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The Egmond Walking Marathon against rheumatism will take place on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 January 2018. In 15 editions the Egmond Walking Marathon against rheumatism, with distances of 10.5 and 21.1 km, has grown into a distinctive celebration of walking. A varied and attractive route over the North Sea beach, through the North Holland Dune Reserves and the dunes of Schoorl, free snacks and a Walkers Expo are just a few of the things that await you during the Egmond Walking Marathon against rheumatism.

PROGRAMME
Start 8.00 – 10.30 hrs
Finish 10.00 – 16.15 hrs

Location: Sporthal De Watertoren, Watertorenweg 36, 1931 BA Egmond aan Zee

Start en finish

Start
You can start your walk on Saturday and Sunday from 8.00 am to 10.30 am from Sporthal De Watertoren (Watertorenweg 36, 1931 BA, Egmond aan Zee). Here you can also visit the Walking Expo, pick up your event t-shirt (if ordered), catering and the helpdesk. In Sporthal De Watertoren there is a changing room and there’s a possibility to leave clothing bags in storage during walking.

Finish
All distances can finish until 4.15 pm at Sporthal De Watertoren. After the finish you will receive a medal for your achievement. You can also receive a sticker for your walking book in memory of the Egmond Wandel Marathon against rheumatism. At the finish you will find some stands of our partners.

Massage
NGS200x51On Saturday and Sunday you visit Sporthal de Watertoren for a massage between 9 am and 5 pm. The massage is provided by the Dutch Association for Sports Massage (NGS).

Route

The most beautiful beach and dunes in The Netherlands
Walkers and Nordic walkers can choose to walk 10.5 or 21.1 km and on one day or two days. The course for both distances takes you along the North Sea beach and the North Holland Dune Reserves. On the one hand you have the splendid nature reserve and the other a challenge to test your fitness against the powdery sand, the changing weather conditions and the undulating terrain.
Please note the tough course and several steps on the route make the Egmond Walking Marathon unsuitable for people with a disability and for pushchairs. Pets may only be taken on a leash. Everyone is expected to respect the nature around them and their fellow walkers.

In both the 10.5 km and the 21.1 km distances the north route takes you along the North Sea beach in a northerly direction. The 21.1 km walk leaves the beach at the Forestry Commission’s dunes in Schoorl. After going through the PWN North Holland Dune Reserves participants will enter the lovely little village of Bergen aan Zee. They then take the route, which follows the picturesque winding roads that are so typical in these dunes. This is also where the 10.5 km walkers have left the beach. Both routes finish in Egmond aan Zee, where everyone can enjoy the wide choice that the Egmond catering community has to offer.

The 21.1 km south route follows roughly the same route as the classic Egmond Half Marathon. The path of the 10.5 km walk goes first in a southerly direction along the beach and then through the dunes back to Egmond.
On the course arrows and lines mark the first route. Participants will be issued with a route map and information about the attractions along the way, when they receive their first validation stamp.

North Holland Dune Reserves
A large part of the Egmond Walking Marathon goes through the North Holland Dune Reserves. This North Holland Dune Reserve is biggest continuous nature reserve in The Netherlands. Dunes are rare in Europe. That denotes the international importance of the reserve. This area, in its present form, was formed during the last ten centuries. The dunes, the inner dunes and the polders are ideal for cyclists and walkers. The area is managed by PWN (North Holland Water Board). The PWN aims to preserve the original landscape, where it is still undamaged and intact. Events are therefore seldom held in the North Holland Dune Reserve. For the last 45 years Le Champion has been given exemption for the Egmond Walking Marathon and the Egmond Half Marathon. We hope to maintain this exceptional position as a result of the good behaviour of the participants of these events.

Transportation

Shuttle bus
The busses leave from behind the NS station in Heiloo, where there is parking available. Le Champion representatives will be present at the bus stop. It will be possible to order a ticket for the shuttle from the NS station in Heiloo to Sportcentrum De Watertoren in Egmond aan Zee. After the event the shuttle will return to Heiloo. If you are travelling by public transport we recommend you travel via NS station Heiloo. Return tickets, which are valid for one day, are available for this special shuttle bus for € 3,75. They can be ordered via the entry form on this website. Tickets can also be purchased on the bus provided space is available for an additional € 1,25. In addition to the Connexxion scheduled service, the shuttle service will run between 7.00 and 10.30 from Heiloo to Egmond aan Zee and between 10.00 and 17.00 from Egmond aan Zee to Heiloo.

Weekend return
Are you staying in Egmond aan Zee from Saturday till Sunday and you still want to use the shuttle there is the possibility to choose for a weekend return. This allows you to take the bus from railway station in Heiloo to Egmond aan Zee at Saturday and return again on Sunday. On the Saturday of the event, these tickets are also on sale at the bus. In this case you pay € 7,00.

Parking
If you come to Egmond aan Zee by car please park in the big car park in Egmond-Zuid (Egmond South) or on the North or South Boulevard. Please follow the directions given by the traffic wardens and to follow the signs that lead to the car parks. Road signs will show you the way to Sportcentrum De Watertoren, which is where the start and finish of the Egmond Walking Marathon against rheumatism takes place. For the best route by car we recommend you go to www.anwb.nl where you can use the route planner to determine the route from your house to Egmond aan Zee. The destination is the Watertorenweg in Egmond aan Zee.