Sunday October 6th, 2019
The competition, which roughly translates as the Utrecht Canal Run, was initiated by Nico Munzert and had its first edition on May 30.1925. The race, which followed the banks of Utrecht's canals over a 4700-meter-long course, had garnered over 100 participants by 1931, but the crowds of spectators were much larger with over 75,000 people gathering to witness the event.
The length of the race was extended in 1937, but the event suffered interruption in this period, being absent between 1940 and 1946 due to World War II and undergoing cancellations in 1950 and 1955. The 25th edition of the race was held in 1956.
The current course for the Singelloop has a singular clock-wise loop format within the city, which begins near Lepelenburg Park, passes along Utrecht's canals, then finishes near Wilhelminapark.
The course records are very impressive:
26:44 WR 2010 Leonard Komon (KEN)
31:20 2013 Joyce Chepkirui (KEN)