The date of the inaugural Birmingham International Marathon will be Sunday, October 15, 2017. The marathon, which has already attracted huge levels of interest, will start at Alexander Stadium and finish in the heart of the city and is set to cement the city’s position as European Capital of Running.
Organisers the Great Run Company recently launched the event when chairman Brendan Foster said: said: “Our ambition for the Birmingham International Marathon is to do in the autumn what the London Marathon does in spring – to provide a world-class opportunity for top athletes through to people who just want to participate, people who want to raise money for charity.”
The Birmingham International Marathon will be staged on the same day in 2017 as the well-established half marathon which takes place annually in the city. All 2016 half marathon entrants will have an exclusive entry window into the 2017 marathon before general entries open.
Also present at the recent launch was Ian Stewart, one of the world’s leading distance runners between the late 1960s and mid-1970s. Ian said: “The Birmingham marathon is a great idea and I believe we have a real opportunity to build it into a big international event. We’re in a central location in the country and with it becoming more and more difficult to get into the London Marathon, why wouldn’t people come to Birmingham and run?
“We’re also giving people plenty of notice to prepare for 2017, and have stepping stones along the way. People who have just run the 10km can now progress up to the half-marathon. Then they’ll have a year to get ready for the marathon.”
The 26.2 mile route will take in many of the city’s iconic locations including Aston Hall, the Selfridges Building, Edgbaston Cricket Ground and Bournville.
For more information and to register for the reminder service visit the event website.