Frequently asked questions

See all frequently asked questions on this page. Is your question not listed? Please contact us. Please note that the information below is subject to change.



What are the minimum ages to participate?

  • NN Marathon Rotterdam: 18 years
  • 1/4 Marathon Rotterdam: 14 years
  • City Run Rotterdam: 12 years
  • NN Kids Run 2,5 km: 7-15 years
  • NN Kids Run 1 km: 6-10 years
  • TBI Business Duo Marathon: 18 years
  • TBI Business Estafette Marathon: 14 years
  • Your Marathon Challenge: no minimum age
  • The Marathon Rotterdam Walk: no minimum age
Bib number

Where can I find information about the bib numbers? 
Click here for all information about the bib numbers.

TBI Business Duo teams and TBI Business Relay teams will be sent their Business packet by mail. This package contains the start numbers. The start number has a box on the inside where general and medical information can be entered. These start numbers do not have a Bib-Tag.

Together with these start numbers you also receive a start number band with an exchange start number to which a Bib-Tag is attached. To this start number band you attach the EXCHANGE start number. This band including the start number is the exchange item. This gives each runner a time in the results.



Cancel registration

Can I cancel my registration?
It is only possible to cancel your registration if you bought a cancellation insurance during registration. This is only applicable for the NN Marathon Rotterdam. You can cancel your entry until March 1st, 2024. Contact the organisation to use your cancellation insurance.

Change distance

Can I change my distance?
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 an part of it).

How it works:

  • Log in to your account. The link can be found 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''.
Change registration

Can I change my registration?
Once you are registered, you will receive an automatic e-mail confirmation including a link to acces your dashboard. You can sign in to your dashboard to update your personal information, order a product, change your distance or transfer your bib number to someone else.

Closing registration

When does the registration close?
You can register digitally until the start of the distance you want to participate in. The registration of a distance closes earlier, as soon as all start numbers are sold out. 

Confirmation email

I haven't received a confirmation email, what now?
After you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email. Also check your spambox if you have not received the email within 30 minutes. If it is not there either, please contact us.

Coach number

How to order a coach number?
Only participants at the NN Kids Runs 1K can order a coach number during registration.


When will the NN Marathon Rotterdam take place?
The 43st edition of the NN Marathon Rotterdam will take place on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 April 2024. 

Event shirt

Can I order an event shirt?
All participants of the marathon distance will receive a free event shirt. You can indicate your desired size during registration, as long as the stock of the relevant size lasts. Other participants can order the shirt during the registration. You will receive the shirt when you pick up your start number at the Marathon Sport Expo. 

Participants in the marathon and TBI Business Runs will receive the unique orange-purple design. Other participants have the option to order the blue shirt. View the size charts of the event shirt here.

Fast runners

How can I register as a fast runner?
Find here al information to register as a fast runner for the NN Marathon Rotterdam.

General terms and conditions

What are the general terms and conditions?
Click here for general terms and conditions.

Register as a company, group or school

How do I register as a company, group, school or association?
First, register your group via the registration form. After registration, you can add or invite the team members to your group. Follow the steps in this manual.

Start waves

Which start wave will I be on?
The start waves for the races on Sunday are determined based on your specified expected end time in the registration form. Due to the production of the bib numbers, it is possible to enter your expected end time up to and including March 19. After this, all participants are automatically assigned to the last start wave. Note: after this date it is no longer possible to change the start wave. You may start in a later start wave. Click here for more information about fast runners.

The marathon starts in five start waves. The 1/4 Marathon Rotterdam has four start waves. Make sure you are in your start wave at least 15-30 minutes before the start. The City Run Rotterdam has only one start wave.

Transfer bib number

Can I transfer my bib number?
We offer all individually registered participants the opportunity to transfer their bib number (including any additional products purchased) to someone else. You can transfer your bib number to someone else by logging into your account and following the steps. If you transfer your bib number after March 17, your name will not be visible on the bib number, because it has already been printed. Your name will be correct in the end results.

There is an administration fee of €3,- for transferring a bib number to be paid by the buyer.

Check the manual here.

Event info

Backpack or camelbag

Can I take my backpack or camelbag with me in the starting box?
We advise you to come to the start in running clothes. It is not allowed to take bags/backpacks in the starting boxes (with the exception of camelbags) or leave them unattended around the event site or course. Anything left unattended will be removed and thrown away for safety reasons. 


What are the age groups for the NN Marathon Rotterdam?

NN Marathon Rotterdam
The age category you are allocated to for the marathon will be determined by your age on the day of the event.

MSR 20 - 34
M35 35 - 39
M40 40 - 44
M45 45 - 49
M50 50 - 54
M55 55 - 59
M60 60 - 64
M65 65 - 69
M70 70 and older
VSR 20 - 34
V35 35 - 39
V40 40 - 44
V45 45 - 49
V50 50 - 54
V55 55 - 59
V60 60 - 64
V65 65 en ouder

Just as in previous years, there are monetary prizes for the first three men and women of each age category.

