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THE HAGUE -The NN CPC Run The Hague has been canceled. The organization does not consider it justified to have more than 41,000 runners start under the stormy weather conditions.
The organization announced on Saturday night that the course was going on for the time being, but in the end the strong wind decided to cancel the course, according to a spokesman.
"The wind force is increasing to 7 with gusts up to 100 km per hour. Because of the very bad weather, the temperature of the feeling can drop to the freezing point, which creates an unsafe situation on the course and the Malieveld for both runners and the public."
After consultation with the mayor and emergency services, the organization has taken the decision to cancel the event. The organization says it regrets the measure.
"We, too, have been looking forward to this 45th edition of the NN CPC Run The Hague. A setback for everyone who is looking forward to it, but the safety of the runners, volunteers, spectators and other people involved is always at the forefront of the NN CPC course in The Hague."
The organization calls on people not to come to the Malieveld. The organization does not yet want to make any statements about what happens to the registration fee and any alternative course at another time.
"We'll come back to that later." Reaction Krikke Mayor Pauline Krikke calls it 'unfortunate' for the more than 41,000 enthusiastic runners that CPC can not continue.
"A cheerful sporting event, one of the biggest events in our city every year." The mayor was at the Malieveld on Sunday morning around half past seven to view the weather conditions with the organization and relief workers.
She shows understanding for the choice not to let the run go: "No matter how beautiful the event is and no matter how much I give the runners their game, the safety of the participants is always paramount."(03/10/2019) ⚡AMP
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