UPDATE: We now have the website for entries to this competition, should you wish to give it a go https://ultramultievents2023wc.be/

I have just received this advance notice of this year’s International Association for Multievents World Championships in Turnhout in July.

I’ve written about the icosathlon, the men’s event, before. Essentially it is the events from a Southern Athletics League match, with a couple of extras to make the number up to 20, but undertaken by individuals over the course of two days. The 10,000 metres on Sunday evening is lovely when you stop.

The image is of me and a group of athletes in that happy post-10,000-metre-zone, in Turnhout in 2017.

Serge has organised this event before — indeed, he both organises and takes part, so I am sure this will go well.

Turnhout is a delightful town in Belgium. Consider making the trip by motorbike with stopovers in Ghent and Antwerp.

Look out for updates if you fancy the challenge.

Dear athletes,

After our organization of the ultra multievents world championship in 2012 and 2017 in Turnhout. Can I inform you that we will be organizing the world championship again in Turnhout in 2023.

The competitions will take place on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 July 2023 on our track in the Turnhout city park. But just like in 2012, we will organize an opening ceremony on the track on Friday evening. There will be podia in the following categories: juniors, u23, seniors, masters: m35, m40, m45, m50, m55, m60, m65, m70, m75, … and this for men and women. And if at least 5 countries have 2 men and 1 woman are registered, we will also organize a country championship.

We are still working on creating a website, which will normally be online at the beginning of February.

You will also be able to register via this website. When registering you will also have to specify the size for a T-shirt. And if your Registration Fee is in order in time, we can also have the name of the athlete printed on the T-shirt. For Belgian athletes there will also be the possibility to order a special competition singlet. If there is sufficient demand, we can also see whether we can also have this made for other countries.

If you have any questions in the meantime, feel free to ask me. Then I will try to answer as soon as possible.

With sporty regards,

Serge De Smedt