Home  

   Trail

Trail

Marathon / Duo marathon

You run the Marathon and Duo marathon on a unique course. One big lap along / through all eight cores of the municipality of De Ronde Venen: Abcoude , Baambrugge , Vinkeveen, Wilnis, Mijdrecht, De Hoef , Amstelhoek and Waverveen and back to Abcoude. Over traffic-free and low-traffic roads, a former railroad track, along streams and through meadows.

On the last kilometers to Abcoude comes the surprise, namely a beautiful nature reserve: Botshol, a hamlet and a lake and swamp area. In rainy weather it can be swampy there.

Abcoude

Abcoude is the start and finish location of the Hafkamp Groenewegen De Ronde Venen Marathon. The center has many monuments and is a protected village sight. A particularly beautiful place for this special event. The start and finish are on the Raadhuisplein, opposite the former Abcoude town hall. Collecting start numbers and changing clothes are in the brand new Sporthuis Abcoude, a beautiful combination of a sports hall and a swimming pool. The course, unlike other years, goes after the start directly via the winding De Horn to Baambrugge.

Baambrugge

Baambrugge is the second place on the route. The village has about 1,400 inhabitants. The center of Baambrugge also has several national monuments and is a protected village sight. Via the Zuwe, a road with pollard willows on both sides, the route goes through the small tunnel under the A2 to Vinkeveen.

Vinkeveen

Vinkeveen is a nationally known place. Is it from the beautiful Vinkeveense Plassen, the exit of the A2 or as the former home of André Hazes? The course of the marathon goes along a quiet bike path with a row of trees on both sides. There is then a beautiful view of the Vinkeveense Plassen. Through the small tunnel under the Demmerikse bridge in the N201 the route runs via the Demmeriksesluis and along the pumping station De Ruiter towards the former railroad line Nieuwersluis-Uithoorn. Until 1989 trains still ran here, even with a level crossing of the A2. Who can remember or imagine? Today the railroad is in use as a footpath. The crossing in Vinkeveen is 3.5 kilometers away. Here stands the Spoorhuis Vinkeveen, the former railway station of Vinkeveen, today for rent as a meeting and event location. The former track continues on, across the Ringvaart canal and into Wilnis.

Wilnis

Wilnis is somewhat less well known. Yet Wilnis was in the news nationwide when the dike breached in 2003. Not because of too much water, but because of the drought, the dike had weakened to the point that it no longer held back the water. The low-lying neighborhood flooded, but the higher part of Wilnis also suffered a lot of damage due to the lack of counter pressure from the water. And let the route go through this exact spot! The route goes via the bicycle/footpath along the Ringvaart. The route moves to the outskirts of Wilnis, again towards the former railroad track. To the left is the Roman Catholic Johannes de Doperkerk and to the right is the Mijdrecht Industrial Park.

Mijdrecht

Mijdrecht is the main town of municipality De Ronde Venen and has about 16,000 inhabitants. The town hall is located in this place. Mijdrecht has a large business park including logistics and manufacturing companies. The course goes through the middle of the village center, past the town hall and across the central square of Mijdrecht - the Raadhuisplein. Through the Dorpsstraat, the route goes to the Kerkvaart. This is a narrow street with some older houses on both sides. Then we go over the dike along the water the Kerkvaart and along the greenhouse area Tuinderslaan. Here is the half-marathon point.

The Hoof

De Hoef is one of the three small centers of the municipality, but certainly not small in beauty. De Hoef is very beautifully situated on the beautiful meandering river Kromme Mijdrecht. Those who walk (or bike) here understand why the river is so named. De Hoef is also known for its pancake restaurant De Strooppot. We pass through the ribbon development of De Hoef and turn right onto the Oude Spoorbaan (that former train again...). We take a grassy dike to the route through a greenhouse! Greenhouses are an important economic sector of Mijdrecht and therefore should not be missing from the route. Then we go sneak through, crawl through via the Pondskoekersluis to the Kromme Mijdrecht, towards Amstelhoek.

Amstelhoek.

In Amstelhoek, the Kromme Mijdrecht has now become the Amstel. We turn away from the river, pass Amstelhoek and arrive at a special place: the wrecking yard of the Pothuizen company. A public road cuts across the site of this scrapyard. The road turns into the unpaved Ringdijk 1e Bedijking. We turn right into the polder, go through the tunnel under the N201 especially for cows and a cowshed and end up on the Tienboerenweg.

Waverveen

Waverveen is known for its vast polders under the smoke of Amsterdam. For the runners, it's a bit of a stretch through those polders. For enthusiasts, there is a view of the Amsterdam Arena to the left. Just when it threatens to get boring, there is the icing on the cake, the whipped cream in the pudding: the nature trail through the nature reserve Botshol: 2.5 kilometers on grass paths and some bridges. There's the little river Winkel.

Abcoude

Abcoude, through the small tunnel under the A2 motorway. The route now moves swiftly to the finish line: in front of the former Abcoude town hall.

10 kilometers

For runners who have been participating in runs for some time, the course of the 10 km is a classic. It is the former route of the Ronde van Abcoude. The route starts at the Raadhuisplein in the historic center of Abcoude. You have to do a lap around 't Schapenweitje and then via the Koppeldijk towards Baambrugge. Via the winding De Horn the runners go through the center of Baambrugge towards the small tunnel under the A2. Under the tunnel turn right, back towards Abcoude. The A2 is neatly hidden behind the sound barrier, while the runners pass through green surroundings. The route then goes under the A2 along the Winkel in the direction of Abcoude. The final kilometer passes through built-up areas, with finish in the center on the Raadhuisplein.

Abcoude

Abcoude is the start and finish location of the Hafkamp Groenewegen De Ronde Venen Marathon. The center has many monuments and is a protected village sight. A particularly beautiful place for this special event. The start and finish are on the Raadhuisplein, opposite the former Abcoude town hall. Collecting start numbers and changing clothes are in the new Sporthuis Abcoude, a beautiful combination of a sports hall and a swimming pool. The course goes via the winding De Horn to Baambrugge.

Baambrugge

Baambrugge is the second place on the route. The village has about 1,400 inhabitants. The center of Baambrugge also has several national monuments and is a protected village sight. Via the Zuwe, a road with pollard willows on both sides, the route goes through the small tunnel under the A2 to Vinkeveen.