Zandvoort Circuit Run Race Review

Two weeks to go until the Paris Marathon, which means it’s time to taper. I’ve ran on a track before, but not a Grand Prix race track! Therefore I was curious to sign up to the Zandvoort Circuit Run, which takes place on the Zandvoort car racing track. That’s right, you get the run where normally the Formula 1 cars are racing around.

There is a half, 12k and 5k distance. I planned to sign up for the 12k, until I saw the route. Zandvoort is located on the coast and therefore half the run takes place on the beach. I don’t like running on the beach, well I do if there aren’t that many people around, but not during a race. The sand just slows you down too much, especially when there are a lot of people trampling all over it. That’s not really what I’m looking for in a race, I use shorter races to see how my training is going for the bigger races. Or I use them as training runs themselves.

So, I decided to do the 5k, which mostly followed the race track. It looks really cool, all these people running on the track, but it isn’t a really fast running course. You go up and down a lot and through many bends which are positioned at steep sideway angles. And since the track itself isn’t really 5k, they had to come up with a way to make up this distance. So they decided to add a path, on a hill next to the track, to the race route. Downside: the path was sand and rubble, so you needed to make sure not to trip over the small rocks on the path. And since it was along the ridge of a somewhat steep dune (at least for Dutch standards), you couldn’t really pass anyone.

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Thus the course isn’t the best PB course you could imagine, but since I wasn’t going for a PB, that was fine. I finished in 38:20, an average time for me. Got my medal (which is supposed to resemble a car tire) and a drink, but then had to wait 15 minutes until the waves of the half had started before I could get off the track and get my bag. This isn’t great when it’s cold and foggy weather and you just have to stand there.

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All in all, it is pretty well organised, but personally I’d think it would be better if they’d change the routes. And maybe start the half marathon a little later or the 5k a little earlier, so that all 5k runners have finished and have gotten off the track when the half starts.

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  1. The track portion of this race sounds like fun (wouldn’t want to run the beach part though). That medal is sweet!! Didn’t realize it’s supposed to resemble a tire, but I’m loving the runner dude in it. 😊

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