Hafkamp Groenewegen

De Ronde Venen Marathon

Sunday, November 19, 2023

A unique running experience for nature lovers

On Sunday, November 19, 2023, the 6th edition of the Hafkamp Groenewegen De Ronde Venen Marathon will take place. Runners can again choose from the Marathon, the Duo-marathon (alternating running and cycling with 2 participants) and the 10 kilometer. There is a children's run in Abcoude, the Mini-Marathon. Start and finish are in Abcoude, a village just south of Amsterdam. The Marathon and the Duo-marathon have a beautiful course through the eight villages of municipality De Ronde Venen, along small rivers and through green areas. Get to know this special area in the Green Heart of the Randstad!

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December 27: Relishing 6th edition with photos

Still enjoying the Hafkamp Groenewegen De Ronde Venen Marathon? There are photos on our website of the passages in F.N. Kempen's greenhouse and Wim van Bemmel's cowshed.

Looking back on November 19

The prolonged and abundant rainfall posed challenges to the organization in preparation. Fortunately, Pluvius was kind to the runners and the organization on Sunday, November 19. It became a tough edition due to the swampy passages of the unpaved sections. At the finish that soon gave way to satisfaction and joy and compliments on the beautiful course, the good organization and the enthusiastic volunteers and public. It was thus another successful edition of the Hafkamp Groenewegen De Ronde Venen Marathon.

The 6th edition had a record number of entries of no less than 1450 runners, including the Plus Koot Mini-marathon in Abcoude. Most of the runners were not affected by the poor weather conditions of recent weeks; they were at the start on the Raadhuisplein in Abcoude.
After the starting shot by main sponsor Hans Groenewegen, a long ribbon of runners and cyclists moved through all eight villages of De Ronde Venen, with Baambrugge as the first village and then via the former railroad track to Vinkeveen, Wilnis and Mijdrecht. After passing the Raadhuisplein square, the Schattekerkerweg between Mijdrecht and De Hoef followed. There was a fierce headwind there, where many a runner, but also the cycling along duo partner on the KernGezond Duo Marathon, gasped for breath. The wind was at our backs from De Hoef. After a piece of pancake at De Strooppot, the enthusiast could get on with it.

Once again the passage through F.N. Kempen's greenhouse at the end of Oosterlandweg was included in the course. The runners then went via the Pondskoekersluis and the Kromme Mijdrecht to Amstelhoek. After Amstelhoek came the toughest part of the marathon. The dike in front of farmer Van Bemmel's cow tunnel and barn was completely saturated with water. Despite the bulkheads, the runners sunk deep. Right after that, however, followed the passage through the cowshed, where many runners pulled out their smartphones to capture this unique part of the course. At 36 kilometers, the passage over the Botsholpad followed. The worst part had been provided with hay in the week prior to the marathon and it otherwise held up wonderfully well.

At the finish, the runners were welcomed by enthusiastic spectators and speaker and music. Furthermore, it was possible to regain strength with soup and lots of other food and drink.
The organization of the Hafkamp Groenewegen De Ronde Venen Marathon thanks all runners, volunteers, the sponsors and the municipality of De Ronde Venen for their contribution to this successful 6th edition!

Check our site for photos of all distances. Photos were taken in the greenhouse, in the cowshed and at other places along the course. Videos of start and finish can be found in the news items.

Places of honor
Mayor Maarten Divendal presented awards to the first three runners and duos of the various categories. The victory in the men's Hafkamp Groenewegen Marathon went to American Jesse Barragan in 2:50.23. The presentation of the day was for An Bennema from Groningen. She smashed the women's course record by 12 minutes, bringing it to 2:57.44. In the KernGezond Duo Marathon there were victories for Dol fijn Duo (ladies - 3.02.15), Motorclub MalleJan (men - 2.33.26) and the NePallen (mixed - 2.50.50).
In the Day Six 10 kilometers it was Vinkevener Johan Pluim who "finally" claimed victory after a 2nd and a 3rd place. He ran a time of 33.26. Among the ladies it was Roos Nouwens from Amsterdam who took the win in a time of 41.57.
Check our website for all results.

Next edition
Please mark Sunday, November 17, 2024 in your calendar for the 7th edition of the Hafkamp Groenewegen De Ronde Venen Marathon.

We further wish all runners, volunteers and sponsors a very happy 2024!

Nov. 16, 2023: Get ready for Sunday next!

Registration for the 6th edition of the Hafkamp Groenewegen has gone unprecedentedly well: 1350 runners have registered for the various distances. The distribution is: 450 runners on the Hafkamp Groenewegen (whole) Marathon, 300 duos on the KernGezond Duo marathon and 300 on the DaySix 10 kilometers. So it will be extra fun on November 19 next in Abcoude and in the other villages of De Ronde Venen. It also means that you should take into account that collecting starting numbers may take longer than usual. So come on time and prepare well!

Course marathon and duo-marathon
The prolonged and intense rainfall of the past few weeks presents new challenges. The Botsholpad (between 36 and 38.5 km) is not in good shape in some places. We will make improvements for the worst part in the coming week. We hope this will be enough for good passage.

Duos: you can't switch everywhere!
Perhaps unnecessarily, but better too often...: there are parts where you cannot change as a duo. This is because you cannot cycle on some sections: runners and cyclists follow a different route. These are from start to 3.5 km, from 7.2 to 11 km and from 34 to 38.5 km. Check our website for more info on this and prepare for it by arranging the exchange points.

Pick up starting numbers
You can pick up your starting number at Sporthuis Abcoude, Geinplein 3 in Abcoude. This is possible on Sunday from 8.15 am (marathon and duo-marathon) and from 10.00 am for the 10 km. Want to avoid the crowds? Start numbers can also be picked up on Saturday between 12.00 and 16.00 in the Sporthuis.

You can park in the parking lot of the sports fields on the Hollandse Kade and on the Dr. Van Doornplein. These are large parking lots, but some distance from the Sports House. A shuttle bus runs from the sports fields to the Sporthuis Abcoude. There are also parking facilities on the Bovenkamp and the Bijdorplaan. Please note! There is a parking disc zone with a maximum parking time of 2 hours on the parking lot next to the Sporthuis, also on Sundays.

Start and finish
The start and finish are on the Raadhuisplein in Abcoude. The distance between the Sporthuis and the start/finish is approximately 1 kilometer. There is a shuttle bus, but take into account extra travel time.

Start times
The Hafkamp Groenewegen De Ronde Venen Marathon and the KernGezond Duo Marathon start simultaneously, namely at 10:00 am. Prior to that, the cyclists of the duo-marathon will start on the Molenweg (near the Raadhuisplein) at 9:50 am. The Day Six 10 kilometers start at 11:00 a.m. The awards ceremony is at 12:15 pm (10 km) and 2:00 pm (marathon and Duo marathon) at the Council House Square.

Put the following numbers in your phone!
Are you really unable to continue on the marathon or duo-marathon (as a runner)? Call tel. 0617297316. We have some cars available to take you to Abcoude. Do you or another runner need medical assistance? Call tel. 0493-242112. We have doctors and nurses available who can be on site quickly.

Turn in your start number after the finish
This is because we can reuse the chip in your start number. That saves making new chips and that saves us buying new chips for next year.

More information?
Check out our website and keep an eye on our Facebook pages De Ronde Venen Marathon and De Ronde Venenmarathon!