Race the Tube Bruxelles

Written by Frédéric Solvel - 29 Oct 2014, 00:00 (Updated: 04 Jun 2020, 09:16)
Race the Tube Bruxelles
It all started in London last summer. Since then, Race the Tube has been attempted in several cities around the world.

After Paris, Stockholm and Hong Kong, it's Brussels' turn. And for the first time, it's an international athlete who's trying it. Frédéric Xhonneux, you're up !

The Race the Tube challenge is happening every day in a new city. It's purpose? Exit the metro at one stop, run overground till the next stop and get back in that same metro.

Running against the metro in Brussels

After a first failed attempt, we decided at BrusselsLife.be to call upon a professional athlete: Frédéric Xhonneux. Fifth best time ever in the world for icosathlon, this discipline is about doing every type of modern athletics over two days. So it's like a decathlon times 2. Frédéric decided to take the challenge. He was this morning between Porte de Namur and Louise, MOBIB in his hand and sneakers on his feet. Check the result...

Your turn

Your turn to play and try to beat the metro on foot. If you're interested, here are a few other paths that could work in Brussels:

  • Roi Baudouin | Houba-Brugmann : let the metro go around through Heysel, while you go straight from A to B
  • Joséphine-Charlotte | Gribaumont : a slightly downhill path right next to Montgomery
  • Beaulieu | Delta : far from the city center, this is also another option.

Of course, before you try, we advise you to take this with caution. Don't take any inconsiderate risk and don't forget to warm up before and stretch afterwards. Show us your videos; we can't wait to see them.

On your mark. Get set... GO !

Challenge accepted

Roi Baudouin - Houba-Brugmann

The same day he tried it with us, Frédéric Xhonneux decided to try it again. Between Roi Baudouin et Houba-Brugmann, the decathlonian preceded the metro after close to a 1000-meter effort! He ends the video with an invitation to join the Brussels athletics club. So now you know...

Porte de Namur - Trône

On Sunday 2 November, Arnaud Van Vracem, also preceded the metro between Porte de Namur and Trône. Well done Arnaud on a track that we had turned down because of two red lights.

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