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The Sofico Gent Marathon is nearing. This page lists all important information on the race, your preparation and the Sofico Hospitality Zone.

Last updated on 23rd of March
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We look forward to seeing you on March 27th at the Sofico Gent Marathon. In order to make your participation and visit as comfortable as possible, we have gathered all of the practical information for both runners and clients who wish to visit our hospitality.

Program of the Sofico Gent Marathon

Saturday 26th of March 2022

  • Registrations at the Topsporthal: 12h00 –17h00

Sunday 27th of March 2022

  • Registrations: 8h30 – 10h30
  • Start Sofico Gent Marathon: 10h00
  • Start Sofico Gent Half Marathon : 10h00
  • Start Sofico Gent 11KM: 11h00
  • Official closing time finish: 15h00
  • Official closing time of the event: 16h00

Hospitality 

Throughout the whole day, a hospitality zone will be available for clients, colleagues and their families. It will be located in Topsporthal.  

Location

Start & finish for all distances of the Sofico Gent Marathon are at Topsporthal Vlaanderen, Zuiderlaan 14, 9000 Ghent.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Accessibility

We recommend that everyone comes to the Sofico Gent Marathon on foot, by bike or public transport.

Parking

You cannot park near the Topsporthal. The parking spaces of the Blaarmeersen and the Zuiderlaan will not be accessible on 27 March. Be sure to follow the directions along the way.

Runners and supporters of the Sofico Gent Marathon can park at 1 of the following car parks:

  • Parking Gent-Sint Pieters (station)

Address: Sint-Denijslaan, Ghent

The car park is accessible from the motorway via the R4. Parking is possible at an advantageous rate of 7.50 Euro for a maximum of 8 hours.

This parking is ideal for participants & supporters. From here, the supporters have plenty of opportunities to encourage the runners along the course in the city or at the Topsporthal.

  • The Loop – Parking B

Address: Louis Blériotlaan, 9051 Ghent

Here too you pay 7,50 Euro to park your car.

Free Shuttle Bus

There is a free shuttle bus from both Parking Gent – Sint Pieters and Parking The Loop – Parking C. Our free shuttle bus takes you as a runner or supporter to the Sofico Gent Marathon and then back to your car.

Shuttle bus hours: from 7am to 5pm.

Duration of the route parking – Topsporthal: 10 min.

In case of large crowds at the shuttle stops, participants do get priority over supporters, so that participants are certainly at the start on time. Supporters can then take the next bus or choose a different means of transport.


Pick up your Starter pack

Your starter pack can be collected on-site on Saturday, March 26, and Sunday, March 27, 2022.

One week before the event, participants will receive a confirmation email with their personalized number, which allows participants to collect their race numbers from the registration desk.

Would you prefer to bring your own drinks for the race? Please hand in your personal drinks to the personal drinks booth on Sunday, March 27th, between 8:30 and 9 am. It will distribute the drinks at the 8 different refreshment stations. 

Sports bag drop zone 

From 8:30 am onwards, you can drop off your bags at the sports bags storage tent. When you hand in your sports bags, a sticker with a number will be stuck on your race number. The same numbered sticker will be placed on your sports bag. After the run, you can only get your bag back upon presentation of your race number with this sticker.

Loose items of clothing or plastic bags are not accepted. So make sure you bring a well-fitting (sports) bag to put your stuff in. Sports bags can be collected until 4 pm.

Facilities

Separate showers and changing rooms for M/F are available for all colleagues and clients in the Topsporthal, which is the start and finish of all distances of the Ghent Marathon.

Course 

The marathon course is shown below.

Hospitality event 

  • The Sofico zone will be open for both runners, their families, and clients who will (not) run the race. It will be located in Topsporthal on the second floor with a great view of the stadium. Drinks, food, and networking are all part of the program.
  • Afterward, each attendee will receive event photos. So do not forget to smile!
  • The Sofico Zone will be open from 11 am. to 5 pm.
  • Make sure your name is on the guest list! Runners and clients who have pre-notified us of their attendance will be automatically included to the list. If you are coming with family members, please notify us by sending an email to myurchenko@sofico.be.

Sofico Running Challenge 

Win fantastic running prizes during your preparation for the Sofico Gent Marathon 2022! Our goal is to motivate you to run 50.000 kilometers together before the start of the Sofico Gent Marathon. If you succeed, we will donate €1.000 to charity! Use the hashtag #SoficoRunningChallenge to share your adventures and motivate others in their preparation for the Sofico Gent Marathon. Check out for more information

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