Belgium in Brief: Racing through the city

Belgium in Brief: Racing through the city
Credit: Belga/20 km of Brussels

On Sunday, thousands of runners will take over the centre of Belgium's capital for the 20km of Brussels – causing traffic disruptions, road closures and tram and bus disruptions all day.

The race will take the runners on a journey through Brussels' most beautiful monuments and parks, starting at Parc du Cinquantenaire at 10:00 and also finishing there around 16:00.

During that period, however, several busy streets, such as rue Belliard, rue de la Régence and avenue Louise will be (partially) completely closed to traffic. The key tunnels in the area and under the Rue Belliard (N23), Avenue de Tervueren (N3) and Avenue Louise (N24) will also be closed.

Local diversions will be set up via side roads where possible, but motorists are still advised to avoid Brussels on Sunday.

Will you take part? Let @Maajtee know.

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