Organisers of the Rock 'n' Roll Liverpool Marathon & Half Marathon have announced the route for the inaugural race, which will showcase the city's waterfront. The event, scheduled Sunday 25 May 2014, will begin at the Albert Dock, one of the most visited attractions in the UK and a World Heritage Site, and will pass through the celebrated Cavern Quarter, where The Beatles rose to prominence in the 1960s.
Both races 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.
The course includes Liverpool and Everton Football Clubs, along with Stanley Park, Sefton Park and Otterspool Park. It also sees participants run through the streets of Europe's oldest Chinese community and beneath the Chinese Arch - the largest outside of China.
Tom Godfrey, General Manager of Competitor Group Europe, which operates the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series, commented: "The marathon course really offers runners a beautiful balance of urban and magnificent park views to highlight Liverpool's unique neighbourhoods, tree-lined streets and majestic waterfront that will give participants a true taste of the best Liverpool has to offer. The springtime temperatures will also make this an ideal race and we're excited to showcase this beautiful city to our runners."
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.