Runners in the 2017 RB Hull Marathon are in for a cultural feast when they take to the streets on 24 September. The marathon route will feature art installations within every mile, specially designed mile markers, entertainment at least every two miles and a tour of many iconic landmarks in the 2017 UK City of Culture. There will also be a return crossing of the Grade I listed Humber Bridge and a marathon exhibition at Hull College.
Local artists and photographers were invited to submit images for the art installations and the best were chosen to be reproduced and transformed into large ‘mats’ which will be fixed to the road surface within every mile of the race route. The mages represent particular features of Hull and will give runners something else to look forward to as they progress around the course.
Each mile of the 26.2 mile marathon route will be signified by a specially designed mile marker courtesy of local students and sponsored by local companies. Race organisers teamed up with Active Humber to engage with local educational institutions to design the unique mile markers for the City of Culture edition of the event.
Gary Hood, CEO of Active Humber, commented: “Active Humber are delighted to be getting involved in this Year’s Hull Marathon. We have worked with children from 26 local schools and colleges to design unique mile markers that will be placed along the route, which will no doubt raise awareness of the marathon route passing through their local community, and encourage children and families to support the runners on the day.”
Entertainment will also feature around the marathon course with music at least every 2 miles courtesy of a range of local bands and artistes. Runners and spectators will be able to enjoy a wide range of music including an acapella group, a brass band, a pipe band, a samba band, a wind band, a musical theatre group and motivating music provided by a DJ. The music and cheering spectators will create a great atmosphere to be enjoyed by everyone involved. We are still taking bookings for entertainment around the course. Anyone wishing to get involved should email firstname.lastname@example.org to say what they can offer.
A special marathon exhibition will be held on the weekend of the race. The winning mile marker designs and the original artwork and photographs used for the art installations will be on display in the Horncastle Building at Hull College, 10 Wincolmlee, Hull HU2 8HZ where runners pick up their race packs.
There will also be displays by local running clubs at the exhibition which will be held on marathon weekend. The opening times are:
5pm – 8pm Friday 22 September
9am – 5pm Saturday 23 September
10am – 5 pm Sunday 24 September
Entry is free and the exhibition is open to the public as well as to runners collecting their race packs.