Sunday March 8th, 2020
the Hague, Netherlands
Distance: Half Marathon · 10K · 5K
The City-Pier-City Half Marathon (NN CPC Loop Den Haag) was first held in 1975 and featured a 14.5km course. This was extended to the half marathon distance the following year. The competition has been used as the Dutch half marathon championships on a number of occasions.
The course is a relatively flat one, which lends itself to fast times for athletes. A former men's half marathon world record of 58:33 minutes was set at this race by Sanyek Wanjiru in 2007. This remains the men's course record, while Tegla Loroupe is the women's course record holder with her run of 1:07:32 hours from 1998.
2019 RACE CANCELED
The NN CPC Loop Den Haag has been canceled! While running under these extreme weather conditions, we can’t guarantee the safety of 41,000 participants. There is too much and too strong wind, wind force 7 and some wind gusts up to 100 km per hour. In combination with very bad weather and a low temperature there is an irresponsible situation at the Malieveld and the course. We regret this as much as you, because we were also looking forward to this 45th edition of the NN CPC Loop Den Haag. After consultation with the mayor and emergency and security services
we decided to canceled the NN CPC Loop Den Haag.
A setback for everyone who is looking forward to it, but the safety of the runners, volunteers, spectators and other people involved is our main priority.
Our main request: please, do not come to the Malieveld.
The rich history of the NN CPC Run The Hague started on April 12,1975 with an official race of 15kilometers that started on the Lange Voorhout and finished in the Prinsenstraat. The Dutch elite athlete Henk Kalf won in 42.53 (when the course was measured again it was found to be 500meters too short). In 1976 the distance of the NN CPC Run The Hague was increased to the half marathon (21.1 km). Female participants took part on 29 March 1980 for the first time. Marja Wokke was the first winner.
In the early years of The Hague's biggest sporting event the roll of honor saw mostly Dutch runners. Besides Henk Kalf, who won the first edition, Cor Lambregts from Limburg won in 1983. Marti ten Kate celebrated four times in a row: in 1987, '88, '89 and '90. Carla Beurskens also won four times ('84, '85, '86 en '90). From 1991 the highest places on the medal podium were reserved for participants from abroad. The Kenyans are the best represented. Some very big names appear in the list of winners.
Benson Masya was the course record holder with his 1.00.24 from 1993. In 2007 Samuel Wanjiru surpassed that achievement by a wide margin. The young Kenyan athlete finished, on a course that has been improved upon over the years, in a world record time of 58.33. Among the women the course record belongs to Lornah Kiplagat, who now is a Dutch national, with 1.06.56 (2006).