The 2015 race will bring more than 1,000 runners from countries around the world; Inaugural race generated ₤3.14 million of economic activity; 13,262 hotel room nights
LIVERPOOL, UK – 6 May 2015 – The success of last year’s inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Marathon & 1/2 Marathon is having a positive impact on the 2015 race. More than 1,000 international runners are travelling from around the world to participate in the second annual race over the weekend of 12-14 June. Some participants are flying from as far as Australia and Brazil.
The 2nd annual event is set to attract more than 12,000 runners over race weekend; nearly 10,000 runners are currently signed up to run. The new Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K on Saturday 13 June is on track to sell-out before online registration officially closes on 7 June. Many runners will participate in both days of running to complete the “Remix Challenge,” meaning they will be awarded finisher’s medals for each distance completed and a special Remix Challenge medal to commemorate completing two races. On Sunday, runners have the option of participating in the marathon, half marathon and 1-mile.
Rob Griffiths, race director, said: “There has been a lot of growth this year following the success of the inaugural 2014 race. The number of international runners has more than doubled and we’re also seeing strong support from the local running community. We’ve added a few more elements including a second day of running to make it a rockin’ running festival weekend for people of all abilities.”
The 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Marathon generated a total economic impact of over ₤3.14 million for the local economy, according to an economic impact study conducted by the San Diego State University Sports MBA program. The report showed that the event filled 13,262 hotel room nights. The race attracted an estimated total of 12,589 registrants and spectators from 37 countries.
This year’s race weekend will kick off with a two-day Running & Endurance Show, where all runners will pick up their race packets and explore numerous fitness retailers, exhibitors and interactive clinics. Runners will also have access to special events and parties throughout Liverpool over the weekend.
Saturday’s new 5K will start and finish at Echo Area, running along the waterfront to the iconic Liver Building and back. Sunday’s marathon, half marathon and 1-mile run will once again 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 the Echo Arena.
For more information or to register for the race, please visit runrocknroll.com/liverpool.
About Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Marathon & ½ Marathon
A Competitor Group event, the 2nd annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Marathon & ½ Marathon is expected to welcome 12,000 participants on Sunday 12th-14th June 2015. The race starts and finishes along the 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 approximately every mile along the 13.1-mile and 26.2-mile courses. Event weekend concludes with a finish line celebration and post-race concert. 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.
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