The Beer Lovers’ Marathon is a classic road race held every June in Liege, Belgium. The 42-km run is supposed to be finished in 6,5 hours, which might be rather complicated considering that runners get a chance to sample 15 various Belgian beers on their way. However, this race is not about your finish time, it aims for a fun and pleasant experience. The runners will also get water during the course, so it's not obligatory to drink beer, but that would definitely require some significant will power. Each water and beer stop also features musical accompaniment like live bands, percussionists, and DJs. So, a festive and easy-going atmosphere is guaranteed.
The Beer Lovers' Marathon boasts a scenic course. Runners pass all beautiful sites of Liège: the Opera, Guilliemins Train station, Prince-Bishop Palace, Outre-Meuse, the statue of King Albert 1st, and more. The first 10 kilometers of the race are somewhat hilly. The runners go up the Buren Mountain once labelled the “most extreme stairs of the world” by Huffington Post. Buren Stairs is a 374-step stairway providing a great view of the city. In 3 km after the Bueren stairs, runners will have to go uphill on Rue des Cotillages. The steep 200-m escalation must be taken slowly. For the rest 30 kilometers, the route is rather flat and pleasant.
Runners can fully enjoy the party atmosphere at the finish. Belgium is known for its beers and delicious food. The Beer Lovers’ Marathon will let you discover the best of the local specialties.