What is Ekiden?

New. The first Ekiden Business Run.
Set in the Kralingse Bos, with hundreds of runners in a leading role. Competing teams both from The Netherlands and abroad, a partying crowd afterwards… The Ekiden Business Run has all the ingredients to become a wonderful, new tradition in the #1 Sport City. Make sure you’re there right from the start and write the next chapter in history as the first, best running company in the Netherlands.

Ekiden. Japan’s largest sports event
Ekiden originated in the land of the rising sun. It’s a marathon relay. Teams consist of six runners who each run 5, 10, or 7.195 kilometres. Together they run the mythical 42 kilometres and 195 meters. In Japan, tens of thousands of companies and hundreds of thousands of employees run the Ekiden every year.

What is the Ekiden Business Run and why should your company take part?

The Ekiden Business Run is unlike any other marathon. It’s all about the teams and getting together. That’s why, after the starting short, the first runner quickly returns to the event site. Because that’s where the second runner is waiting. And the third, fourth, fifth and sixth. At the event site the entire day revolves around your team! And having a good time with the other teams. And about the music, the exchange and sportsmanship.
Everybody is able to take part in the Ekiden Business Run. Young, old, experienced runners and those just starting out. The only condition is that you have to register a company team consisting of six men and/or women. Subsequently, each team will get to decide for itself which runners will take on the 5 and 10 kilometres and which runner will run the final 7 kilometres and 195 meters.
Participation can start even today with an easy lap or light training. Then, in May we will be organising a clinic where you will be optimally prepared for the 5, 7+ or 10 kilometres, either individually or as a team. In this way, the Ekiden Business Run is not just a sports challenge that takes place on July 6, but can, if you like, start a lot sooner.
Running in a team, working on a team. The Ekiden Business Run is the perfect opportunity to get to know your colleagues better and strengthen the bond you have with them. By working out together and setting a goal, by breaking a sweat and running the marathon together. Naturally, you are able to participate, if you like, with one, two or even 42 teams.
Experience has taught us that a glass of wine tastes so much better after an achievement, and a glass of beer seems to taste better after winning a match. The Ekiden Business Run strives to find the perfect symbiosis between performance and fun. That’s why we will celebrate this sportive performance extensively by raising a glass together during an incredibly party, bringing the event to a festive close. Make sure you register your team today and go on to become the best running company in the Netherlands.



The registration fee is EUR 400 (excl. VAT). For your team of six this includes:

  • automatic time registration
  • start numbers
  • team photo
  • (marquee) tent incl. "furniture" as team accommodation
  • packed lunch
  • after-party (*)
  • food and drinks (*)
  • a running clinic (on May 15, 2013)
  • the exclusive Ekiden Business Run 2013 running shirt
  • publication of your name + logo on the website

We also offer the opportunity to follow the clinic on location or to work out with a "personal trainer", for a supplement fee.

(*) For 30 EUR per person (excl. VAT), supporters (non-runners) will also have access to this event.

Registration form

The button below will take you to the registration form. Unfortunately the information there is only available in Dutch. Please call us at +31 10 3400 664 if you need help filling in the form.

Within 7 days after registration you will receive the code to gain access to your personal registration page. You can enter the information of the runners of the registered teams on this page. Participants’ names can be entered and changed up to June 28.

The invoice for the registration fee will be sent to you within 4 weeks after registration. The payment term is 14 days. No later than two weeks prior to the Ekiden Business Run we will send you the information for participants.


Please contact Kirsten van Doorn for sponsoring opportunities: +31 10 3400 664 or Kirsten van Doorn.

Practical info

The Ekiden Business Run is organised in close collaboration with the track and field club PAC and will be held on the same day and at the same location as the Rotterdam Ekiden. Start and finish will take place on the track at the Sports centre “Het Langepad”. The relay of the runners will also take place on this track so that that the audience present will be able to take part in the experience. The 5 and 10-kilometer runners will run on the bicycle path along the Bosdreef to the farthest point and then turn back. The 10-kilometer runners will run this lap twice. The final runner will also run two laps but will turn back at an earlier point. The track is fast, smooth, asphalted and entirely free of traffic.


09:00 Opening of sports complex Langepad
09:30 – 10:30 Collect start numbers at the Ekiden Business Run booth
11:30 Team captains meeting
12:00 Start Ekiden Business Run
16:30 Prize ceremony
17:00 – 21.30 Afterparty Ekiden Business Run
22:00 Closing of sports complex Langepad


Sports complex Het Langepad
Langepad 16
3062 CJ Rotterdam

How to get here?

Public transportation

You can travel to Sports complex Het Langepad by public transport from Rotterdam Central Station.

  • Tram: line 7 direction Willemsplein/Nessendijk, stop Vlietlaan (+/-10 minute walk).
  • Bus: line 38 direction Crooswijk, stop Nieuw Crooswijkseweg (+/-10 minute walk).
  • Subway: Calandlijn direction Capelle a.d. IJssel/Nesselande/Ommoord, stop Gerdesiaweg (+/-10 minute walk).

For more information and travel times go to


Arriving from The Hague/Utrecht (A20):
Take the exit in the direction of Dordrecht (A16). You are now on the Rotterdam’s Oostelijke Ringweg. Follow the signs Capelle aan den Ijssel/Rotterdam Centrum and take exit 25. Now follow "All directions".

Arriving from Breda (A16):
Follow the signs Rotterdam Ring Oost in the direction of Capelle aan den IJssel/Rotterdam Centrum. Leave the highway at exit 25. Subsequently, follow the roundabout ¾ of the way round towards Brainpark/Centrum. Now follow "All directions".

All directions:
Keep to the right and take the first street on your right (signs "P+R 10/Brainpark"). You are now on the Kralingse Zoom and will pass the Erasmus University on the left. At the fourth set of traffic lights (intersection after approx. 1.5 km), take a left onto the Kralingseweg. After approx. 1 km go straight ahead at the roundabout. The Kralingse Plas will appear on the right. At the next intersection (after approx. 1.5 km), turn right onto the Langepad. The athletics track is on your left. Drive straight ahead until you get to the parking lot.


Please contact us in case you have any questions about the Ekiden Business Run.

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