Dutch marathon runner Abdi Nageeye will be at the start of the most beautiful marathon in the Netherlands for the 3rd time on Sunday 7 April. The 29-year-old top athlete is no stranger to Rotterdam. In 2015, he made his debut in Rotterdam and finished 9th overall in a time of 2.12.33. He was crowned Dutch Champion with this fantastic performance. In 2017, he was the first Dutch athlete ever to dive under the 'magical' limit of 2.10.00 (2.09.36) on the Coolsingel. Half a year later, on a sunny day in Amsterdam, the Somali-born man claimed the national title in a Dutch record of 2.08.16.
The talented Nageeye returns to Rotterdam, partly to take revenge after the European Athletics Championships in Berlin where he had to stop in the final stages after suffering from cramps. Earlier that year, he ran the Boston Marathon where he finished 7th in very harsh weather conditions. The athlete himself said this was his toughest marathon ever.Read more
Khalid Choukoud will be at the start of the NN Marathon Rotterdam for the sixth time on Sunday 7 April 2019. The 32-year-old athlete from The Hague's AV Sparta ran his PB of 2.10.52 in 2014 during his debut in Rotterdam and wants to finish as close to two hours and ten minutes as possible on Sunday 7 April. Choukoud has the opportunity to set the second fastest time ever run by a Dutchman in Rotterdam on this international stage.
However, the two previous editions did not suit the top Dutch athlete. In 2017, he had to stop because of blisters and in 2018 he didn't make it to the finish because of an unfortunate fall at the start. In the upcoming edition, Choukoud wants to do everything possible to improve his best performance of 2.10.52. Choukoud is receiving all possible support from the organisation to surpass himself. A strong group of pacers has been formed to help him.Read more
The 29-year-old Koen Naert will be at the start of the 39th NN Marathon Rotterdam next spring. In August this year, the Belgian athlete from Roeselaere won the gold medal in the marathon at the European Championships in Berlin. He finished in 2:09:51 and beat his personal best by twenty-five seconds. Earlier this year at Valencia he also improved his PB on the half marathon by more than two minutes. His time was a very quick 1:01:42.
The European Champion is working hard to build up his condition in the run-up to next year in which he wants to qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020. That is one of the reasons why he chose the fast track at Rotterdam.Read more
In less than three days, all 5.000 early bird bib numbers for the marathon distance were sold out. The early bird bib numbers for the AA Drink 1/4 marathon distance were sold out a week later. The sale of the regular bib numbers has already started. Will you be at there on Sunday the 7th of April, 2019? The event remains undiminished in popularity year on year so do not wait too long to register!Read more
Good news! All races results are now online! Also take a look at our Facebook album for our first pictures.Read more
A large number of top-tier international runners has committed to taking part in the 38th edition of the NN Marathon Rotterdam. Since the field will include so many elite runners, the organisers expect a close race which may not be decided until the final metres before the finish line at the city’s renowned Coolsingel. Several athletes have previously run personal bests in Rotterdam and are familiar with the extremely fast course, whose starting point has been moved to the foot of the iconic Erasmus Bridge.Read more
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The 38th edition of the NN Marathon Rotterdam will feature a new and inspiring start location. At 10am on Sunday, 8 April 2018, many thousands of runners participating in the country’s greatest, fastest and most popular marathon will start from the beginning of the iconic Erasmus Bridge. The starting cannon and the lifting ramp with Lee Towers, who will once again perform You’ll Never Walk Alone as tradition demands, will also move to the new start location.
Coolsingel will remain the beating heart of The Marathon Weekend in 2018. On Sunday, participants in both the full marathon and the 1/4 marathon will cross the finish line at the Coolsingel. On Saturday, thousands of kids will get moving during the two NN Kids’ Runs (1K and 2.5K, respectively), followed by the 4.2K AD City Run.Read more
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.Read more