New date for anniversary NN Marathon Rotterdam: 23th and 24th of October 2021

November 9, 2020

The NN Marathon Rotterdam, traditionally organized in the spring, will move to the autumn in 2021. Due to the corona pandemic, the 40th edition of #demooiste has been rescheduled to October 24 after consultation with the municipality of Rotterdam and main sponsor Nationale-Nederlanden.

‘’We do not want to give runners false hope, but clarity.’’, emphasizes organizer Mario Kadiks. ‘’Public health always comes first. And the chance that a massive, festive event like the NN Marathon Rotterdam can continue in a safe way is much greater in October than in April.’’

Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb: ‘’Both participants and visitors enjoy the NN Marathon Rotterdam immensely. It would be fantastic if we could turn it into a wonderful anniversary in October 2021.’’ Remco Barbier, Head of Branding of NN Group agrees: ‘’It is wise to make this decision now. With the clarity about the date of the event, participants can prepare themselves better.’’

The 17.000 bib numbers of the NN Marathon Rotterdam, originally planned this year on April 5, will remain valid until 24 October 2021. This also applies to the AA Drink ¼ Marathon Rotterdam (also on Sunday) and the City Run Rotterdam and the NN Kids Runs (both on Saturday).

For runners who are unable to participate on the new date, there is a supply and demand platform. On that platform, a bib number can be transferred to someone else under certain conditions. The service is free.

The marathon weekend has almost 50.000 participants and hundreds of thousands of spectators. ‘’Unfortunately, it will take some time but hopefully next October you will hear Lee Towers’ Ýou’ll never walk alone’ again at the start at the foot of the Erasmus Bridge. More than ever, that will be a very special moment,’’ said Kadiks who has been involved in the NN Marathon Rotterdam for the 35th time as an organizer. ‘’We will do everything we can to live up to our reputation as ‘the most beautiful’ marathon.’’

The NN Marathon Rotterdam is not the only spring marathon that chooses for an autumn edition in 2021. The marathons of London (October 3) and Tokyo (October 17) have also been moved.

Kadiks: ‘’Of course everyone is looking forward to a physical event, but in our estimation they will not be there soon. We live in a time when such activities cannot be organized. We expect that smaller events may be held again first. This is why we rescheduled our marathon.’’

Especially in these days it is important to keep moving, Kadiks explains. ‘’The realization that health is crucial has grown because of COVID-19.’’ That is why Golazo, organizer of the NN Marathon Rotterdam, is working on an agenda of old and new virtual runs with the MyTrace experience app. During NN Running Day in October, this specially developed app, which simulates the atmosphere of an event was received with great enthusiasm. The countdown, starting shot, the applause of the spectators, performance updates, the atmospheric finish – all sounds, music and information bring virtual runs to life in a very unique way. And the possibilities of the app are limitless.

Kadiks: ‘’As an organization we keep moving, literally and figuratively. Our mission is and remains – especially now – to stimulate people to exercise for at least thirty minutes a day. That is beneficial for both physical and mental health. Keep moving, stay healthy.’’

Read the frequently asked questions below. Is your question not listed here? Have a look if you can find it in our FAQ or contact us.

FAQ'- NN Marathon Rotterdam rescheduled to 23th and 24th of October 2021

Why is the NN Marathon Rotterdam rescheduled?

We would like to celebrate our anniversary edition in the grand and festive way for which we are known worldwide. The chance that the event can take place safely is much greater in October than in April. Public health always comes first.

What will happen to my registration for the 2020 edition?

Every individually registered runner will be able to keep their place in the rescheduled event on the 23th and 24th of October 2021. If you are registered for free with a promo code, your registration will be canceled and you have received an e-mail about this in July.

What if I cannot participate on the rescheduled date?

Due to the exceptional circumstances surrounding COVID-19,we offer all individually registered and paying participants the opportunity to transfer their bib number, deviating from our terms and conditions, to someone else via our supply and demand platform at no extra cost. If you cannot transfer your bib number via the platform in the short term, you can also choose to keep your bib number for a while and offer it again later. Does this not offer a solution? Please contact us stating your confirmation number.

Note: the NN Marathon Rotterdam and AA Drink ¼ Marathon Rotterdam are sold out. It is no longer possible to register for these distances at a later time.

How can I transfer my registration without any further payment?

Due to the exceptional circumstances surrounding COVID-19,we offer all individually registered and paying participants the opportunity to transfer their bib number, deviating from our terms and conditions, to someone else via our supply and demand platform at no extra cost.

What happens to the extra products that I have ordered?

Any additional ordered products which you couldn’t use in 2020, such as medal engraving, baggage drop-off, SMS service and the Pasta Party, will remain for the 2021 edition. The cancellation policy is no longer applicable and will cancelled.

I have been asigned to a start box, what happens to this?

If you have sent proof of your running time and have been assigned to start box A, B or C, this will remain for the 2021 edition. The other start waves are filled in based on your expected finish time. If your finish time changes, you can adjust your time until the 1st of September 2021 by logging in to your account.

Can I already register for the 2021 edition?

No, it is currently not possible to register. The NN Marathon Rotterdam and the AA Drink ¼ Marathon Rotterdam are already sold out. If the registration for the City Run Rotterdam and the NN Kids Runs is reopend, we will announce this via our official channels. If you’re looking for a bib number, you can check out our supply and demand platform.

Can I change my distance?

This is possible as soon as the registrations are open. You can change the distance if the desired distance is not yet sold out. You can change to a higher distance with the condition that the difference in price is paid. If you change to a lower distance, there will be no refund of the registration fee (or a part of it).

How it works:
- Log in to your account. The link and password are in the confirmation email;
- Click on ''change race'';
- Choose the distance you want to run and click on ''continue''.
- If you have chosen a higher distance and there is a price difference, you will have to pay the amount due by clicking on ''checkout''.

The NN Marathon Rotterdam and the AA Drink ¼ Marathon Rotterdam are sold out. You cannot change to these distances. You can only participate in these distances by taking over a bib number from someone else on our supply and demand platform and presenting your current bib number there.


The NN Marathon Rotterdam is rescheduled to the 23th and 24th of October 2021

We would like to celebrate our anniversary edition in the grand and festive way for which we are known worldwide. The chance that the event can take place safely is much greater in October than in April. Public health always comes first. Every individually registered runner will be able to keep their place in the rescheduled event as previously communicated.

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