Over 40,000 people, 30% of which are women, will take part in the 36th edition of the 20-Km run through Brussels on Sunday. 133 countries will be represented in total. The race will start from Esplanade du Cinquantenaire, in successive waves from 10:00am onwards. Disabled runners will start at 9:45am. The route followed by runners will be closed from 8:45 am.
Rue de la Loi will re-open around noon, Avenue Louise around 1:00pm, Avenue Franklin Roosevelt around 2:00pm, Boulevard du Souverain around 3:00pm and Avenue de Tervuren around 4:00pm.
In order to get runners to the Cinquantenaire, Stib will send out trains every 10 minutes from 8:00am on metro lines 1 and 5. Participants must have a valid ticket, says the public transport company. Many bus and tram lines will be diverted because of the route closure.
Many volunteers are needed for the 20-Km race to run smoothly. 847 unpaid volunteers will work from 6:00am to welcome participants, hand out water, or give out medals.
The Red Cross says this 20-Km run is their largest preventive intervention of the year. A total of 430 volunteers will be helped by medical teams from hospitals and spread out over 14 care stations. During the event, 400-700 interventions will take place, which represents one every 32 seconds, highlights the Red Cross.