England, and organisers are confident that Liverpool’s rich musical heritage will be the ideal venue to launch their high-octane event.
Of the confirmed entrants, nearly 500 are travelling from around the world, with participants hailing from 34 different counties. Both the marathon and half marathon courses will start and finish along the waterfront, featuring scenic views of the stunning docks, rich architecture, spectacular museums and historic commercial districts along the course.
The race begins at the Albert Dock, one of the most visited attractions in the UK and a World Heritage Site, and will pass through the Cavern Quarter, where The Beatles rose to prominence in the 1960s. Live bands and cheering spectators will line both courses and will round off the day with a celebratory finish line festival and headlining concert by The Farm and The Christians.
Josh Furlow, executive vice president of Competitor Group, organisers of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, said: “Liverpool is rich in history and culture. It’s a destination many people want to travel to, making it an ideal location to host a marathon and half marathon. Participants will not only be able to tour the city as they run along the course, but also enjoy Liverpool’s strong musical influences throughout race weekend. We anticipate many people will also take the opportunity to extend their trip for the race and explore other amazing attractions around England.”
The Rock ‘n’ Roll concept - in which live bands perform at each mile of the route and runners celebrate their accomplishment with a post-race concert at the finish line - has proven to be highly successful with races across many major cities. Since it launched its initial race in 1998 in San Diego, the events now stand as the world's largest running series, attracting over 500,000 participants to its various locations each year.
You can still enter the race by visiting the event website.