This Sunday at 9:00 the 34th edition of the AG Antwerp 10 Miles & Marathon will start on Linkeroever. The organisers are pulling out all the stops to encourage the runners along the way.
The inaugural edition of the 10 Miles in 1986 attracted 800 participants. In 2007 the event surpassed 10,000 runners for the first time, which was followed by an explosive growth. The past number of years around 40,000 people took part, making the AG Antwerp 10 Miles & Marathon the biggest running event in the country.
The AG Antwerp Marathon is the country's most popular marathon for the second consecutive year with over 3,000 participants.
THE EVENT IN NUMBERS
More than 1,850 staff members and volunteers join forces to install a huge 12,600 square metre event village on Antwerp's Linkeroever.
All participants combined will run a distance the equivalent of 15 circumferences of the earth. Over 40% of the participants are women and 117 nationalities are represented. Most participants (43%) are from the Antwerp province, but the Dutch are also well represented with 1474 runners.
Over 315 companies and 100 schools are present. Title sponsor AG Insurance leads the way with a massive 704 employees taking the start. The AG Antwerp 10 Miles & Marathon is also attracting a lot of spectators to Antwerp, with the organisers expecting around 85,000 people along the course, who will join the runners in enjoying the various animations on the course.
OVER 40 ANIMATIONS
With over 40 trackside animations - 17 of which on the AG Antwerp 10 Miles, more than one animation per kilometre - Sunday is shaping up to be an entertaining day for participants, supporters and the citizens of Antwerp.
New additions to the AG Antwerp 10 Miles course include atmospheric passages through 't Zuid and the student neighbourhood (including the Ossenmarkt).
Many well-known Belgians are taking on the challenge on Sunday. Antwerp mayor Bart De Wever has started what seems to be a new tradition, tackling the full AG Antwerp Marathon for the third year in a row. This time he's joined by his wife, who makes her marathon debut.
On the popular AG Antwerp 10 Miles many well-known Belgians are joining the fun, including Joke Van de Velde, Geert Hoste and Xavier Malisse. Former pro tennis player Malisse is part of a team that runs for VZW Stop Darmkanker, a charity that takes on the fight against colon cancer.
Several Antwerp city councillors will be showing their mettle as well. The city council is fielding no fewer than four runners with Ludo Van Campenhout, Jinnih Beels, Annick De Ridder and Fons Duchateau.
Signing up is still possible:
- online until midnight on Saturday 27 April
- until 25 April at Runners' Lab in Zwijndrecht, Ghent, Zaventem and Paal
- from Friday until Sunday morning on site at the new registration zone on the Frederik Van Eedenplein