Brussels’ picturesque streets lined with majestic historical buildings and hip edifices are filled with adrenaline and excitement during the one-day Brussels Marathon, held during autumn each year. The first marathon was held in 1984, and now each year thousands of spectators from all around the world gather to watch an action-packed road race as 15,000 runners from 40 countries compete in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.
The loop-style race starts and ends in the historic Parc du Cinquantenaire and ends at the Boulevard Anspach. The marathon is broken up into several races including the Airport Marathon, Airport Half Marathon, Airport Mini-Marathon, and a Kids Run. The runners compete in Brussels’ scenic but hilly roads, pass through stunning green areas, the Woluwe Park, the Capuchin Forest, the Royal Belgian Golf Club, and finally the Africa Museum before finally making it back to the city.
The Marathon will also feature other forms of entertainment, plus refreshments, snacks, and booths from some of the biggest names in running.
‘The electrifying atmosphere is contagious, as spectators both young and old cheer for the racers during the Brussels Marathon.’
The Brussels Marathon starts at the Parc du Cinquantenaire and ends at the Boulevard Anspach. The schedule for the races are:
Brussels Airport Marathon: 9AM
Brussels Airport Half Marathon: 10:30AM
Brussels Airport Mini-Marathon: 9:30AM
Kids Run: 11:30AM
Spectators can grab seat or standing area at any part of the course, but because most of the track passes through residential areas, your best bet is to cheer on the runners at either the start or the finish line.
Much of Brussels is compact, making it easy to walk around from one place to another. With the exception of the oldest area in town, which has uneven cobblestone roads, the rest of Brussels is generally easy to explore on foot.
Brussels has a clean and efficient public transportation system. The train is a quick and easy way to get around. If you have more time to leisurely check out the sights, renting a bicycle is highly recommended. Otherwise, there’s always Uber.
The multicultural, incredibly hip city of Brussels has a wide range of choices when it comes to lodging. Whether you’re on a budget or not, you’ll easily find something within your price range. There are lots of charming neighborhoods to choose from, but some of the best areas to stay in where you’ll easily find lots of culture, dining, bars, and fantastic architecture include Saint Gery, Saint Josse-ten-Noode, Les Marolles, and Sablon.
Autumn is one of the best times to explore Brussels. Travelers of all ages can enjoy a multitude of attractions, arts and music festivals, day and night sightseeing tours, or taking in the beauty of the woods near town.
Immerse in the colors of autumn at the beautiful Fôret des Soignes, an Instagram-perfect forest as you stroll or cycle around. Go on a picnic at one of the many parks, and take a beer tour through Brussels. The Belgians are very proud of their locally made beer – it’s among the world’s best! The nightlife is also diverse, with something entertaining for all tastes no matter how simple or bizarre.
The Brussels Marathon will be held on October 28, 2018.
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