Other distances
There are no age categories for the City Run and the 1/4 Marathon Rotterdam. These runs are only subdivided into men and women. Only first prizes are awarded for these distances.

Care along the course

What care do I get on the way?

NN Marathon Rotterdam (42,195 km)
During the NN Marathon Rotterdam there will be drinks stations with sports drinks (AA Drink) and water on the following points: 5K, 10K, 15K, 20K, 25K, 30K, 35K and 40K. Besides there will be sponge stands on the following points; 12,5K, 17,5K, 22, K, 27,5K, 32,5K and 37,5K. Directly after the finish there will be AA Drink Smart recovery, water and fruit available. To avoid gastrointestinal complaints, no fruit is provided at the care stands on the course.

Running safely and responsibly
Not replacing fluids lost through sweating during endurance sports can lead to loss of performance. Not drinking sufficiently can ultimately lead to medical problems. Many athletes appear not to know that not only not drinking enough but also drinking too much endangers their health. Keeping the correct level of fluids and salts in the body is very important. When you run your body loses fluids and salts via your sweat through the skin and via your breath. These processes ensure you remain cool and that your body temperature is kept stable. Not replacing the correct amount of fluids on time can lead to dehydration (drinking too little) and hyponatremia (drinking too much and having too little sodium). This can affect your performance, your psyche and your physical state. The correct level of fluids and sodium in the body is an individual matter and is dependent on the environmental conditions (the weather), they type and intensity of the activity (speed) and personal factors such as level of training, body weight and clothing you wear. Athletes have a personal responsibility in this. Drinking the correct amount is a combination of knowing your body's needs and the way you drink while running.

1/4 Marathon Rotterdam (10,55 km)
During the ¼ Marathon Rotterdam there will be a drinks station at 5 K with sports drinks (AA Drink) and water. Directly after the finish there will be AA Drink sports drink, water and fruit available.

City Run Rotterdam (4,2 km) & NN Kids Runs (1 & 2,5 km)
Directly after the finish there will be AA Drink sports drink and water available.

Changing facilities and baggage drop-off

Where can I find information about the changing facilities and baggage drop-off?
Changing facilities will be offered in De Doelen. Click here for all information about the changing facilities and baggage drop-off.


What do the courses look like?
Click here for all courses.


When is the NN Marathon Rotterdam?

Saturday 13 april 2024

  • NN Kids Runs (1K and 2,5K)
  • City Run Rotterdam (4,2K)
  • Your Marathon Challenge (1K)
  • The Rotterdam Marathon Walk

Sunday 14 april 2024

  • 1/4 Marathon Rotterdam
  • NN Marathon Rotterdam (including TBI Business Runs)
Finish certificate

Do I get a finish certificate?
Every finisher on Sunday will receive a personal finish certificate which can be downloaded. You will receive the link to the results page by e-mail after the event. 

Marathon Sport Expo

Where can I find more information about the Marathon Sport Expo?
Click here for more information about the Marathon Sport Expo.


Do I get a medal?
All participants will receive a medal as a reminder of the event after passing the finish line. In addition, you can have this medal engraved with your name and finish time. 

Participants of The Marathon Rotterdam Walk will receive a pin after crossing the finish.

Medal engraving

Can I have my medal engraved? 
All participants can have their medals engraved immediately after the event. In the registration form you can tick ''medal engraving''. This was possible until March 14 in your account. You can still decide to engrave your medal after the event.

On Saturday this costs € 5,- for the City Run Rotterdam and the NN Kids Runs and costs € 8,- on Sunday for the 1/4 Marathon Rotterdam and NN Marathon Rotterdam. 
If you didn’t indicate this in advance during registration, you can have your medal engraved afterwards, but then a fee will be added to the price.


Are there any pacers?
Yes, in collaboration with the NN Marathon Rotterdam, the Nationale-Nederlanden Pacing Team powered by Runner's World will again be present at the next edition to help runners reach their desired dream time on the marathon distance. Click here for all information about the Nationale-Nederlanden Pacing Team powered by Runner's World.


Is there an award ceremony?
There are cash prizes to be won at the NN Marathon Rotterdam for the three men and women from category M35 and above. There are no age categories at the City Run Rotterdam and the 1/4 Marathon Rotterdam, only subdivision into men and women. Prizes can be won at these distances. Note: The gross time is the official time. Every participant who reaches the finish in time will receive a medal.


What does the program look like?
Click here for all programs.

Race regulations

What are the race regulations?
Click here for the race regulations.


Where can I find my results?
The results will be published on this page afterwards. You will also receive the link to the results page by e-mail after the event. Note: the gross time is the official time. Do you have a question or remark about your results? Send an e-mail to Mylaps Event Timing based on your start number and any times you have clocked yourself. 


