News : This is how the Zevenheuvelenloop with 15,000 numbers will be played in the Netherlands
It is one of the most legendary races on the international scene. It usually attracts some of the best athletes in the world and has seen world records. The atypical 15 kilometers that comprise it and the fact that it is a completely flat and perfect test to make a mark have made it a classic. In fact, the current 5,000 meters record holder Joshua Cheptegei achieved the world record for the distance in 2018 (41:05) and the Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey did the same in the last edition (44:20). We talk about the Zevenheuvelenloop
As well, The Netherlands and the Nijmegen region have given the green light to the dispute of the 2020 edition. The coronavirus pandemic, which has forced the suspension of most important races and marathons, for now will not prevent 15,000 runners from taking to the streets from this town in the Dutch country to travel the 15 kilometers.
Substantial changes to adapt it to the context
It will be a special edition, obviously, with a series of strict security measures and modifications compared to previous years. It will be on Sunday, September 15 and a series of departure waves have been prepared (one every 45 minutes) to space the time and the avalanche of ‘runners’. There will be a total of eight outings with a maximum of 1,900 participants in each of them. The organization will use the usual starting boxes in which the runners are classified according to speed. This ensures that everyone has a starting area of 4 square meters, 2 by 2. The first wave leaves at 9:00 am and a new one follows every 45 minutes until the last group begins at 2:15 pm. When registering, participants can indicate what start time they want.
The day before another mythical event is celebrated this weekend, the so-called Zevenheuvelennacht (Night of the Seven Hills). Seven kilometers of route that will have an almost traced procedure. The first wave starts at 5.30 pm and the last one at 8.15 pm. A limited entry of spectators will be established and lThe curators will make sure that everyone stays in their own place and that not too many people enter the box.
There will not be, as in previous editions, no changing rooms or showers and the runners are asked to arrive already dressed to compete. There will be Wheeled containers at the beginning where they can put sports bags, which they can collect themselves at the end. There will be no refreshment stations and participants are recommended to bring their own drink and whatever they need to drink during the race.
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