A half marathon ending in Birmingham city centre will be staged next year.
City council leisure, sport and culture cabinet member Ray Hassall confirmed that arrangements are being made to stage the race on September 7 2008.
Coun Hassall (Lib Dem Perry Barr) said the event would put Birmingham back on the national road running map. He added that applications from competitors representing all levels of fitness would be welcome, and there will also be a separate race for disabled contestants, and a junior race.
It is likely the races will begin at the Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr and finish in Centenary Square, although the exact route will not be finalised until detailed consultation with key groups has taken place.
The Birmingham half marathon will be officially launched in the new year, with details on how to enter and information about junior and wheelchair races.
Coun Hassall said: "I feel very passionate about getting the people of this city fit and healthy so I am delighted to be able to announce this half marathon for Birmingham, enabling local people to take part in such a major event.
"This will be a superb event for the city and will help put Birmingham firmly back on the road running map.
"We have great leisure facilities so my message for the new year is to get to your local leisure centre to make sure you can either walk or run the half marathon for Birmingham. All levels of fitness are welcome."