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Welcome to Belgium!

Welcome to the Belgium section of the relay, which covers 296km. Along the way, we pass by historic landmarks, through countryside and cityscapes, and visit groundbreaking climate action projects. Join in and help protect the planet we run on.

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Join relay runners in Belgium and celebrate climate action!

Throughout the 7,767km relay route we are visiting and celebrating some of the world’s most inspirational and groundbreaking climate action projects. Discover more about these projects below.



Stage #188

Ostend Forest Planting, Ostend

The peri-urban forest Ostend in Belgium aims to provide a publicly accessible space for recreation, offering educational facilities for local residents and tourists.

Through the afforestation of previous agricultural land and being part of a Green Ribbon (Groen Lint) network surrounding the city core, the peri-urban green space further aims to enhance biodiversity and ecological connectivity.

The afforestation in the coastal and harbour city was planned as a buffer zone between industrial sites and residential areas.

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Stage #188

Ostend Forest Planting, Ostend

The peri-urban forest Ostend in Belgium aims to provide a publicly accessible space for recreation, offering educational facilities for local residents and tourists.

Through the afforestation of previous agricultural land and being part of a Green Ribbon (Groen Lint) network surrounding the city core, the peri-urban green space further aims to enhance biodiversity and ecological connectivity.

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Stage #202

Climate disruptions, pollution, traffic jams, lack of green space, waste...

How will it still be possible to harmoniously coexist together in tomorrow’s cities?

With 750 m², BELEXPO invites young people, their teachers and their families to think about these questions in a fun and positive way. It offers an interactive experience primarily oriented towards 10-14 year olds, but also to anyone interested in these issues in the cities of today and of tomorrow. The exhibition is designed to learn while having fun. Along the visit, you will experience, feel, learn and want to take action. 

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Stage #202

BELEXPO

Climate disruptions, pollution, traffic jams, lack of green space, waste... How will it still be possible to harmoniously coexist together in tomorrow’s cities?

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What is Running Out of Time?

Running Out of Time is a 7,767km non-stop relay from Glasgow, Scotland (Host of COP26) to Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt (Host of COP27). There are a total of 732 stages, with each stage being around 10km long. The relay runs day and night for 38 days and travels to 18 countries.

Within the relay baton is a climate change message from young people to the decision makers at COP27.

Our goal is for the relay baton to be passed from person-to-person and arrive in Egypt. Most stages will be run and a small number will be cycled. We’ll be sailing The Channel and The Mediterranean.

When is it?

The relay starts in Glasgow on Friday 30th September and will finish in Sharm El-Sheikh on Sunday 6th November.

Who can take part?

You must be over the age of 18 to sign-up to our relay and be able maintain an average pace of 6 minutes 15 seconds per kilometre / 10 minutes per mile for the duration of a stage.

If you are under the age of 18 and would like to run a stage, then please ask your parent/legal guardian to contact us at [email protected] and we will see if this can be accommodated.

We also have a Schools Action Day taking place on November 3rd, which is open to schools around the world, and a Virtual Relay Day on November 5th.

Why are you doing this?

The impact of climate change on our planet will be felt most by our youth and future generations. Their collective voice needs to be heard. Together, we aim to deliver their message, held within the relay baton, with so much support that it is impossible to ignore.

Along the extraordinary route, the baton will cross seas, mountain ranges, glaciers, and deserts and visit schools, at-risk locations and climate change projects meeting scientists, engineers and designers at the forefront of the green revolution to better understand what is happening to our planet and to inspire local climate action.

National partner

GoodPlanet Belgium

GoodPlanet inspires and encourages all generations to live sustainably. For a healthy planet, for all, for today and tomorrow. For a GoodPlanet.

Through our projects, campaigns and events, we spread our knowledge and plant seeds of change. We stimulate, materialize and realize ideas that make sustainable development real and tangible. All while always keeping a positive and hopeful attitude. For GoodPlanet, education plays an essential role in the transition to a more sustainable society. This is why we have been focusing for more than 20 years on children and young people. We are obviously convinced that everyone, thanks to small or large gestures, can make a difference... 

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