Running for Missing Children Europe

Virtual Brussels Marathon, 28 September - 4 October 2020

This years’ 2020 Brussels Marathon & Half Marathon, scheduled to take place on 4 October, has been postponed until next year due to the coronavirus and will be held on 3 October 2021.


BUT we have some great news for our runner enthusiasts and supporters! You can now run virtually in a specially adapted “marathon” using simply your phone and your chosen location. So why not give this unique experience a go? Go grab those trusted running shoes, download the app on your smartphone and continue to support Missing Children Europe this year!


Sold … where can I get more info and sign myself up?


The first virtual Brussels Airport Marathon & Half Marathon will run from 28 September up to the 4 October and will offer a challenging and safe running experience to runners from all over the world who are invited to discover Brussels (virtually) together. Participants can choose from 3 challenges: 10km, 21km or 42.195km.


You can run when you want and wherever you want, on a magnificent course that has been designed exceptionally and exclusively for this challenge! Find out more details here.



It is free for everybody to participate. Discover how to join the event!

Want to run to support Missing Children Europe?

Step 1

Please, compete the registration form and send it back to by September 24 (1PM, CET) to: 


Purchase a “Running for Missing Children Europe” T-shirt and engage with us online while you run. We want to join you on your unique experience, so don’t forget to tag us on your social media and engage with us online. 

Interested? T-Shirt’s cost 30 euros which includes 15 euros donation and delivery (available in Belgium only). Choose from gender (F/M) and size (from XS to XXL) by filling the registration form mentioned above. Deadline for orders are 14 September (1PM, CET).

Step 2

Download the app. All registered Missing Children Europe participants will receive a confirmation email containing the link to download the app and their personal access code for the event app at the latest one week before the event.


The new and revolutionary app - used in Belgium for the first time - promises to offer every participant a lifelike event experience. For instance, you will be able to listen to audio descriptions of the highlights that you would normally see at that point in your run, and compete with your fellow runners. Once you’ve completed your run, don’t forget to share your results, photos and virtual medal on your social media channels via the app




Step 3

Start a Facebook Fundraiser and check out our tips on how to engage your community.

SPECIAL PRIZE: the person who raises the most on Facebook will also receive a prize from Missing Children Europe!


Why run for Missing Children Europe?

Every year Missing Children Europe brings together a group of runners who run to raise awareness and funds for Missing Children Europe’s projects to prevent, protect and support missing children. Since 2012, over 2 600 runners have participated in the “Running for Missing Children Europe” team at the Brussels marathon and Antwerp (10 Miles). The funds our runners have raised have allowed us to deliver on projects that are essential to supporting children and their families during devastating times.


What will the money raised be used for?

Miniila App 

A project launched and monitored by Missing Children Europe


According to the European Migrant Network, between 2014-2017, more than 30.000 children in migration went missing in Europe and more are expected to go missing. Once missing, and outside the protection system, children face situations of sexual/labour exploitation, trafficking and are exposed to serious risks to their mental and physical health.

Therefore, in 2017 Missing Children Europe decided to leverage the smartphone as a tool to close the information gap and provide support that helps children stay safe. The Miniila app gives children access to child friendly, up to date and accessible information on their rights and provides support wherever they are in Europe. It is specifically tailored to the needs of children in migration, with a focus on facilitating access to dedicated services such as shelter, food, and health services in the area they are in. Missing Children Europe has involved children throughout the development process to make sure that the app is attractive, trustworthy and responds to children’s needs.

Our fundraising goal

This year we aim to raise 10 000 euros, which will support maintenance and the development of the Miniila app. Each donation of 200 EUR will allow us to maintain the Miniila app for a month.





Make a donation

Together we can make a difference!


Want to do more?


Would you or your company like to support us? Please click here for more info.


Spread the word

Help us spread the word on social media by using the hashtags #BrusselsMarathon2020 #RunforMCE and tagging us: 




Photo Album

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