World famous 15km Road race better known as the NN Zevenheuvelenloop (Seven Hills Run) in Nijmegen has been cancelled due to rising COVID-19 cases in the Netherlands.
The organizers of the race where the world best times for both men and women were set, were ready to make a triumphant return on Sunday 21 November in Netherlands after a two-year hiatus, but were forced to cancel the race only yesterday.
“We really did everything we could to set up a safe NN Zevenheuvelenloop,” said Alexander Vandevelde the director of the Zevenheuvelenloop Foundation in a statement. “Our gratitude goes out to the municipality of Nijmegen for all their efforts and of course also to everyone who supported us until the last moment in our search for a safe edition. We sympathize with the disappointed runners who were looking forward to our fall classic.”
The NN Zevenheuvelenloop was founded in 1984 and has consistently been one of the world’s most competitive road races. Past champions include Ethiopia’s Haile Gebreselasie, Tirunesh Dibaba and Sileshi Sihene (three victories each); Kenya’s Tegla Loroupe (3 wins), and Scotland’s Liz McColgan (1 win).
Chepetegei stepped his first foot at the Nijmegen in 2015, where he was still a relatively unknown athlete when he won the very stormy edition and he went on to set the record and becoming Mr. Zevenheuvelen and the only athlete to win four times; the 2016, 2017 and the 2018 edition consecutively. He was scheduled to run this year’s race.