For years Egmond aan Zee is hosting two tough events at the beginning of January. At Saturday 9th there will be a bike race on the beach and one day later the PWN Egmond Half Marathon is taking place. Both events are heroic, because of the always tough circumstances and the battle against the elements. Some people even participate both days. The organisation has a special ranking for those who combine the two events.
The 12th Egmond-Pier-Egmond ATB-Beach Race is with its 36 km the longest beach race of Europe and starts at the boulevard of Egmond aan Zee. The course takes the participants across the beach to Wijk aan Zee where the turning point is situated after 18 km. The best Dutch cyclists, Robert Gesink, Sebastian Langeveld and Laurens ten Dam, battle with each other and the elements like the sandy beach, the cold weather, wind and high tide (this year!). Every year thousands of recreational fanatic well trained cyclists participate individually in this event or with their company.
One day later, the 10th of January, thousands of runners from all over the world participate in the 38th PWN Egmond Half Marathon. It is the toughest 21 km in Holland, because of the unpredictable weather, the sandy beach, dunes, wind, the low temperatures and the high tide (this year!). Therefore the Dutch runners call this event a real winter classic, which you must have run at least once in your life. Here, at this place, nature is proud at itself because of the beautiful environment.
The edition of 1985 is known as the toughest race ever in the history of the PWN Egmond Half Marathon. Blizzards hit the runners and the course became invisible. Still nearly 5,000 runners participated that year. The last decennia more international top athletes come to Egmond. For example the Kenyan top runner Tegla Loroupe who won seven times. But also her fellow countrymen Robert Cheboror and William Kipsang have won 'Egmond'.
Runners and cyclists can not register anymore. Within a record of time the amount of participants has reached the limit: Egmond-Pier-Egmond (3,600) and PWN Egmond Half Marathon and Quarter Marathon (12,500).
People who prefer to walk, can come to Egmond aan Zee in the weekend of 23 and 24 January for the 7th PWN Egmond Walking Marathon. There are two beautiful courses. At Saturday participants can walk the North course over 10 and 21 km and at Sunday the South course over 10 and 21 km. Both courses attract participants who like the beach, dunes and gorgeous small villages. We also welcome nordic walkers. The registration for Saturday is fully booked. At Sunday there are still a few places left.