HISTORY

  • 8 juin 1980

    The first 20k race was held in Brussels on 8th June, 1980. Some 4659 runners started.

    It was widely reported in the media, and the then new jogging craze did the rest… Participants flocked to the Brussels Tourist Office to sign up. Emile and Carine had to increase their visits and telephone calls to the City of Brussels in order to obtain ever more extensive police supervision. In the end, 4179 runners finished the race at the foot of the Atomium.

  • June 28, 1981

    Second edition of the « 20km de Bruxelles » from the Renaissance avenue. The initial objective was reached: everybody was running!

    The succes of the event had some serious repercussion on the city of Brussels which saw its train station and airport paralysed for a few hours as they were inaccessible.

    1980 Timeline
  • 1982

    First television broadcast of the “Brussels 20km”.

    In agreement with the authorities of Brussels City and the STIB, a new racetrack was decided upon. It would be greener, include more running space and show the most beautiful monuments of the city of Brussels to the foreign visitors.

  • 1983

    Music groups are placed along the racetrack. New kilometer panels indicate the distance in a clearer way. An intergroup ranking is created.

    A new magnetic card was introduced in order to measure individual racetime.

  • 1984

    More first aid posts, more reading docks for the badges that record the running time. A bracelet is given to participants in order to avoid cheating.

    The adventure continues and still interest rises!

  • 1985

    Sixth edition.

    The edition is won by the Briton Christopher Woodhouse in 58min58 seconds.The womens champion is Nfn Van Bost in 1:13:11. The number of participants continues to rise!

  • 1986

    This edition took place on June 1st. Glasses of water are replaced by bottles.

    The seventh edition is still a major succes. The adventure continues!

  • 1987

    Eight edition.

    The Belgian Dirk Vanderherten wins the race in 57:50 whilst  Agnes Pardaens is the women’s champion in 1:05:23

  • 1988

    Ninth edition.

    The race is won by Steve Brace, a British athlete who completes the race in 59:17. The first woman is Francine Peeters. She is Belgian and completes the race in 1:08:03

  • 1989

    Tenth anniversary of the Brussels 20km. The organisers consider a new starting scheme.

    A special 10th birthday cake had been created by runners and given to Emile and Carine for this very special anniversary.

  • 1990

    20 000 participants, the racetrack of the  « Brussels 20km » had to be done backwards due to works.

    10.000 participants left from the avenue des Nerviens, 10.000 left from the avenue de Tervuren.

  • 1991

    12th edition, 26th May 1991.
    18.000 registrations and 15.000 arrivals.

    This edition took place during the festivities organised for the 40 years of reign of the King of Belgium and his 60th birthday. The racetrack was back to normal after having been reversed for the last 2 years. 54 nationalities were present.

  • 1992

    13th edition. 31th of May 1992 – 19 000 registrations.

    Bracelets were introduced along the racetrack. The 148 608 bottles of SPA water were distributed and were recycled into contact lenses.

  • 1993

    14th edition. May 30th, 1993.
    20 000 participants.

    The race was won by the Kenyan Julius Ondieki in 56 minutes and 58 seconds. The first woman was the Russian Lidia Chulanova who finishes in 1 hour 06 minutes and 48 seconds.

  • 1994

    15th edition. 29th May 1992. 28 nationalities represented, 20 000 participants.

    600 volunteers join forces to increase security along the racetrack.

  • 1995

    16th edition.

    Race was won by Vincent Rousseau in 56 minutes and 30 seconds. The first woman was Lieve Slegers in 1:03:27.

  • 1996

    17 th edition.

    Two new features were added to the race for the 17th edition.  An Internet site was created to summarize all the practical information.
    1996 was also the year of a new record… established by Wilson Omwoyo who ran the race in 55 minutes and 41 seconds. The female record was also broken by Marleen Renders who ran in 1h03’57

  • 1997

    18 th edition.

    With a total of 19 000 participants, the 18th edition was a great succes. Marleen Renders won the women’s title for the second year in a row. Simon Bar was the first men to cross the finish line.

  • 1998

    19 th edition.

    This edition took place thanks to to the mobilisation of the Defense department who helped us to manage to make a track through the works in the Regency Street. The edition was almost cancelled due to the works. Thankfully it wasn’t and the edition was a great succes. The winners of the year were Ondore Osoro in 55min15 seconds and the legendary Marleen Renders, who won the women’s title for the third year in a row!  The magnetic card is used for the last time.

  • 1999

    20 th edition.

