The first edition of the Port of Antwerp Night Marathon brought together no fewer than 10,000 runners on Saturday evening 11 September. the event can directly call itself the largest marathon in Belgium.
The Antwerp marathon also attracted many Dutch people who are enthusiasts on the social channels, don’t know they have been there for a long time. To make it safe, all participants have a valid test or vaccination certificate when collecting their start number. With the green wristband received in this way, the starting area could be entered.
The starting gun for the Antwerp marathon sounds at exactly 19.10. At 01:35 the last participant crossed the finish line. The collective plant was central, which was a strong boost for many after the introduction of the corona measures and the countless cancellations that followed. Runners for whom the entire marathon was still a step too far, could each cover a quarter of the distance as members of a relay team. And then there was also a half marathon on the program.
The organization treated both runners and the public to a good atmosphere. For example, on Roosevelt a large screen emerged of a photo extension of every past and formed fan Heremenieke from Turnhout at the height of the Boerentoren in front of the influence list to prevent.
Victoria Warpy was the first woman to cross the finish line, in a solid 3.02.12. “This is my second marathon. The first I ran during the lockdown, completely in my once,’ the 24-year-old physiotherapist from Leuven told the Belgian newspaper after the finish. The standard. Belgian champion for the men was Filip Vercruysse (38) from Vlamertinge, who needed 2.24.11 to bridge the classic distance.
The Great North Run
The Port of Antwerp Night Marathon was actually not the only major event outside the Netherlands this weekend: the 40th Great North Run was held in Newcastle, Britain. with 57 thousand participants, a phased start and a modified route. A big marathon also took place in Vienna on Sunday. Whether large running events can also be held in the Netherlands will become clear from the government of Tuesday 14 September.
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