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The 4th edition of the Mergelland Marathon

will take place on Sunday 9 September 2001

on a new completely new course through the beautiful hills of South Limburg

with start at 13.00 - and finish on the Markt in Meerssen (near Maastricht)

new in 2001:

        a completely new marathon course

        a 5 and 10 km run in and around Meerssen

        improved registration of recreational runners

        look at for more information


The 4th edition of the Mergelland Marathon

On Sunday 9 September 2001 the Marathon Zuid-Limburg Foundation will organise the 4th edition of the Mergelland Marathon in South Limburg. Start, at 13.00 hours, and finish, from about 15.30 hours onwards, will take place on the Markt in Meerssen (near Maastricht) at the foot of the ancient Basilica. Last year Jean Herpers finished first in 2 hours and 50 minutes despite the oppressing hot weather conditions. The first women Inge van Bergen arrived after 3 hours - a fantastic performance! On the Marsana 10 km run Marc Jaspers finished in 37 minutes and first women was Manon Wenmekers after 46 minutes.

A new Marathon course

In 2001 the Marathon will be run on a completely new course. To allow the audience to follow the runners more intensively the Marathon will be divided over a small round through Meersssen followed by two larger rounds of 21 km and 18 km around Meerssen through the hills of South Limburg. The new course will be a bit less undulated than last years. But, the Mergelland Marathon will still be a challenge for the runners!

More information on the new course with altitude indications will follow in the next newsletter.

The 5 and 10 km Marsana runs.

In 2001 we will add a 5 km run to the Marsana 10 km run. Both runs will take place on a new course as well on an almost completely traffic-free route in and around Meerssen. Of course, also these runs will start and finish in the shadow of the Basilica on the Markt.

More information in the next newsletter.