Elfstedentocht

The Elfstedentocht (West Frisian: Âlvestêdetocht, English: Eleven cities tour), at almost 200 kilometres (120 mi), is a speed skating match (with 200 contestants) and a leisure skating tour (with 16,000 skaters). It is held in the province of Friesland in the north of the Netherlands, touching each and every city (by history) of the province. It is held, in practice in January or February and not more than once in a year, when the natural ice along the entire course is at least 15 centimetres (6 in) thick; sometimes on consecutive years, other times with gaps that may exceed 20 years. When the ice is suitable the tour is announced, and starts within 48 hours.

Read more about Elfstedentocht:  Course and Rules, Planning and Publicity, History, Winners, The Eleven Cities, Fietselfstedentocht (Eleven Cities By Bicycle)

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Speed Skating (disambiguation) - History - Elfstedentocht
... The Elfstedentocht was organized as a competition in 1909 and has been held at irregular intervals, whenever the ice on the course is deemed good enough ... The Elfstedentocht has been held 15 times in the nearly 100 years since 1909, and, before artificial ice was available in 1962, national championships had ... to still be able to skate marathons on natural ice became the Alternative Elfstedentocht ...
Elfstedentocht - Fietselfstedentocht (Eleven Cities By Bicycle)
... The tour, which starts and ends in Bolsward rather than Leeuwarden, is currently limited to 15,000 entrants ... Between 0500 and 0800, entrants leave Bolsward every eight minutes in batches of about 600 and those who complete the 240 km course before midnight receive medals ...
Jan Maarten Heideman
... speed skating champion three times and won the Alternative Elfstedentocht in Finland twice ... In 1997 he was the first and until today the only skater who skated the Elfstedentocht on clap skates. 450 speed skaters showing up in the weekend the Alternative Elfstedentocht was skated in 2004 ...
Bartlehiem - Elfstedentocht
... Bartlehiem is especially well-known due to the Elfstedentocht for ice skaters, who have to pass through the hamlet twice ... Due to this, Bartlehiem is the only place where a spectator can see Elfstedentocht-participants from three directions ...
Aart Koopmans
... winter speed skating marathon organisation and founder of the Alternative Elfstedentocht ... Koopmans, born in Amsterdam, organised his first Alternative Elfstedentocht in 1975 in Finland due to the winters in the Netherlands being too warm to skate 200 km in open air on ice ... In 2007 the first Alternative Elfstedentocht in Mongolia will be held ...