Are there shower facilities?
No, there are no shower facilities. 

Start and finish

Where are the start and finish?
Click here for all information about the start and finish.

Super Marathon Masters

Where can I find more information about the Super Marathon Masters?
Click here for more information about the Super Marathon Masters.

Time indication

Where are the kilometers indicated?
During the NN Marathon Rotterdam there are clocks on the following points:

  • Start
  • Every 5 kilometer point
  • Half Marathon Point
  • 1000 and 500 meters before the finish on the Coolsingel
  • Finish

During the 1/4 Marathon Rotterdam there are clocks on the following points:

  • Start
  • 5 kilometer point
  • 10 kilometer point
  • Finish

During the City Run Rotterdam there are clocks at the following points:

  • Start
  • 1000 and 500 meters before the finish on the Coolsingel
  • Finish
Time limits

What are the time limits?

  • NN Marathon Rotterdam: 5 hours and 30 minutes (21,1K within 2 hrs and 45 minutes, you need to pass the Erasmusbrug towards the city centre not later than 2.15 p.m., 28K within 3 hrs and 40 minutes)
  • 1/4 Marathon Rotterdam: 1 hour and 20 minutes (6K within 50 minutes, 9K within 1 hour and 10 minutes)
  • City Run Rotterdam: 45 minutes

Participants finishing after the deadlines will no longer be included in the competition results and won't receive a medal.

The following time limits apply for The Marathon Rotterdam Walk:

  • 15 km: maximum of 5 hours
  • 10 km: maximum of 3,5 hours
  • 5 km: maximum of 2 hours
Time registration

Is there a time registration?
Only at all parts of the NN Marathon Rotterdam on Sunday the MYLAPS BibTag will be used to register time. On the back of your starting number (Bib) is an electronic chip (Tag) and a plastic spacer. BibTag makes it very easy to register your times, the only thing you have to do is wear the start number correctly.

Information to ensure proper time registration:

  • Wear the start number visibly on the chest. 
  • Do not cover the start number with a jacket or with your hands while passing the mats on the start and finish line. These mats will catch the signal from your BibTag (also be careful when pressing your own stopwatch on the start and finish line).
  • Do not fold or crumple the start number. Certainly not where the Tag is.
  • Use four pins at the corners of the starting number, don't pierce the Tag.
  • Do not remove the plastic spacer.
  • The BibTag is based on a different technology than the MYLAPS ChampionChip. Therefore, you cannot use your yellow or green MYLAPS ChampionChip during this event. However, you can leave your MYLAPS ChampionChip attached to your shoe, it will not interfere with the BibTag system.

What is the official time?
Gross time is official time. It starts the moment the starting shot is given and stops the moment you pass the finish line. Net time is the time that starts when you pass the mat on the starting line and stops when you cross the finish line. The net time is given as an extra service.



Is there an app?

In the run-up to the event, the app will be updated. In this app:

  • Your friends can follow you via the live tracking function (shortly before the event we will add all participants who are not yet in it);
  • You can find all important information and receive event updates;
  • You can make selfies with our filters.

Download the NN Marathon Rotterdam app:

  • Download the android app for free here
  • Download the iOS app for free here

What is the charity of the NN Marathon Rotterdam?
Click here for all information about the charities.

Found objects

What happens to found objects?
Lost and found items are collected at the time of bag delivery. Please contact us if your belongings are not here either. After the event we have a view on all found objects.

Half marathon

Is there a half marathon at the NN Marathon Rotterdam?
No, there is no half marathon option for individual runners. However, you can run a half marathon by signing up for the TBI Business Duo Marathon.


I need a hotel in Rotterdam for the weekend of the race – any advice?
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Medical advice

What is medical advice and what medical care is available on the course?
Click here for all information about the medical advice and medical care on the course. 


What volunteer tasks are there and how can I sign up?
Click here for all information about volunteers. 

Waiting list

Is there a waiting list for sold out distances?
The registration of a part closes as soon as all bib numbers for this distance have been sold out. In case the marathon distance is sold out, a waiting list will be opened. There is no guarantee extra bib numbers will become available to the waiting list.

Update 21-02-2024: Unfortunately there won't be extra bib numbers available for people on the waiting list. Everyone on the waiting list is informed via e-mail.

World Athletics label

The NN Marathon Rotterdam is in 2023 awarded with a World Athletics Road Race Gold Label. This is a reward of the international athletics federation World Athletics


Kelvin Kiptum Foundation

To keep the memory of Kelvin Kiptum alive and support his family and community, Golazo is launching the Kelvin Kiptum Foundation. The fund will predominantly provide continued financial support for education, infrastructure and the support of young marathon runners in Kenya. Donate via the button below.

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