The latest and final venue has been confirmed today, with Victoria Square in Birmingham city centre revealed as the official finish area for the Marathon which will be held on Saturday 30 July 2022.
The square will be a welcome sight for the finishers in all four races that will be held on the first Saturday of the Games, with the men’s marathon, women’s marathon and the men’s and women’s T53/T54 events all taking place on the same course which will start at Smithfield, another Birmingham city centre venue that has previously been announced as the home of beach volleyball and basketball 3×3 and wheelchair basketball 3×3 during the Games.
As well as unveiling the full 42.2km/26.2 mile route for the Marathon, the organisers of the Games also unveiled the courses for the Cycling Road Race, Cycling Time Trial and Triathlon and Para Triathlon events.
- The Triathlon and Para Triathlon events will be staged in and around Sutton Park on 29 and 31 July.
- The Marathon will be held in Birmingham and will be staged on Saturday 30 July.
- The Cycling Time Trial will take place in the Black Country and Staffordshire on Thursday 4 August. It will start and finish in Wolverhampton’s West Park.
- The Cycling Road Race will be held on Sunday 7 August and will start and finish at St Nicholas Park.
Matt Kidson, Director of Sport for Birmingham 2022 said: “We are thrilled to be unveiling our final venue for the Games and it is fitting that Victoria Square has been chosen as the finish area for the Marathon, as it is located right in the heart of the host city for Birmingham 2022.
“We are also pleased to be able to publish all of the courses for our road events. These routes will help to profile some fantastic landmarks from across the region and showcase the West Midlands to the world.
“Publishing these details with nine months still to go until the Games begin also means that local residents, businesses and other organisations have plenty of time to make plans for when these one-day events are staged in their local area.”
Councillor Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “The Birmingham 2022 road event routes show how local councils and partners are making the Games about much more than the main competition venues and those lucky enough to obtain tickets for them.
“Road events are free-to-view from many locations, and in the case of the Marathon and Triathlon and Para Triathlon, are bringing the sporting action to the neighbourhoods of hundreds of thousands of Birmingham residents.