The Like2Run philosophy is paying off: the future of our lifestyle and top sporting events is prosperous
With the ABN AMRO Marathon Rotterdam, the ABN AMRO CPC Run The
Hague, Ladies Run Rotterdam and Zilveren Kruis Bridges Run
Rotterdam we have a great year behind us. And the future of these
Like2Run events looks even more prosperous.
With the new-style Bridges Run, which premiered last month with
six thousand participants, we succeeded in our efforts to create a
special event in the magical Christmas atmosphere. The more than
enthusiastic responses we received from everyone, underscores our
belief that there is enormous potential, with De Kuip as the
attractive and inspiring hub.
That great potential also applies to the Ladies Run, which, with
six thousand ladies, was successfully moved to Ahoy last June. Our
two lifestyle events have been radically renewed in 2011 and have
the opportunity to grow in the coming years and be even more
emphatically trendsetting. Of course while maintaining the
characteristic Like2Run quality: We like to run the extra mile to
create winners, not for nothing our motto.
"In fact, with the Zilveren Kruis Bridges Run and the Ladies
Run Rotterdam we have put two new events on the map"
The fact that the metamorphosis of the Bridges Run and the
Ladies Run has been so successful, is largely due to the efforts of
our volunteers and the cooperation of the municipal services. They
therefore deserve our thanks and appreciation. In fact we have all
been involved in putting two 'new' events on the map, with new
locations and new courses.
We are also innovative and ambitious about the ABN AMRO Marathon
Rotterdam and the ABN AMRO CPC Run The Hague. At these more
'achievement' oriented events we expect record attendances of
25,000 and 32,000 respectively, this year.
We will continue to organise the ABN AMRO Kids Runs on the
Saturday before the Marathon. The Provinces Marathon Challenge,
where the prestigious title of the Netherlands' fastest marathon
province is up for grabs, and the Super Marathon Masters, where
loyal participants are put in the spotlight, are new initiatives
that add something extra to our Marathon.
The ABN AMRO Marathon Rotterdam and the ABN AMRO CPC Run The
Hague have international reputations as major events where fast
times and many personal bests are run. We intend to keep it that
way and will therefore will be investing our efforts in these
events again in 2012.
In the next CPC Run, on Sunday, March 11, we want to bring the
half-marathon world record, which Samuel Wanjiru achieved in 1997,
back to The Hague. In favourable weather conditions Leonard
Komon should be able to run a great time.
"We want a world record at the ABN AMRO CPC Run The Hague and
at the ABN AMRO Marathon Rotterdam"
A few weeks later, on Sunday, April 15, we will be looking for a
world record again at our Marathon. That has been run three times
on the Coolsingel, twice in the men's category (Carlos Lopes and
Belayneh Densamo), once in the women's category (Tegla
A year ago I predicted here that the world record would soon be
broken. That indeed happened: Patrick Makau ran 02.03.38 in Berlin.
Now I say: a even sharper world record will be achieved in the
It can be even sooner and we want show that in three months in
Rotterdam. We expect a lot of Moses Mosop, who will lead an
unprecedented field of runners. The start is half an hour early, at
10:30. This increases the likelihood of (slightly) more favourable
weather conditions with a better temperature and less wind. Every
In this interesting sports year, with among others the Olympic
Games in London, which many marathoners are hoping to qualify for,
in Rotterdam, we the organisers will do everything to get the best
out of ourselves. Thus, entirely in line with our Like2Run
philosophy, to give our participants, at every level, the chance to
surpass themselves and have fun while running - in every possible