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Welcome to the 12th edition of the Jan Knippenberg Memorial RUN on Easter Saturday 26 March 2016!


Jan Knippenberg was a Dutch ultra-pioneer born in Hook of Holland in 1948. He became history teacher, and was long time employed at the secondary school in Castricum. During his running career, his training covered many times the whole beach between Hoek van Holland and Den Helder. In 1984, Jan and his family moved to Texel where he initiated the biannual Around Texel 60K race in 1991 and the 120K race in 1993. He died of cancer at age 47 in November 1995. In May 1996, his friends organized the first Jan Knippenberg Memorial, from Den Helder to Hoek van Holland. Since 1998 the Jan Knippenberg Memorial (JKM) is biannually held on Easter Saturday of the even years. The route switched from south to north in 2008. Below you can find all the information you need to register for the JKM 2016.


If you want to register immediately click on this LINK. Please note that there will be a SHORT and a LONG JKM. The short one (56K) is open for everybody and the same holds for the long race (125K).


The Jan Knippenberg Memorial is organized by the ‘Friends of the JKM’ 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 125 km race is open for everybody (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 2016.
Qualifying Standards for 125 km (LONG JKM) along the Dutch coast
The qualifying standards for the JKM 125 km are equal to the 120 Texel race. Within the last 7 years (2008-2015) 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 125 km 2016

4) Finished 120K Texel (a Dutch island north of the mainland) in 2009, 2011, 2013 or 2015
5) This race but in 2010, 2012 or 2014 (it's only every second year) or
6) Spartathlon between 2008-2015


Wild Cards
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 than aforementioned. You can send Wild Card request to Martien Baars and Henri Thunnissen secretary of the race.



English information

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