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Events along the North Sea coastline

Egmond aan Zee

Egmond aan Zee

In the weekend of January 7th and 8th thousands of sports enthusiasts come to the Dutch coastal town Egmond aan Zee to participate in the AGU Egmond-Pier-Egmond ATB beach race or one day later in the PWN Egmond Half Marathon. These spectacular events, with their course along the beach and through the dunes, attract yearly 3,500 bikers and 12,500 runners. Among them hundreds of athletes from countries like Germany, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Ireland and Norway.

Participating in Egmond aan Zee is a real challenge. Each year, the beach, the wind and the weather determine the course. Many cold, stormy races are still fresh in every participant’s memory. Of course sunny, almost spring-like editions can be remembered too. Always, however, the beach plays first fiddle.

The 14th AGU Egmond-Pier-Egmond ATB beach race is with its 36 km the longest beach race of the Benelux 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 17 km. The best Dutch cyclists battle against each other and the elements.

One day later, on the 8th of January, the PWN Egmond Half Marathon celebrates its 40 year anniversary. With an attractive anniversary program the organization pays extra attention to the illustrious history of this winter classic, whose first edition took place in 1973. The PWN Egmond Half Marathon is the toughest 21.1 km in Holland, because of the loose sand, the rolling dunes, the low temperatures and the strong winds. The race consists of one round through the coastal village Egmond aan Zee, 7 km across the beach and 9 km through woods and dunes. Thanks to this unique variety, the PWN Egmond Half Marathon is always an enormous success.

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