It looks likely the Rock 'n Roll Liverpool Marathon and Half Marathon will be a major hit, with organisers announcing more than 1,000 places have already been snapped up. The events, scheduled to take place on Bank Holiday Sunday, 25 May, 2014, were confirmed less than two months ago when the council and the Competitor Group agreed a three-year partnership - an arrangement that stipulates that Liverpool will hold exclusivity of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Festival, and will be the only UK city to host the event over the lifetime of the deal.
The 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.
Race director Rob Griffiths commented: "It's a very important milestone to reach and one that we have hit sooner than expected. The overall entry figure so far isn't the only thing that has impressed us. We have already attracted a substantial number of runners from overseas. Interest is high across the USA and Europe. We have representation from nine countries so far, the majority of overseas runners come from the USA."
The marathon and half-marathon courses will start and finish along Liverpool's spectacular waterfront, featuring scenic views of its historic docks, rich architecture, spectacular museums and numerous cultural attractions along the course. Detailed plans of the route will be revealed in the first week of November, but Rob said competitors can expect a fantastic course: "We are very excited about the route. It's true City Marathon and very much a celebration of Liverpool. The route will take in some iconic landmarks such as Mathew Street, China Town and the football stadia."
For more information and to register, visit the event website. Registration up until 31 December, is priced at £45 and £30 for the marathon and half marathon respectively.