20 km of Brussels is back on track


The 20 km of Brussels is a running race that traditionally takes place every year on the last Sunday of May in the capital city of Belgium. In 2020, the race was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Last year, it was postponed for September 2021 and it was held in a hybrid mode: both virtually and in person. This was, however, a first-time chance for all those who were not in Brussels to participate at this event as well. Also, walkers were invited for the first time to join the race.

This year, the City of Brussels has confirmed that the race will be held in person on May 29, 2022. The maximum number of participants is limited to 40,000.

Mayor of Brussels Philippe Close stated: “The City of Brussels is delighted that this event, which both the people of Brussels and the associations look forward to, is back on the agenda for the last Sunday in May, as it has been in the past”.

Councillor for sport for the City of Brussels Benoit Hellings said: “The health situation has somewhat calmed down over the last few weeks. The return of the 20 km through Brussels at the usual date and in its classic form is a symbol which we are very happy about. 40,000 participants will once again have the pleasure of  improving their records or simply to reach the finish line at their own pace along a fantastic route.”

The first ever 20 km of Brussels race was held on June 8, 1980. It was attended by more than 4,000 participants. Over the years, the number of participants kept on rising: in 2019, 40,000 participants were registered. They were representing 137 nationalities. (photo credit: 20 km de Bruxelles official page)