Brussels Airport Brussels Marathon

Edition 20

Brussels/Bruxelles, Brussels Capital Region, Belgium
01 Oct, 2023 (Sun)
Event size: 5000 - 9999 participants


21.097 km, 42.195 km

About the event

The Brussels Airport Marathon & Half Marathon is returning on Sunday, 2 October after a two-year hiatus! In addition, a brand-new course has been created, starting beneath the Atomium and culminating at the King Baudouin Stadium. This unique route includes a journey from the Heysel Plateau to the center and back, with stops at the Royal Palace. The organizers are eager to reveal the entire course soon.Benoit Hellings, alderman of Sport for the City of Brussels, expressed his excitement for the event. “We are so thrilled to have thousands of runners from all over the globe come together and enjoy this sporting experience. As the capital of Europe, Brussels deserves to have a quality marathon, and this course starting under the Atomium is perfect for the 17th edition. We look forward to seeing everyone on October 2!”Similarly, Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport, shared his anticipation. “We are ecstatic to be able to support this amazing event after its two-year absence. We are excited to welcome runners from around the world to our capital and to have them experience the unique course starting from the Atomium. Exercise brings people together, and we are looking forward to running together again!”Apart from the marathon, there is also the Brussels Airport Half Marathon and shorter distances. Additionally, the Kids Run will be held in the Parc de Laeken.The Brussels Airport Marathon & Half Marathon has been gaining international attention every year. The last edition had participants from 105 countries, with a third of them being from outside Belgium. The majority of participants come from France, the Netherlands, Germany, and the UK. The Atomium, a renowned symbol of the country, will act as a great starting point for the international event.Sven Gatz, Minister of Finance and Budget for the Brussels Regional Government, is delighted to have a global sporting event in the capital. “The marathon has become an international calling card for Brussels! The carefully-designed course starts beneath the Atomium and winds its way through the city. The Brussels-Capital Region is thrilled to have this international competition, and we can’t wait to welcome the long-distance runners on October 2!”

Races offered by this event

You have 16 weeks to prepare


01 Oct, 2023 (Sun)
42.195 km
Race size: 1000 - 2499 participants
On site

Half Marathon

01 Oct, 2023 (Sun)
21.097 km
Race size: 5000 - 9999 participants
On site

Course details

Course highlights

The start will be at the base of the Belgian monument par excellence: the Atomium. The route then passes Brussels Expo and heads towards the green park of Laeken. Here, the highlights follow in quick succession with passes along the Dynasty Monument, the Royal Greenhouses and Laeken Castle – the official royal residence (say hello to the King by the way!). Passing through Jette and the idyllic King Baudouin Park, you will take wide avenues towards the famous Northern Quarter – the business district of Brussels. From there, you follow the billiard-flat Brussels Canal, looping around to the hypermodern Docks shopping centre and then along the Port of Brussels. Fun fact: you’ll always have a view of your fellow runners on the other side of the canal! Passing the Avenue Van Praet – save some energy for that climb – the Japanese tower and another pass along the Atomium, you run along the Avenue Marathon (the aptly named 😊) towards the Roi Baudouin stadium: home of the Red Devils! The majestic finish is located on the same athletics track where the famous Allianz Memorial Van Damme Diamond League meeting will take place a few weeks earlier. Here you will receive your well-deserved medal – to be worn around your neck – to the thunderous applause of the fans in the stands! A moment that will give you goosebumps! See you on Sunday 2 October for a new personal best!

Start address

Brussels, Belgium

Finish address

Koning Boudewijnstadion, Marathonlaan, Brussels, Belgium

What’s included in entry

These are included in your entry
Finisher medal
Event T-shirts
Timing chip (single use)
Photo Service
Video Service
Expo entry
Free public transport
Drink Stations
Nutrition Stations
Medical Assistance
Bag drop
Dressing rooms
Accident insurance
Custom BIB number
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