The 27th annual BTR Liverpool Skyline Half Marathon takes place in less than two weeks – with over 3,000 runners gearing up for this year’s race.
To mark the countdown until thousands of runners descend on the city for the race on Sunday 15 March 2020, transport provider Arriva North West has announced it is offering participants free bus travel on race day to help runners reduce their carbon footprint.
This is the latest move from race organiser BTR Liverpool in a bid to make its portfolio of races more green and environmentally friendly.
The 13.1-mile half marathon event also includes a 10 Mile Road Race, which is being staged for the fifth consecutive year. Both races start at 9am. Both races have a grandstand start and finish line area on the iconic Liverpool Waterfront at Pier Head Liverpool, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Runners and spectators will gather under the gaze of the Liver Birds for the annual race set against iconic city backdrop, the Three Graces – Royal Liver Building, Cunard Building, and Port Of Liverpool Building.
Arriva North West is supporting the BTR Liverpool Skyline Half Marathon and BTR 10 Mile Road Race with free bus travel throughout the day.
Race participants can travel on the Arriva bus network across Merseyside throughout the day free of charge. To claim complimentary bus travel into the city centre on the morning of the race, runners must be wearing their race number. Returning home, runners must show their finishers’ race medal. There is no cut off travel time post race.
Arriva North West has also supported the BTR Liverpool Santa Dash for the past three years with complimentary travel for Santas.
Lisa Pearson, Head of Marketing for Arriva North West and Wales, commented:
“We’re really excited to be able to offer free travel across the Merseyside network for those participating in the BTR Liverpool Skyline Half Marathon and BTR 10 Mile Road Race on Sunday 15 March.
“Using the bus and helping customers to reduce their carbon footprints is something we’re incredibly passionate about. We know that one double decker can take 75 cars off the road, and encouraging people to use more sustainable forms of transport is important.
“We’ve supported the BTR Liverpool Santa Dash for three years now so we’re thrilled to further our partnership with BTR through another big race event. We look forward to welcoming BTR runners on our Arriva buses across Merseyside on race day – we wish everyone good luck.”
The support from Arriva North West supports BTR Liverpool’s commitment to going green and reducing race waste. BTR is fully committed to continuing to find ways to reduce single use plastic in its race events.
BTR Liverpool is the leading independent organisation for creating, managing and delivering headline race events across Liverpool City Region. Its growing portfolio also includes the BTR Mersey Tunnel 10K; BTR Liverpool Santa Dash; BTR Port Sunlight 5K and 10K; and 52-mile BTR Tour Of Merseyside.
Post race refreshments are now handed to runners instead of being provided in goody bags – therefore reducing the amount of plastic bags used throughout the year by almost 40,000. Protective plastic pockets for medals are also being phased out.