In partnership with the NN Marathon Rotterdam, the Nationale-Nederlanden Pacing Team powered by Runner's World will also be present at this year’s edition to push runners towards their desired finish time in the full marathon. You don’t have to sign up in advance, either. Simply join a pacer in your starting position on Sunday, 16 April.
The pacers will be divided among the scheduled finish times, and will be clearly recognisable by their uniforms showing the target time. The pacers will start together with the participants in the phased starting lines with the same expected finish time.
What is the Nationale-Nederlanden Pacing Team powered by Runner's World?
As their name implies, pacers are runners who set the pace based on their perfect sense of the distance, conditions and speed. Their experience enables them to reach the finish at an even pace.
And to help you through the rough patches, they’ll occasionally fall back into the pack to offer encouragement and tips to help you reach the finish too.
During the NN Marathon Rotterdam, participants can join one of the pacers. The set-up is as follows:
Wave 1: 3:00, 3:10
Wave 2: 3:20, 3:30, 3:40
Wave 3: 3:50, 4:00
Wave 4: 4:00, 4:10, 4:20, 4:30
Wave 5: 4:40, 4:50, 5:00 uur
The set-up per wave is descending per time. So in wave 2, the 3:20 o'clock pacers are as far in front as possible, the 3:30 in the middle and the 3:40 in the back. This also applies to the other waves. Please note: it is not possible to start in an earlier wave, but it is possible to start in a later wave (you do not have to inform us of this).