400th Exploot on 9 June: join us for a run around Watersportbaan

(30-05-2017) Ghent University has always been a pioneer when it comes to company sports.

A group of employees, led by Professor Marc Burgelman, organised the first ever joint running session around Watersportbaan on their lunch break exactly 40 years ago. And that’s how the tradition of ‘t Exploot came about.

Over time, the event expanded and all of Ghent University’s employees were invited to join. Aficionados have slipped on their running shoes once a month, ten months a year (no Exploot in July and August), for over 40 years since that initial run. This means the 400th Exploot will be held in June 2017!

Exceptionally, ‘t Exploot will be postponed to Friday evening giving everyone the opportunity to join in the fun and mark this festive occasion. The event’s founder, Professor Marc Burgelman, who has since retired, will also attend. He still holds the record for the highest number of participations (315 out of the 400 runs). To date, since the event’s inception forty years ago, 774 colleagues participated at least once in 't Exploot, amounting to 7,042 participations... or 35,210 km!

On 9 June 2017, hundreds of Ghent University employees are expected at Watersportbaan at 7 p.m. After ‘t Exploot, everyone can recover from their effort during a barbecue. Register now!