The 3rd edition of the Baloise Antwerp 10 Miles will take place on Sunday 21 April 2024. Registration for the country’s biggest running party will open at 8:30 am on Friday 8 December.
37,500 runners took part in the past edition of the Baloise Antwerp 10 Miles. 31,000 of them ran the actual 10 miles, 4,700 opted for the 6.8 km Baloise Antwerp Short Run and 1,800 children between 4 and 12 enjoyed the 1.8 km Kids Mile. The 2024 programme features these three distances again.
The 10 miles distance was completely sold out for the first time last spring. “We expect the 2024 edition to fill up even faster. So, if you do not want to miss the running classic through the Kennedy and Waasland tunnels next year it is best not to wait too long to register,” says Greg Broekmans of Golazo. “Both tunnels are of course back on the menu, but the rest of the course will not be announced until later.” Registration for the 38th edition of the Baloise Antwerp 10 Miles will open on Friday at 8:30 am.
To increase the participants’ running comfort, there will be five instead of four starting waves in 2024. The waves will set off at 25-minute intervals. The starting gun for the first wave will sound at 1:05 pm, and the first runners of the fifth and final wave will start their 10-mile journey through Antwerp at 2:45 pm. Participants in the Baloise Antwerp Short Run may set off as early as 11:30 am. The Kids Mile, which schools will be able to participate in for free this year, will be the opener of the 38th Baloise Antwerp 10 Miles at 10:30 am.
Baloise supports ‘the unbeatables’
“The Baloise Antwerp 10 Miles has to be a real running festival for everyone,” says Liesbeth Laureys, Director of Marketing and Digital at Baloise. “We want to get as many people running on 21 April as possible because exercising together and supporting each other motivates. Baloise goes ‘the extra mile’ to make the Baloise Antwerp 10 Miles a top edition. So, in the coming weeks we’re going to give our employees, brokers, friends, and family extra motivation to join the Baloise team. Moreover, this year we are also supporting the UZA foundation’s ‘Onklopbaar’ (unbeatable), an exercise programme run by the UZA for patients with various conditions such as cancer, Parkinson’s, heart and stroke patients. These patients are preparing for 20 weeks to participate in the Baloise Antwerp 10 Miles. For every member of the Baloise team, we donate 15 Euros to ‘the unbeatables’ of the UZA Foundation. In this way, we as Baloise want to show that sport and health go hand in hand.”
Bart De Wever: “Excellent Christmas gift”
Antwerp mayor Bart De Wever is already looking forward to Sunday 21 April. “The coming holiday season is also a time of good intentions. For those who really want to set the new year in motion, there is no better resolution than the 10 Miles. As early registration is the best guarantee for a good preparation, the 10 Miles is an excellent gift to put under the Christmas tree. Personally, I put the 10 Miles in my diary as a benchmark for relaunching my exercise routine after some long months of a post-covid break. I hope to welcome many fellow runners!”
Antwerp Councillor for Sport Peter Wouters: “Finally being able to tick off your first 10 Miles, the burning ambition to improve your personal record, the result of a bet that got out of hand or the delightful prospect of immersing yourself in the unique atmosphere of Flanders’ biggest running festival. Whatever your motivation for participating, the Baloise Antwerp 10 Miles offers plenty of reasons to move. You can run on adrenaline, but as Councillor for Sport, I recommend building up your condition in good time. So, don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today. The same goes for your registration.”
Baloise Antwerp Park Miles = ideal preparation
You can start working on your condition and thoroughly testing your legs on Sunday 28 January at the third edition of the Baloise Antwerp Park Miles, specially organised as preparation for the real 10 Miles. Participants in this pleasant 5, 10 or 20 km preparation run will cross some green oases on the east side of the city, such as Ertbrugge domain and the Bremweide. The programme also features a passage through the Bosuilstadion and Fort 2 in Wommelgem. Start and finish are at Sportoase and Runners’ lab (Park Groot Schijn).