Countdown to the 46th Midwinter Marathon!

On Sunday Februari 3th, the wait will finally be over. 14,000 runners from home and abroad will take part in the 46th Centraal Beheer Midwinter Marathon. As a runner there are still a few preparations you will need to make over the coming days, and we will be happy to help you. You will find useful information below, read it and use it to your advantage.

Collect race numbers at Orpheus Theatre
Participants who live abroad must collect their race number on Sunday no later than one hour before the start of the corresponding distance at Orpheus Theatre.

Orpheus information centre
On February 3th, Orpheus Theatre (West entrance on Soerenseweg) will be furnished again as an information centre. Helpers wearing yellow vests will be on hand in various places to answer your questions.

List of changing facilities
The changing facilities (see map) can be found at the following addresses:
•    Ladies changing facility (Asselronde) – Heuvellaan School, Burglaan 44
•    Changing facility Rabobankzaal Orpheus Theatre/Churchillplein 1
•    Changing facility Sprengeloo educational institute, Sprengenweg 81
•    Changing facility Van Voorthuysenschool educational institute, Heuvellaan 1

Please do not come by car to the changing facility as there will be no parking available and a parking ban will be in operation. So, use the free shuttle buses to reach the changing facilities.
Visit the website and view your chosen distance (click on “changing facility”) for a map with the exact location of the changing facility.

Start times
•    From 10.00 a.m. –  Centraal Beheer Kidsrun – 1 km
•    11.15 a.m. – Decathlon Mini-Marathon – 10 miles
•    11.45 a.m. – Asselronde – 25 km
•    3 p.m. – Centraal Beheer Acht van Apeldoorn – 8 km

Would you like to take another good look at the course of your chosen distance and see the gradients? Visit our page and click on the route map for your distance.

Chip in the race number
For this event, we are using a chip in the race number for the timekeeping. This chip, which can only be used once, is attached to the back of the race number. The chip records the start time, split times and finish time. Make sure that your race number (and therefore the chip) is securely attached. The race number must not be under your shirt or jacket, for example, otherwise the time will not be recorded.

Video, photo and certificate
MySports will make videos and take photos of all the participants. They will also make a video that captures the atmosphere of the Midwinter Marathon. These images will be available via an icon behind name in the results list within 36 hours of the end of the race. You will be able to share your videos with family and friends free of charge via Twitter and Facebook. You can also order a print of the photo from MySports for free. On the results page you can also download a free certificate with your name, distance and finish time.

Compulsory starting pens
The runners have been allocated to compulsory starting pens. On your race number there will be a letter: A, B, C or W. You have been allocated to one of these pens depending on your expected finish time and the number of participants. Make sure that you are standing in the right starting pen on time due to congestion on Loolaan (at least five minutes before the start). The entrance to the starting pens can be found on both sides of Loolaan. The pens are signposted.

Medical passport
The chances of something happening during the race are thankfully very small. In the unlikely event of anything going wrong, it will be important that you have filled in the back of your race number. Be sensible and fill in the details at home. This will benefit you and your support team.

Public transport options
From the train/bus station in Apeldoorn (Centre side) you can reach the start and finish on Loolaan using the following means.
a. Walking (approx. 15 minutes): follow the signs for Orpheus Theatre.
b. Using the free shuttle bus from Apeldoorn & Bloemzaad Verkeersopleidingen driving school to Orpheus Theatre, and vice versa. This is signposted on Stationsplein. The bus journey takes roughly 8 minutes.
c. Taking city bus 16 (Berg & Bos). This bus (not free) departs two times an hour, check internet for a timetable. Ask the driver to take you to the stop close to Orpheus Theatre. The route has been adapted because the buses will not be able to run along Loolaan on Sunday. The bus journey takes roughly 10 minutes.

Are you travelling with a party of people in your own bus? If so, you will be dropped off near Orpheus Theatre.

Shuttle buses from and to the park-and-ride (free)
We kindly ask that you do not come by car to Orpheus Theatre. Participants who are coming from outside Apeldoorn can use the park-and-ride facilities and the free shuttle buses. This is the easiest way to reach the start/finish. These buses travel from and to the park-and-ride facilities by the A1 and the A50 to Orpheus. For more information on accessibility, please visit our website.

No parking around Orpheus Theatre
On Sunday, February 3th, any vehicles parked around Orpheus Theatre and in the vicinity of the start/finish will be towed away. The police will also write parking tickets for illegal parking so that the neighbourhood is not disturbed. Participants from outside Apeldoorn are urged, where possible, to make use of the two park-and-ride facilities and shuttle buses and not to travel by private car to anywhere close to Loolaan. You will not be able to park in the Orpheus parking garage on this day.

Have your medal engraved with your great time
This year, you will again be able to have your medal engraved with your finish time. If you would like to take advantage of this, go to Orpheus on February 3th. The cost is € 8.

Everyone wants to run without having to stop: run to the right as much as possible
Some people run for social reasons, others for a fast result. We therefore ask that you keep to the right as much as possible to allow participants coming up behind to overtake on the left. We also ask that if you are running with a group please do not all run in a line as this will impede other runners.

Pacers during the Midwinter Marathon
Would you like help in achieving a target time? Runners from the athletics club AV’34 will act as pacemakers during the Mini-Marathon and the Asselronde. Pacers are experienced runners who are able to run at an even pace and try to get close to the target time indicated on the balloon.
They are recognisable by a yellow shirt bearing the word PACER and a white balloon wafting above their head. The target time is written on the balloon. It is also written on the orange race bib they are wearing. On 3 February, the pacers will be standing in the starting pen that corresponds to this time.

For the Acht van Apeldoorn (8 km) the target times will be: 48, 56, 1.04 minutes
For the Mini-Marathon (10 miles) the target times will be: 1.10, 1.20 en 1.30
For the Asselronde (25 km) the target times will be: 1.55, 2.05 , 2.15 en 2.25

The results will be available on Sunday from 6 p.m. at

Any questions?
If you still have questions after reading this newsletter, take a look at the frequently asked questions on our website.


The board and the 350 volunteers wish you every success with your preparations. See you on Sunday!