Less than two weeks after announcing the revised, corona-proof format of the 2021 Sofico Ghent Marathon all waves had sold out. It is as a result of this big demand that there is now also a virtual edition next to the physical edition!

Here's the scoop, soon you will be able to discover the brand new course of the (physical edition of the) 2022 Virtual Sofico Ghent Marathon.

Thanks to the revolutionary MyTrace app, runners from all over the world will be able to take part in their corner of the world. You can leave from your own front door and run your favourite training loop and still imagine yourself running a race in the historic centre of Ghent.

You start your run of 5, 10, 21 or 42.195 km together with many other runners in one of the available waves. You will not see the others, but they will be there.


The official speaker of the Sofico Ghent Marathon will keep you up-to-date about your intermediate times and position in your wave via MyTrace. You will also hear about which historic buildings and enchanting bridges you are passing through your earbuds.

Such as St Michael's bridge offering a marvellous view over the Graslei with its stunning medieval buildings reflected in the Lys. When looking straight ahead you can see the towers of the St. Nicholas Church, the Belfry and St. Bavo Cathedral, where you can admire the world famous Mystic Lamb by the Van Eyck brothers. The Vrijdagmarkt, Van Eyck swimming pool, Visserij and the Ghelamco Arena are all dotted along the course. Your personal guide/speaker will surprise you with tonnes of fun facts about all the landmarks you pass during your virtual run through Ghent.


Are you struggling during your run, are your legs feeling like lead? Even then, MyTrace is your perfect running buddy. The personal audio messages from family and friends sent through the app will immediately help you to keep going strong!

The fun music can also give you a much needed boost. Just go to the 'Sofico Ghent Marathon running playlist' on Spotify. It will guarantee five hours of uplifting sound-fodder.  AC/DC, Foo Fighters, Beyoncé, Bruce Springsteen, Britney Spears, ... Something for everyone!


You reached the finish tired but satisfied? As would be the case for the 'physical' Sofico Ghent Marathon, you deserve a medal! This unique commemorative medal will be delivered to your home. You can share your virtual medal, your result and the photos of your virtual run immediately after you finish on social media.


So, do you fancy getting a taste for the new top course of the Sofico Ghent Marathon this year? You can take part in the Virtual Sofico Ghent Marathon on 27th March, 28th March, 10th April or 11th April. You can sign up via the Let's Move website.