Friday, 27 December 2019
The 10th edition of the Manneken-Pis Corrida took place yesterday evening, on the streets of Brussels.
Before the run, eleven runners who participated in all previous editions were rewarded in a ceremony.
With 3,000 runners registered, the event was sold-out. Participants had the choice between a 4 km or 8 km course, or two 4 km loops, with the place of departure and arrival at Place d’Espagne.
The runners ran through Place des Martyrs, the Galerie de la Reine, Rue Neuve and even the Grand-Place. Different musical groups, including the Meyboom fanfare, boosted the energy for the runner and the event at different points along the route.
The runners wore a red Christmas hat and displayed the trilingual message “The most beautiful corrida of the world. Or?”.
The Manneken-Pis was dressed in the afternoon with its 1,035th costume, a red sportswear outfit consisting of shorts and shoes similar to those of the Czech champion Emil Zatopek. The Manneken-Pis also wore a Christmas hat.
Running magazine Zatopek, created the race in 2007 in Belgium. One euro from each runner is donated to the Rafaël centre which is fighting poverty in Brussels.
The Brussels Times