Get Ready To Run For The 97
Liverpool's poignant legacy run returns next month...
The poignant legacy community event Run For The 97 returns to Stanley Park in Liverpool on Saturday 27 May for its ninth outing, the event features 5K and 1 Mile distances.
The event was first staged in 2015 as a positive community legacy event to celebrate and honour the lives of the then 96 Liverpool Football Club fans who lost their lives at Hillsborough on 15 April 1989. The event also remembers the families of The 97 and the survivors, who have since tirelessly fought for justice with the utmost dignity. Last year the event was changed to Run For The 97 to include Liverpool FC fan Andrew Devine, who sadly passed away in July 2021. Andrew received life-changing injuries at Hillsborough, he died 32 years after the disaster.
Taking place in Liverpool’s Stanley Park which is situated between Liverpool Football Club’s Anfield Stadium and Everton Football Club’s Goodison Park, the location provides the perfect backdrop for the event which brings together the red and blue sides of the city.
Run For The 97 provides a platform for participants – either taking part in person or virtually – to fundraise or for supporters to make a one-off charity donation. The event has helped to raise more than £40,000 for good causes in the city since it was first staged in 2015.
The official charities for 2023 are Jamie Carragher’s 23 Foundation, LFC Foundation, Everton in the Community, and Stanley Park junior parkrun. Together they support the vision of creating a legacy to honour The 97 while ensuring local communities benefit through their work.
BTR Liverpool's Alan Rothwell commented: “On Saturday 27 May we will once again come together – red and blue standing side by side – as we walk, jog, or run to remember The 97 in a respectful and fitting way.
“The event provides a platform to raise money in memory of The 97. The funds are split equally between our four excellent official charities to support vital outreach projects and programmes in the local community – providing a positive legacy to remember the 97 Liverpool Football Club fans, their families, and the survivors.”
You can enter now at via the event entry system.
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