The 18th edition of the Egmond Wandel Marathon will take place on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 January 2021. The varied course leads along the North Sea beach and through the Noordhollands Duinreservaat.
You can choose a distance of 10.5 of 21.1 km and whether you want to participate for one or two days. If you choose the 21.1 km for two days, you will complete the full Wandel Marathon. If you choose the 10.5, a quarter marathon on both days, you will walk a half marathon in total. The course of both distances leads you along the North Sea beach and the Noordhollands Duinreservaat. A beautiful nature reserve, which is a tough challenge to test your condition and to resist the loose sand, the changing weather conditions and the sloping terrain.
It’s possible to register for the North route in the direction of Bergen or the South route in the direction of Castricum, on both Saturday and Sunday. Participants can choose on which day they want to walk the North or South route.
The North route takes you, on both the 10.5 and 21.1 km, along the North Sea beach in a northerly direction. The 21.1 km will leave the beach at the Schoorlse Duinen of Staatsbosheer. After entering the Noordhollands Duinreservaat of PWN, the participants will visit the cozy village of Bergen aan Zee. Afterwards the route will be continued along the picturesque winding roads of this dune area.
The South route is for the 21.1 km participants roughly the same route as for the NN Egmond Halve Marathon runners. The route first goes south over the North Sea beach. The 21.1 km distance leaves the beach in Bakkum and then goes along the Kennemer Dune campsite through the dunes to the Middenweg. Here the route joins the 10.5 km, who have previously left the beach. The finish in Egmond aan Zee is reached via Egmond-Binnen.
Both routes finish in Egmond aan Zee. The route is plotted on the course by means of arrows and ribbons. You will also receive the directions at the start.
North Holland Dune Reserve
A big part of the Egmond Wandel Marathon course runs through the Noordhollands Duinreservaat. The Noordhollands Duinreservaat is one of the biggest contiguous nature reserves in the Netherlands. Dunes are scarce in Europe. This immediately sketches the international value of the reserve. This area originated in its present form over the past ten centuries. The dunes, but also the inner dune edge and the polders, are very attractive for cyclists and walkers. The area is managed by PWN. The aim of PWN is to preserve the original landscape, where it’s still intact. Events are therefore rarely held in the Noordhollands Duinreservaat. Le Champion has built an exceptional position for the Egmond Wandel Marathon and the NN Egmond Halve Marathon in the previous 43 years. We hope to maintain that position through the good behavior of the participants in these events.
During our events, we as an organization want to create the safest possible road situation for participants and other road users. That’s why it’s important to all to show the same walking behavior. We ask you to walk on the right as much as possible during our events. This allows us to avoid ambiguity on routes that aren’t completely closed to walkers.
Please note: the Egmond Wandel Marathon isn’t suitable for disabled people and strollers due to the difficult course and a few stairs on the course. Walking a dog is only possible if it’s on a leash. In addition, everyone is asked to be respectful with nature (throw waste in the bins!) and with your fellow participants.