It started as a dream...
Back in 2003, on the initiative of Venloop board member Erik Schnock, 62 people commenced training for the 2004 New York marathon. It primarily concerned novice runners who wished to run together to raise € 42,195 for two charities. One euro per metre. One year of hard training, having fun with each other and share the struggle when training for a marathon, the marathon, creates a bond. Therefore the experience in New York was simply unforgettable.
On the way back to the Netherlands the idea was born– create such a fantastic event in Venlo with a great atmosphere and sports manship for as many people as possible. A mini New York.
Shortly afterwards the Venlo-Loopstad.com Foundation was set up and preparations started. The objective of this foundation was and is to promote running to a wide public. By organising a well-organised running event with a great atmosphere with various distances where many people could participate.