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Race previews Enschede Marathon

15 November 2016, 4pm

Come to the Netherlands and enjoy the oldest marathon in Western Europe

Enschede

Enschede Marathon
Sun 23 April 2017

The IAAF conference held at the European Athletics Championships in Oslo in August 1946 determined to hold a Marathon competition between the Netherlands and Czechoslovakia in Enschede the following year.

Saturday 12 July 1947 was the big day; 51 participants started, hoping to return fit and healthy to the summery Van Heekpark after 42km and 195m. Of them, 33 runners did indeed complete the race with Eero Riikonen from Finland taking first place. The Enschede Marathon was born.

On Sunday 23 April 2017 the 49th edition of the Enschede Marathon will take place — the oldest marathon in Western Europe.

Nowadays the race hosts top athletes as well as thousands of runners from home and abroad who all get to experience what it’s like to finish on Boulevard 1945. It’s a marathon weekend that combines top sporting action with a good atmosphere. There are multiple pacing teams at the different distances, varied courses, a lot of music and enthusiastic supporters offering encouragement all along the course.

The following distances are offered as part of the Enschede Marathon weekend:

- HumanCapitalCare Marathon (42195m)
- In het Veld Halve Marathon (21097.5m)
- CityRUN (10km)
- Menzis FitRUN (5km)
- SKE KidsRUN (1km)
- CompanyRUN

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