This year, marks 100 years since the First World War ended. To commemorate the nearly 10 million victims of the conflict, a new major international running and walking event, the Great Peace Run & Walk, will take place on Sunday 6 May.
The course follows the front line, which starts in the shadow of the imposing Menin Gate and finishes on the Grote Markt in Ypres.
Runners and walkers will get the chance to enjoy 10 or 21 km of the beautiful region around Ypres, and the opportunity to reflect on the horror that came to an end exactly one hundred years ago.
The course of this unique run and walk experience starts at the Menin Gate, making its way through Flanders Fields, past iconic places such as Hill 60 and Hill 62, ending on the Grote Markt in Ypres in front of the "In Flanders Fields" Museum.
Every year tens of thousands of tourists from all over the world descend upon the Westhoek to remember the First World War.
"In addition to the many Belgian participants, we want to attract a lot of participants from the other side of the Channel together with our British organization partner, The Great Run Company. In addition, a lot of French and Dutch people will find their way to this unique running event ", says Greg Broekmans of Golazo sports.
Paul Foster, Chief Executive of the Great Run Company said, “Following the announcement of our partnership with Golazo last year we're really looking forward to seeing the first ‘Great Run' branded event to be staged on the continent.
“The Great Peace Run is a fantastic concept, Ypres is a place that still holds a huge amount of cultural relevance in the UK and we're sure many of our runners will be keen to take part.”
PERSONAL TRAINING PLAN
Registrations open exactly three months before the event takes place. Every runner will receive a personalized training plan offered by Energy Lab when he/she registers. Participants who register by 22 April for the 21 km will also receive a personalized race number with their name and flag of their country. A nice souvenir!
VISIT THE FLANDERS FIELDS MUSEUM
The Ypres and Flanders Fields are impressive locations, which we hope our participants will fully enjoy. If you're planning on spending the weekend, come and pick up your race number on Saturday and join us as we invite runners to experience the moving ceremony of ‘the Last Post' at the Menin Gate together.
In addition, participants and their families can visit the In Flanders Fields Museum on both Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 May for the special price of just € 4 instead of € 9.
The In Flanders Fields Museum shows visitors the events and repercussions of the First World War. Lifelike characters and interactive exhibits confront you with the reality of the war, exactly a century ago, giving the visitor an intense experience and an authentic immersion in life on the front lines.
IEPER = RUNNING CITY
Council member for Sport Dominque Dehaene is in seventh heaven with the newest event on the Ypres calendar. "Ypres lives and Ypres exercises. There is always something happening and to do in our city. Sports organizers easily find their way to our city. That is because the locals know how to organize events and because we are avid sportsmen! In recent years, many larger and smaller sporting events have been taking place in our city, including running competitions. They could always count on the various running clubs, but also on the many recreational runners that live in our city. Every time these events were a success, both in terms of attendance and in terms of the experience for the participants ", says Dehaene.
"This year we can add another running event to our well-filled calendar. The Great Peace Run commemorates 100 years of war with a running and walking course along places in and around Ypres that played an important role in De Groote Oorlog. Ypres adds his own (slightly different) version of the Wings for Life. This way the success for another fantastic running and walking experience is guaranteed. Good luck to the organizers and all participants! "
GREAT PEACE RUN TIMETABLE
SATURDAY 5 MAY 2018
16.00–19.00: Registration and pack pick-up open (+ T-shirt when ordered separately)
20.00: Last Post (Menenpoort, Menenstraat, 8900 Ieper)
SUNDAY 6 MAY 2018
8.00: Registration and pack pick-up open (+ T-shirt when ordered separately)
8.00-11.00: 21km walk start
8.00-11.00: 10km walk start
12.45: 10km run start
13.00: 21km run start
16.00: finish closes
Entries are open from Tuesday 6 February at 11.00hrs onwards at www.greatpeacerun.be