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LocationNijmegen, Netherlands
Event typeCross country
Primary sponsorNN
Course recordsMen: 41:05 (2018)
Uganda Joshua Cheptegei
Women: 46:29 (2009)
Ethiopia Tirunesh Dibaba
Official siteZevenheuvelenloop
Participants40,886 (2018)
An advertisement for the 2007 race

Zevenheuvelenloop (Seven Hills Run in English) is an annual 15 kilometres road running race held in Nijmegen, Netherlands. It was first organised in 1984 and has grown to be one of the largest road races in the Netherlands;[1] it attracted over 30,000 runners in 2008.[2]


The inaugural edition of the race in 1984 featured only an 11.9 kilometre course as the Dutch athletics federation (Koninklijke Nederlandse Atletiek Unie) would not allow new races to be longer than 12 km.[3] The current undulating, hilly course begins in Nijmegen, follows a path to Groesbeek and then loops back towards Nijmegen to the finish line.[1] Zevenheuvelenloop lends itself to fast times: Felix Limo broke the men's world record in 2001 and, at the 2009 edition, Tirunesh Dibaba broke the women's world record over 15 km.[4][5] In 2010, Leonard Komon improved Limo's still-standing World Record by running 41:13.[6] In 2017, Joshua Cheptegei won the Zevenheuvelenloop in 41:16, making it the world's second fastest 15 km.[7]

A number of athletes have achieved victory at the Zevenheuvelenloop on multiple occasions; Tonnie Dirks, Tegla Loroupe, Mestawet Tufa, Sileshi Sihine, Haile Gebrselassie, and Joshua Cheptegei have each won the race three times. The 2002 winner, South African Irvette Van Blerk, won the race at the age of fifteen, having entered the race while holidaying in the Netherlands. The race was used as the test event for the development of the ChampionChip personal RFID timing system.[8]


Haile Gebrselassie first won in 1994 and won for a third time in 2011.
Kenya's Tegla Loroupe won the race three times in the 1990s.

Key:   Course record

Edition Year Men's winner Time
Women's winner Time
35th 2018  Joshua Cheptegei (UGA) 41:05 WR  Stella Chesang (UGA) 47:19
34th 2017  Joshua Cheptegei (UGA) 41:16  Birke Debele (ETH) 48:52
33rd 2016  Joshua Cheptegei (UGA) 42:08  Susan Krumins (NED) 49:30
32nd 2015  Joshua Cheptegei (UGA) 42:39  Yenenesh Tilahun (ETH) 50:05
31st 2014  Abera Kuma (ETH) 42:18  Priscah Jeptoo (KEN) 46:56
30th 2013  Leonard Komon (KEN) 42:15  Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH) 48:43
29th 2012  Nicholas Kipkemboi (KEN) 42:01  Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH) 47:08
28th 2011[9]  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 42:44  Waganesh Mekasha (ETH) 48:33
27th 2010  Leonard Komon (KEN) 41:13 WR  Genet Getaneh (ETH) 47:53
26th 2009  Sileshi Sihine (ETH) 42:14  Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH) 46:29 WR
25th 2008  Ayele Abshero (ETH) 42:17  Mestawet Tufa (ETH) 46:57
24th 2007  Sileshi Sihine (ETH) 42:24  Bezunesh Bekele (ETH) 47:36
23rd 2006  Micah Kogo (KEN) 42:42  Mestawet Tufa (ETH) 47:22
22nd 2005  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 41:56  Berhane Adere (ETH) 47:46
21st 2004  Sileshi Sihine (ETH) 41:38  Lydia Cheromei (KEN) 47:02
20th 2003  Richard Yatich (KEN) 42:43  Mestawet Tufa (ETH) 49:06
19th 2002  Kamiel Maase (NED) 43:41  Irvette van Blerk (RSA) 51:06
18th 2001  Felix Limo (KEN) 41:29 WR  Rose Cheruiyot (KEN) 48:40
17th 2000  Felix Limo (KEN) 42:53  Berhane Adere (ETH) 48:06
16th 1999  Mohammed Mourhit (BEL) 43:30  Lyubov Morgunova (RUS) 49:45
15th 1998  Worku Bikila (ETH) 42:24  Tegla Loroupe (KEN) 50:06
14th 1997  Worku Bikila (ETH) 42:20  Catherina McKiernan (IRL) 48:30
13th 1996  Josephat Machuka (KEN) 43:06  Marleen Renders (BEL) 50:09
12th 1995  Josephat Machuka (KEN) 42:23  Hellen Kimaiyo (KEN) 49:44
11th 1994  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 43:00  Liz McColgan (GBR) 49:56
10th 1993  Khalid Skah (MAR) 43:35  Tegla Loroupe (KEN) 50:06
9th 1992  Carl Thackery (GBR) 43:54  Tegla Loroupe (KEN) 50:53
8th 1991  Tonnie Dirks (NED) 44:09  Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) 48:46
7th 1990  Tonnie Dirks (NED) 44:53  Carla Beurskens (NED) 52:06
6th 1989  Tonnie Dirks (NED) 43:31  Carla Beurskens (NED) 50:36
5th 1988  Robin Bergstrand (GBR) 46:20  Marianne van de Linde (NED) 52:53
4th 1987  Marti ten Kate (NED) 45:11  Gerrie Timmermans (NED) 57:16
3rd 1986  Sam Carey (GBR) 46:2  Denise Verhaert (BEL) 53:33
2nd 1985  Klaas Lok (NED) 45:28  Joke Menkveld (NED) 57:28
1st 1984  Leon Wijers (NED) 36:55  Anne Rindt (NED) 45:48



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