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ING Antwerp Marathon - ING Antwerp 10 Miles 2009: 26 April
The ING Antwerp Marathon will take place on Sunday April 26 2009. The fast and beautiful course will start at Linkeroever and finish on the historic Grand-Place. A relay marathon is added to the program (6 runners per team).
The ING Antwerp Marathon is scheduled on the same day as the popular ING Antwerp 10 Miles. More than 25.000 runners will be warmly welcomed in Antwerp on April 26th! Apart from the 10 miles (16 km) there is also the ASICS Ladies Run (5 km - Ladies only), the ING Antwerp Short Run 5 km and the Chiquita Kids Run (1 km) on the program.

The course of the 10 Miles through the Kennedytunnel is unique. All courses start and finish at Linkeroever.

Registration is possible on this site from 15 october onwards.
The ultimate tips for a successful ING Antwerp 10 Miles & Marathon
Will you be joining us on Sunday for the high day in running? Great! Here are a few more tips for a successful race.
  • Collect your race number before the race on Friday or Saturday. Try to avoid peak hours on Friday between 15h00 and 16h00.

    At the same time you can visit the RS Lab exhibition on Charles De Costerlaan, the specialised expo for runners.
  • Take the train on Sunday to avoid traffic: lines 2 and 15 go from the Centraal Station straight to Linkeroever (F. Van Eeden).

    If you really have to come by car use the special '10 Mile shuttle buses' from P+R Metropolis after the start of the races on Linkeroever (Halewijnlaan).

    These buses operate between 07h00 and 09h15, between 11h00 and 15h30 and between 18h00 and 20h00. A return ticket costs just 1.60 euro. P+R Metropolis (Groenendaallaan 394, 2030 Antwerp) and is easily accessible on the Antwerp ring road - take the Merksem exit.

    Try to be in Antwerp before 13h00 because one side of the Kennedytunnel will be closed from 13h15.

  • If you are using the storage facilities for your sports bags, then make sure you deposit them in time.

  • In order to improve running comfort, a new starting procedure has been developed: racers will start in groups set up according to expected finishing time and the starting line will be narrowed in the form of an hourglass in order to avoid crowding at the beginning of the 10 Miles. Click here for more info

  • Run at your own pace and enjoy the unique route that runs through Antwerp.

  • Make sure you drink enough liquid while you are running. Provisions are available during the 10 Miles race after 6 kms, 11 kms and at the finish.

  • After the finish enjoy a good massage, the shows and the great atmosphere. That way you will avoid the traffic on the way home.

  • Did you run a good or a bad time? You will be able to discover this on Monday 27 April in the Gazet van Antwerpen and from Thursday afternoon 28 April on www.ingantwerp10miles.be together with your free personal film of your finish.

  • Have you caught the bug? Then maybe we'll see you on 4 October for the Brussels Marathon and Half Marathon or one of the other Running Tour races (www.runningtour.be). Make sure to note down 25 April 2010 in your agenda. This is the date of the 25th ING Antwerp 10 Miles & Marathon.
  • ING Antwerp Marathon course established
    After two years, the course of the ING Antwerp Marathon has been changed.
    The start is located on the Thonetlaan in Linkeroever (no longer on the Gloriantlaan). The traditional circuit in Linkeroever and through the Waasland tunnel has been retained. The part on the Kaaien and towards Wilrijk (the first half of the marathon) will be run in the opposite direction.

    This year the route will pass by the Sportpaleis and the renovated Spoor Noord for the first time. From there it heads towards the finish line on the Grote Markt.

    At the beginning of February the official measurements will be made by the IAAF and any corrections will be made to bring the distance up to exactly 42.195 km.

    Click here for the new route.

    The route of the 5 km and 10 Miles will be announced in a few weeks.
    Increased running comfort during the 10 Miles
    In 2008, 15,000 runners took part in the 10 Miles. To increase the comfort during the run, some changes have been made for 2009.
    "hourglass start": the wide starting strip right in front of the starting line is being made more narrow. This 'hourglass start' will reduce the density on the course and create more room for runners.

    starting position based on estimated finishing time: the start will be sub-divided into different time zones. Runners will be asked to voluntarily start from the zone designated for their estimated finishing times.

    modified course: the part of the course through downtown is being changed to make it possible to get through it more smoothly. The new course layout will be available soon on the website.

    results based on net time: starting in 2009, results will be calculated based on net time. That means that it will no longer be necessary to push through or to stand at the front.
    Time limit marathon from 5 to 6 hours
    To let also slower runners enjoy the beauty of Antwerp Marathon course the race direction and City Council decided to change the time limit from 5 to 6 hours.
    Therefore the marathon will start a half hour earlier: 9.30 am.
    Online registrations are open!
    As from Friday October 17 you can register online for the races of the ING Antwerp 10 Miles & Marathon, held on Sunday April 26 2009.
    The online registrations will stay open until Sunday night April 12 2009. Every participant receives a confirmation e-mail with their race number 10 days in advance of the competition. With this mail you can pick-up your number bib on site.
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