The 15th edition of Adecco Brussels Ekiden turned into a beautiful day. More than 7,500 runners with 30 different nationalities, successfully completed their relay marathon on Saturday. One of them was Carl Vos, EY colleague at office Diegem. We asked him a few questions about his participation in the Brussels Ekiden.
Have you participated in an EY event before? Which one
Yes I did. I participated in the Antwerp 10 miles and the 20km of Brussels in 2017 and the Antwerp Marathon in 2018 under the EY flag. In the Antwerp Marathon, I took part together with a close friend who works at the EY Tax department. Together with other Advisory colleagues, we also participated in the EY For Life event and a Spartacus Run in 2017 and a Strong Viking Run in 2018.
Was it the first time you participated in the Brussels Ekiden?
Yes, it was. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it last year.
How did you experience the Brussels Ekiden?
The weather was beautiful; the sun was shining and it wasn’t too hot so conditions were perfect for running. Everything was taken care of so we didn’t have to worry about anything other than enjoying ourselves and, of course, running as fast as possible. Overall as a team, we really enjoyed ourselves and had a great time.
What makes this event so much fun?
The event is great for a variety of reasons:o Due to the fact that over 1000 teams from all different levels take part, you have the opportunity to see professional runners at work, while also running with people who run at the same level and pace as yourself.
o You have the opportunity to get to know your colleagues outside of the professional environment.
o It’s a nice fitness test to see how far you are in whatever you’re trying to achieve.
o Last but not least – it’s a nice experience to run on the track of the King Baudouin Stadium.
Why should everyone participate in this event?
The event is very accessible, with distances between 5 and 10km and runners from all levels. You will always have people running at the same pace as yourself, so you’ll never run alone. Also, the barbecue afterwards and the champagne for the 5 best EY teams are quite a good motivator for participation.
Will we see you back next year?
I’ll try my best to make it and as soon as the date of the 2019 edition is known, I’ll definitely mark it in my agenda.
Thanks for this interview, Carl and hopefully we will see you at EY For Life on November 30 also in the King Baudouin stadium!