About Sofico Gent Marathon
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
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.
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!