    This year was the 20th anniversary!  Various festivities were organised. A sports village was organised and many sports federations of Brussel were present. Trucks with music bands paraded through the Cinquantenaire for the start of the race. After the startshot given by Prince Laurent the runners gave it their all for a beautiful race which was eventually won by Mohammed Mourhito in 1h0’32 and by Marleen Renders in1H10’26. A barcode was introduced to replace the magnetic card.

  • 2000

    21th edition.

    The  21th edition of the Brussel 20km took place in one of the worst weather conditions since its creation! The race track was shortened because of this and participants only ran 18km as the Bois de la Cambre was closed.

    The year 2000 saw the start of registrations via Internet.  Over a quarter of all registrations were done online which was a great succes!

  • 2001

    22nd edition

    This edition was a great success with 25 000 participants registered. The organisers were obliged to accept 2000 additionnal registrations because of the numerous additionnal requests they received. Marleen Renders won the female title again in 1h10 whilst Joseph Sitiente won the men’s trophy in 1h01m23s.

  • 2002

    23 rd edition

     

    On Sunday May 26th 2002, 20 000 participants gathered for the 23rd edition of the Brussels 20km. The racetrack remained unchanged and Marleen Renders won her 7th victory!

    Various NGO’s were present and had created fundraising running groups. Amongst them were Médecin sans Frontières and the association of Diabetics…

  • 2003

    24 th edition

     

    Despite unfavorable weather conditions, the Brussels 20k welcomed 22 500 participants! Marleen Renders won her eight title!

  • 2004

    25 th edition

     

    On May 30th, the Brussels 20k celebrated its 25th birthday! And what better number than 25 000 participants to celebrate this anniversary! The starting area was modified and Marleen Renders won her 9th title!

  • 2005

    26 th edition. Start given by King Philip.

    The 2005 edition took place around the celebrations for 175th birthday of Belgium. For this occasion, King Philip, still a Prince at the time, gave the startingshot. The two winners of the edition were Koen Van Rie and Catherine Lallemand who took over the female title after Marleen Renders nine year winning streak.

  • 2006

    27th edition

    The two winners of this year’s edition are Belgian: Rik Ceulemand and Catherine Lallemand!

    25 000 people gathered for the race on the Esplanade of the Cinquantanire on Sunday May 28th.

  • 2007

    28th edition

    Like the previous year, the female title goes to Catherine Lallemand, her 3rd success in a row. The Qatari Mohamed Abduh Bakket wins the male title and finishes the race in 1h00’23. The first Belgian is Rik Ceulemans. He finishes 5th in 1h01’48. With over 28 000 registrations, the start and arrival zone had to be adapted. 4000 participants took place in their starting block located in front of the arcades.  This allowed a better traffic flow for all.

  • 2008

    29th edition. Registration is sold out in less than 3 days.

    The race is sold out and the success is achieved. 25.000 participants are registered!

  • 2009

    30th edition. VIPs are honored, King Philip fires the startingshot.

    The Belgian flag was placed by the Army on the arches. Some 27.000 participants registered for this edition. In only a few hours, the race was sold out. Seeing the disappointment of so many candidates, the organisers decided to produce 2000 extra racenumbers.

    This edition saw the creation of a non refundable personnalised chip, offered by the European Commission at the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

  • 2010

    The amount of participants is now 30000 thanks to a new starting procedure in 6 waves.

    This new disposition allow participants to enjoy better race quality.

  • 2011

    Registrations are a massive succes “20km de Bruxelles” accepts 35.000 participants!

    The new Internet registration website now works perfectly. A record number of nationalities is registered. The Vice President of the European Commission participates. A very warm edition with a burning hot sun!

  • 2012

    The decision was taken to organise the race at 10 am.

    118 nationalities were representend and a new six waves departure system was put into place. The start is now given from the Park of the Cinquantenaire and no longer from the Esplanade.

  • 2013

    The 34th edition welcomed 37.000 participants and 121 nationalities, a record.

    King Philip of Belgium participated at this edition, which was a great honor for our event and our organisation!

  • 2014

    The 20km of Brussels celebrates its 35th birthday!

    Amongst the participants, 58 VIP’s have not missed one single edition. They are living legends and know everything about the race. As true living memories of the race, their story is that of an amazing journey for which we have the utmost respect. The de Valois team wins the race in a record time of 59’05”, the world record of 2014 on a distance of 20km!

  • 2015

    Sunday May 31.

    A beautifull edition marked by a record of participants and nationalities!

  • 2016

    Sunday May 29th.

    A beautiful edition marked by the win of Regis Thonon and the Jogging Plus Symbio team.

  • 2017

    Sunday May 28th.