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Posted: January 22, 2009  :

Athletics: One of the toughest races in history

The 37th edition of the PWN Egmond Half Marathon that took place at the 11th of January 2009 was one of the toughest races in the history of this event. It was at least the coldest since 1997! Winner was the Kenian runner Wilson Kipsang. He finished in 1.05.36. In the women race was Workitu Ayanu the best in 1.16.33.

As is known by now, times don’t count in Egmond. It is the battle against nature and opponents. The temperature was below zero that day, but the strong headwind on the beach made it feel much worse. The temperatures of the past weeks had made the beach and the sand slippery, frozen and even soft at some spots. All these factors made running difficult. Therefore the group of top athletes stayed closely together at the beach, until they reached the dunes of Castricum. From there it became a tactical race between Wilson Kipsang and the young Dutch talent Michel Butter (1.05.50). The women race was less exciting, although the environment was totally new for Workitu Ayanu. Second became the Dutch European champion cross country of 2008 Hilda Kibet.

The total amount of participants were over 16.700 runners. Among them there were a lot of people who ran for their company (nearly 3000) in the business run over 21 km of ¼ marathon.

Another reason why the Half Marathon of Egmond is so special is because of the course. One of the main sponsors for years is PWN. This company takes care of the drinking water in Holland. Therefore they provide good circumstances in the dunes of Holland by taking care of nature. That makes the cooperation between the Egmond Half Marathon and PWN so unique. Because they let thousands of runners see one of the most beautiful spots in Holland, the dunes in the nothwestern part along the beach.

Next year the PWN Egmond Half Marathon will take place at the 10th of January 2010.


1. Wilson Kipsang Kenia 1.05.36
2. Michel Butter Holland 1.05.50
3. Chala Dechase Ethiopië 1.05.53
1. Workitu Ayanu Ethiopië 1.16.33
2. Hilda Kibet Holland 1.17.32
3. Ilse Pol Holland 1.19.21

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