Letterenloop 2010

Today was the Letterenloop in Haarlem.  No, I didn’t run.  I was the supporter this time.  Above is the group I supported.  They all did very well!

The Letterenloop is a run for/by/sponsored by – writers, journalists, libraries and librarians, artists and such folk.  Here’s a quote from their web site:

De Letterenloop staat voor hardlopen met schrijvers, journalisten, cabaretiers, mensen uit het boekenvak, lezers en andere enthousiaste lopers. Met de Letterenloop wordt geld opgehaald voorStichting Run4Schools, een Nederlandse organisatie, die met behulp van sport kinderen in het township Mitchell’s Plain bij Kaapstad behoedt voor criminaliteit en prostitutie. De Letterenloop is een initiatief van Bram Bakker en Inge Happé.

There were about 1,700 runners today and it started and ended from the ice-rink on the outskirts of Haarlem.  There was a kids race, a 5km and a 10km.  DB and his friends ran the 5km race.  He did really well, coming in at 26:06. Here’s the “after” photo:

I have more photos on Flickr if you are interested in what the atmosphere was like.  Apparently there was a lot of famous Dutch people running, but of course I don’t recognize them.  If you point out Thomas Acda to me, I wouldn’t know him, but he ran past DB today.  There were other famous names thrown around, but I don’t know them.  I’m not THAT “ingeburgered”.

Actually, I DID run today.  This morning before we headed to the event I did (2 min run; 2 min walk) x 8 times.  I was really happy with that!  My knee felt good and it went really well.  Tuesday night I’ll do the same again.  Then after that I’ll try 2 min run and 1 min walk.  My goal is to be up to 5 km running, without stopping, easily and comfortably, by the end of the summer.  If things continue the way they are, I should make it.

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