The Competitor Group, Inc. (CGI) has announced the new Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Marathon & ½ Marathon has already taken over 1,000 entries for the event that will take place next spring on Sunday, May 25, 2014.
“It’s a very important milestone to reach and one that we have hit sooner than expected.” said Rob Griffiths, Race Director of Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Marathon. “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 9 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. Live bands interspersed with fanfare and entertainment and will line the route, culminating the race experience with a celebratory finish line festival and post race concert.
The routes for both the Marathon and Half Marathon are to be revealed in November. Rob added: “We are very excited about the route. It’s a 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.”
Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for culture and tourism, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “Sport, music and Liverpool go hand in hand, so I’m not surprised the Rock n Roll Marathon is proving hugely popular.
“This city excels when it puts on an event, and we’re expecting this new addition to next year’s calendar to once again showcase Liverpool at its best.
“We look forward to welcoming the thousands of runners taking part and spectators who will line the route which itself will be a celebration of many of Liverpool’s iconic attractions.”
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series started as a single race in 1998, and is now the World’s Largest Running Series that has grown to include a global tour of 31 events in 2013. The series was the first to combine the potential of running races as grand celebrations of health and wellness by combining a tourist destination, recreational running, charity fundraising, and musical entertainment into a single event. To guarantee no runner is left to hear their own lonely footsteps, live bands are positioned along the course, intermixed with entertainment and a festival at the finish line as a reward for all the participants.
Key Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Entry Facts:
24% of entrants from Liverpool
52% of entrants are female
30% of US entrants from New York
International entrants from countries such as USA, Portugal, Ireland, Spain, France, Italy and Kenya