On Sunday 6th October, the marathon and half marathon will descend en mass to Brussels to discover our European capital whilst running. The Brussels Airport Marathon & Half Marathon is thé family running event par excellence in Brussels and consistently manages to attract a growing number of international runners. European marathon champion Koen Naert is the favourite to win the half marathon.
The whole world will come together in Brussels on Sunday. No less than 105 nationalities will appear at the start in the Parc du Cinquantenaire and one third of all participants do not live in Belgium. The Brussels Airport Marathon & Half Marathon are particularly popular in our neighbouring countries with a large number of French, Dutch, German and British registrations.
Simultaneously, 2,500 participants hail from the Brussels-Capital Region. It is clear that the big draws of the Brussels Airport Marathon & Half Marathon are the European capital itself, the varied course that intertwines the inner city with the green spaces in the Bois de la Cambre and the Tervuren Park, and the family atmosphere with a wealth of distances to choose from and a pleasant fan village at the start and finish.
You can still register up until the day of the marathon itself! The same goes for those who want to participate in the Race for the Cure. That race was scheduled to take place last Sunday but was cancelled due to the adverse weather predictions and has now been fully integrated into the 6.5km Mini Marathon. All those who were registered for the Race for the Cure are expected at the Parc du Cinquantenaire at 9:30pm on Sunday.
NAERT IN HALF MARATHON
The Brussels Airport Marathon & Half Marathon are also sports at absolute top level. The Belgian European marathon champion Koen Naert will start in the Half Marathon on Sunday. Naert is busy training for the marathon at the next summer Olympics in Tokyo. He will face some stiff competition from British runner Nick Earl. In the marathon, it will be a duel between the Kenyans Michael Chege (with a personal best of 2:09:12) and Karim Kwemoi and our compatriot Willem Van Schuerbeeck. In the women's competition, we are looking forward to seeing last year's winner, Kabiratou Nassam. She will face some serious competition from the Belgian Eva Galle.
WELCOME TO THE BELGIAN BEER CAFE
The Belgian Beer Cafe at the finish line will be the epicentre where participants and supporters can prep and debrief over a cold Belgian beer. The menu also features Belgian classics such as chips, waffles and chocolate! Fans and participants can already get a taste of all the delights on Saturday, because the BXL Run Crew is organising a warm-up run at 11am starting and finishing at this new hotspot. Everybody is welcome!