Liverpool marathon back for 2014 with musical theme

San Diego Rock 'N' Roll Marathon The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon series started in San Diego, US, in 1998

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Marathon running is to return to Liverpool next year with a musical twist, the city's council has revealed.

A three-year contract to stage a race in the city has been awarded to US-based Competitor Group, which runs the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon series.

The concept will see over 20 bands perform along the route and a concert at the end of the race.

This year's marathon in the city was cancelled after organisers could not agree a suitable route.

Rock 'n' Roll Liverpool Marathon will take place on 25 May, with a half marathon also taking part on the day.

Although the route has yet to be finalised, it is expected to start and end on the city's waterfront and take in some of the most famous landmarks.

'Music and sport'

Liverpool City Council said the event should attract 10,000 runners, providing a "huge boost to the economy".

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said: "It is a real coup for Liverpool to have secured the services of the Competitor Group.

"They have a fantastic track record in putting on top quality, exciting events that have a distinctly local flavour and attract large numbers of competitors and spectators from near and far".

He added: "Liverpool is known the world over for music and sport and there is nowhere better to bring them both together than our city."

The Rock 'n' Roll series started with a marathon in San Diego, US, in 1998.

Cities which have hosted the series since include Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Online entries will open from 5 September.

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