Security

Experience Waregem Koerse safely!

This year we celebrate the 175th anniversary of Waregem Koerse. The usually beautiful weather and the massive attendance of the public make every edition a big party.

Along with a number of partners, such as the administrative authorities, the police, the fire brigade and a security company, we strive together to guarantee the safety of those present at our event. A number of organizational and technical resources have been hired for this, they have experience during previous editions and will be working with us again this year. Number of volunteers are also supporting the organization on the day of Waregem Koerse.

As you enter the venue, you may be required to open your bags and handbags. This check will be done professionally for security reasons.

We recommend that you do not bring any backpacks to the event, as there is a chance that, for safety reasons, the organization will not allow bags inside the venue.

The organization certainly hopes that no evacuation will have to take place during this wonderful event. If this should happen, the organization has thoroughly prepared itself and will coordinate this as efficiently as possible.

In case of a possible evacuation, we aks you:

  • to follow the evacuation signs.
  • to follow the directions as shown on the screens on the hippodrome.
  • to remain calm and disciplined.
  • to strictly follow the instructions of the stewards and security personnel.
  • to not return to the hippodrome after evacuation without permission.

We thank you for your collaboration and efforts in keeping this fantastic event safe as we certainly hope that all of this won’t be necessary.

Jens Dendoncker puts his shoulders to the wheel of Horse 4 Brain

 

Tickets on sale for Waregem Koers

In just over three months, many eyes will once again be on Waregem Koerse, still the oldest one-day sporting event in our country. On Tuesday 27 August, more than 35,000 spectators will once again be able to indulge in an afternoon of trotting and canter of the highest order. Among those 35,000 people, there are also 6,000 loyal VIPs who consider Waregem Koerse an event not to be missed as the start of the autumn.

 

4Brain

 A total spectacle with top sport and entertainment that go hand in hand, but Waregem Koerse also wants to engage socially with, among other things, the Horse Race 4Brain for charity for the fourth year in a row. Just before the ING Great Steeple Chase, a number of Famous Flemings will compete against each other in duo sulky’s with the aim of raising money for more research into brain disorders. This year’s showpiece will be presenter and comedian Jens Dendoncker, himself an occasional victim of an epileptic seizure and ambassador of the Flemish Epilepsy League.

“So I’m going to try to collect as much money as possible for the Epilepsy League during the Horse Race 4Brain,” Jens explains, “and I also want to emphasize that epilepsy is really too often underestimated, but it is not the intention that only me and epilepsy will be in the spotlight. The 4Brain project of Professor Paul Boon, among others, should receive the greatest attention. That’s about all brain disorders.” In the meantime, it has been shown that not three but even more than four out of ten people will have to deal with a brain disorder in one way or another. Waregem Koerse is very happy that Jens Dendoncker is putting his shoulders to the wheel of this project.

 

Revenge for Quinton?

Of course, the Horse Race 4Brain is only part of the well-filled program. From half past one to seven o’clock, a total of no less than 10 races will be run, with the ING Great Steeple Chase as the eye-catcher halfway through. Will Polinuit of the French top trainer Nicolle succeed in winning for the third time in a row and will he thus enter the gallery of the very greatest of Waregem Koerse or will that other French top trainer Patrice Quinton succeed in winning again after two years without victory flowers. The prize pool proves that Waregem Koerse is alive: no less than € 361,000! This is an increase of €83,000 compared to last year. Below is the full program.

 

Crystal Cup

Waregem Koerse is part of the prestigious Crystal Cup, a series of 11 races in six European countries. The challenge, with a prize pool of €815,000, starts for the second year in Waregem and ends in May 2025 in Lion d’Angers, France.

 

Tickets/NMBS

The many fans of Waregem Koerse would like to experience it from the front row and can now buy their tickets via the website www.waregemkoerse.be. If you buy now, you buy cheaper! In the first wave – from now on – you pay € 13 for the central square, € 25 for the weighing area and € 60 for the seated grandstand. Waregem Koerse will continue to focus on sustainability and environmental awareness. For example, fans with a Waregem Koerse ticket can come to Waregem by train at half the price. Shuttle buses will be waiting at Waregem station to take them to the hippodrome.

 

Waregem Koerse Game

Waregem Koerse GameAnd for one fan, it can get even more crazy: the winner of the Waregem Koerse Game gets to participate in the Horse Race 4Brain in a duo sulky. To have a chance to win this unique moment, fans simply participate in the Waregem Koerse game. This can be found on the website from 31 May. The winner will be announced at the beginning of August.