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Sofico Gent Marathon

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Quick facts

Location Gent, Belgium

Distance 10 km

Date 29 Mar 2020

About Sofico Gent Marathon

Sunday 29th March is a date that many runners have marked in permanent ink in their diaries. That is when the 4th edition of the Sofico Gent Marathon will take place. 

The event's new organisers Golazo and Stefaan Engels are joining forces for the fourth edition of the Sofico Gent Marathon on Sunday 29 March. You can sign up now for the marathon with an all-new course through the historic city centre of Ghent. 

Last year the third edition of the Gent Marathon welcomed 5,000 runners. The fourth edition in 2020 is following in only five months time and is shaping up to be even better.

SOFICO GENT MARATHON ON THE INTERNATIONAL CALENDAR

"The end of March is the perfect spot on the marathon calendar," says Greg Broekmans of Golazo sports, which also organises the marathons of Antwerp, Rotterdam and Düsseldorf. "The Sofico Gent Marathon is well-liked in Ghent and its surroundings but as a historic city Ghent also has a lot of attractions for visitors. Marathon tourism is booming. From 2020, a year of celebration in Ghent because of Van Eyck 2020, we would like to attract many more marathon runners from abroad."

A RUN WITH A VIEW OVER THE UNIQUE GHENT SKYLINE

After the first kilometre along the Watersportbaan, the route dives straight into the city centre via the Nieuwewandeling passing by the most famous Ghent historic buildings and St Michael's Bridge. This will provide the participants with a beautiful view over the Ghent skyline defined by St Nicholas Church, the Belfry and St Bavo's Cathedral. The runners will go past the Vrijdagmarkt and the Van Eyck swimming pool; along the Visserij and after a passage along the banks of the Scheldt they will go in the direction of the Ghelamco Arena.

The route through the AA Ghent football stadium adds a nice little extra novelty before the participants of the longest distance continue their run along the Scheldt and Lys and discover the budding green open spaces of Sint-Denijs-Westrem and Afsnee. As tradition dictates, the Sofico Ghent Marathon finishes in the impressive Topsporthal where the runners will be welcomed with a warm applause from the many supporters, and where every participant will receive a unique Jan van Eyck medal to mark the Jan Van Eyck theme year 2020. This is a unique occasion for Ghent and a top experience for the participants as part of the festivities of the Jan Van Eyck year 2020!

"The Sofico Gent Marathon has become a household name on the running calendar. And rightly so. A route that crosses the city centre for the first time and passes by some of the highlights of the van Eyck programme, has made the next edition one to look forward to already", says Sofie Bracke, City Councillor for Sport." Sign up now!

 

Practicalities

Age Limit

Sofico Gent Marathon: 18 or older on race day. Sofico Gent Half Marathon: born in 2004 or before.

Aid Stations

Every 5 km we will provide cups of water and isotonic AA drink Isolemon. After the finish all runners will receive one bottle of sports water, one bottle of AA Drink Isolemon and one piece of gingerbread. This will give runners the opportunity to drink every 5 km.

Award Medals

At the finish every participant will receive a unique medal.

Equipment Storage

Before the start you will be able to hand over your sports bag at the sports bag storage, where your bag will receive a numbered sticker. The same number will also be attached to your race number. After the race you will be able to collect your bag at the same spot by showing your race number. Loose pieces of clothing and plastic bags will not be accepted. Make sure to bring a sealable sports bag to store your belongings. Tip: Make sure your sports bag is sealed properly and don’t leave any valuable items behind, like smartphones.

Maximum Time

The Gent Marathon time limit is set at 5:30. At the request of the police the roads will be made accessible based on a 5:30 pace. If you run any slower, you will be removed from the race. The course will then be made available to regular road traffic.

Provided Photo Service

SPORTOGRAF.COM is the official photo service of the Gent Marathon. These photographers have acquired a good reputation in recent years with their fully digital service and competitive prices. In view of the fact that they themselves are active runners, they have an outstanding feeling from the perspective of the participant.

Race Kit Includes

A personalised race number including your first name and a chip (only available for participants registered online before 10 March 2020). A unique finisher medal for every finisher. Participants in the marathon will receive the exclusive event t-shirt for free with their registration. Unique Gulden Draak bottle of beer for all participants (+18) with a Jan van Eyck illustration. Supply posts on the course and at the finish. Changing rooms. Free bag storage. Accurate timekeeping and distance markers on the course and the finish. Full results, available live on the event website. Detailed course map for every distance, including supply posts. Sportinez insurance during the race. Electronic chip to ensure accurate timekeeping.

Refreshments

Every 5 km we will provide cups of water and isotonic AA drink Isolemon. After the finish all runners will receive one bottle of sports water, one bottle of AA Drink Isolemon and one piece of gingerbread. This will give runners the opportunity to drink every 5 km.

Sofico Gent Marathon Route Map

Sofico Gent Marathon Route Map

Start:

Zuiderlaan 14, 9000 Gent, Belgium


Sofico Gent Marathon Ticket prices: €5.00 - €70.00

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.