Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon engages young people

Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Marathon & ½ Marathon has announced that it is adding a new youth aspect of the already fun-filled event weekend.

KiDS ROCK Liverpool is a new campaign aimed at getting kids and parents engaged in running, breaking down boundaries and promoting a life-long enjoyment of physical activity.

“A love of physical fitness starts early and sets kids up for success in life on many levels,” said Rob Griffiths, Race Director. “Running is about having fun, getting outside and learning that being healthy feels great. For this KiDS ROCK campaign, we want to encourage an environment where kids can cross the finish line with smiles on their faces and earn a medal for their achievement.”

Delivered in partnership with the Liverpool City Council, the 2016 pilot project is made of three phases:

  1. School kick-off with lessons focused on the importance of physical activity, and a challenge for children to walk or run 1 mile every day. All children will receive a “running record” and are encouraged to log the distances walked/ran through the end of the school year
  2. Participation in 3 social runs, staged in various locations across Liverpool (
    1. 15 May at 10 am – Stanley Park
    2. 21 May at 12:30 pm – Newsham Park
    3. 25 May at 6:30 pm – Princes Park
  3. Participation in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Mile Fun Run on 29 May

In the future, it is aimed that the scheme will also include year-long engagement initiatives to promote healthy lifestyles and to build itself into the fabric of the local communities.

KiDS ROCK Liverpool has been launched in partnership with three schools: The Lister Primary School, Windsor Primary School and the Norman Pannell School. Schools interested in learning more about the campaign can contact rnrliverpool@competitorgroup.com.

As part of the project, 300 free places will be donated by the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Mile to the schools, so that they can participate in the excitement of race weekend in the city.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool returns with a marathon, half-marathon, 5-kilometer and one-mile distance over the weekend of 28-29 May.  The 5K will return for the second time on Saturday 28th May and both the marathon and half-marathon will be held on Sunday 29th May with the one mile race in the afternoon.

Registration is available online and closes 22 May, 11:59 pm GMT.

The marathon and half marathon will start and finish by the Albert Dock, one of the most visited attractions in the UK and a World Heritage Site. The races will feature scenic views of Liverpool’s stunning docks, rich architecture, spectacular museums and historic commercial districts. In true Rock ‘n’ Roll fashion, live bands and cheering spectators will line the route, concluding with a celebratory finish line festival and concert in front of Echo Arena.

This year, 90’s rock band Cast will headline the Finish Festival Concert on Sunday, 29th May. Hailing from Liverpool and part of the Britpop movement, Cast is sure to rock the Finish Festival celebration for the runners and their achievements. The concert and festival are free and open to the public.

For more information on the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, visit RunRocknRoll.com or follow @RunRocknRoll on Twitter.

About Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Marathon & ½ Marathon

The 3rd annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Marathon & ½ Marathon will welcome more than 17,500 participants on 28th – 29th May 2016. Event weekend kicks off with a Health & Fitness Expo at The ACC Liverpool on Friday 27th May and Saturday 28th May The race starts and finishes along Liverpool’s waterfront, featuring scenic views of the stunning docks, rich architecture, spectacular museums and historic commercial districts along the course.  Live bands and entertainment are staged along the 13.1-mile and 26.2-mile courses. The event weekend concludes with a finish line celebration and festival concert with Cast headining. For more information about the Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Marathon or to register for the event, visit RunRocknRoll.com/Liverpool or follow @RnRLiverpool on Twitter.