Around 2,400 runners will take on a Liverpool to New Brighton challenge this Sunday (15 April) as the BTR Mersey Tunnel 10K returns.
Participants from the region and its running clubs as well as destinations as far as Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and Thailand have signed up to the 13th annual race.
This year the run coincides with the 29th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy and participants will commemorate the 1989 disaster, in which 96 football supporters tragically lost their lives.
Runners will be encouraged to join in with a minute of applause to remember the 96, their families and survivors shortly before the race starts at 9.30am.
Setting off from the starting line on Blackstock Street in Liverpool city centre, runners will then travel through the Kingsway Tunnel, along Seacombe Promenade, past Fort Perch Rock and the Marine Lake, then on to the finish line at Ian Fraser Walk in New Brighton.
The water station, which will this year be positioned near to the Memorial Gardens to the 96 at Wallasey Town Hall, will be manned by volunteers from the LFC Foundation – the official charity of Liverpool Football Club.
BTR race director, Alan Rothwell says: “The Mersey Tunnel 10K continues to attract runners keen to experience the rare and unique opportunity to run through the Kingsway Tunnel and under the River Mersey. There’s always such a great atmosphere on the day, with runners emerging from the tunnel with a big smile on their faces.
“This year’s race will be particularly poignant sharing the date of the 29th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy. We are asking runners to come together, stand side by side, and join in a minute’s applause shortly before the race starts at 9.30am as we pay our respects to the 96, their families and the survivors.”