Special race information in English for international competitors - 'The longest beach run in the World'
Jan Knippenberg Memorial Run 2012, 10th edition. With the full distance JKM (100 English Miles along the Dutch Coast) and 50 English Miles.
Dick de Waal Malefijt (Vijfhuizen) & Martien Baars (Texel) in cooperation with several Athletic Clubs and volunteers along the course.
The race is governed by the Athletics Association Texel and is officially registered with the Royal Dutch Athletics Association (KNAU).
The 100 mile race is open for every body (professional, amateur, Athletics Club Member or just a runner) as long as one of the Qualifying Standards (see below) describes you. Most likely the race will be part of the Marathon and Ultracup 2012.
Qualifying Standards for 100 miles along the Dutch coast
The qualifying standards for the JKM 100 EM (English Miles) are equal to the 120 Texel race.
Within the last 5 years (2006-2010) the participant has to have achieved one of the following:
1) Official 100k within 09.30 or
2) Within an official 12 hours race more than 120k or
3) Within an official 24 hours race more than 200k or
If you have successfully finished one of the below mentioned races you can register for the JKM 100 2012
4) Finished 120K Texel (a Dutch island north of the mainland) in 07,09 or 11 or
5) This race but in 08 or 10 (it's only ever every 2nd year) or
6) Spartathlon between 2006-2010
With your registration, please submit proof of your achieved Qualifying Standard.
The organization reserves the right to allow anybody into the race with different achievements that aforementioned. You can send Wild Card request to Martien Baars secretary of the race.
Start 100 EM at the evening of Good Friday 06 April 2012 22:00 (10:00 pm). The start will be in the town of Naaldwijk.
Start 50 EM at the morning of 07 April in IJmuiden at 08.30 am.
Finish: Not later than Saturday 07 April 2012 18:00 (06:00 pm) Den Helder. This means a 20 hour limit for 161 km/100 m.
Exact finish location to be announced.
Route Jan Knippenberg Memorial
See also route Jan Knippenberg Memorial
Aid stations: circa every 10k / 6.1m
Registration only possible before the race. No registration allowed on the day of the race.
Till 07 March 2012 via www.inschrijven.nl
Open from 01 November 2011.
The cost and payment methods will be announced on www.inschrijven.nl
The website www.ultraned.org as well as this website will have regular updates and names of the people successfully registered.
A summary about Jan Knippenberg
Jan Knippenberg can be considered the Godfather of ultrarunning in the Netherlands. Not only because of his major achievements on some very significant events and distances (1000m/1600km from his place of birth Hoek van Holland to Stockholm in 18 days in 1974; 400km around the Ijsselmeer in 43:37 hour in 1979), but also because he was a true evangelist of this kind of sport. He was a regular columnist in the magazine Runner's World.
In his book 'De Mens als Duurloper' which roughly translates as 'Man as Endurance Runner' (1987) he describes that distances far and beyond that of our currently known marathon distance were normal. He described running not as a sport but as a way of travel whereby mind and body constantly move. Remember travel comes from the French word Travail which means work. In order to work you had to travel to get there.
Jan loved the Dutch coast. From 1974 he lived in Castricum where he worked as a history teacher. In 1984 he and his family moved to Texel. In November 1995 Jan died of cancer.
A foundation was created under the chairmanship of his brother Bob. The aim of this foundation was to create a memorial run. An ultra distance beach run from Den Helder to Hoek van Holland (Hook of Holland). This was a route Jan has ran many times, either by himself or with his running buddy Ron Teunisse (author of the book De Koerier die nergens bij hoort – The Courier who doesn’t conform).
In the night of Pentecost 25-26 May 1996 the first edition of this memorial run took place. Ron came across the finish line first with an average speed of more than 11 km per hour.
The first edition of the JKM saw a field of more than 20 ultrarunners of which half did the 50 mile distance.
The second edition of the JKM, again at Pentecost, 17-18 May 1997 again had about 20 participants including Wim Bart Knol from The Hague a well known Dutch Beach runner.
In 1998 the run was moved to the Easter weekend and Knol won the race running an average speed of 11.5k per hour. According to Wim-Bart Knol, this is the best Dutch Ultra Run.
(Translation into English by Michiel Hoefsmit)