Three different distances in three different countries
60 runners. 13 nations. 1 team. The NN Running Team’s strength in depth enables concurrent competition in running events across the globe. This Sunday 17th, the team take on the Dam tot Damloop*, Netherlands; the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon**, South Africa and the Copenhagen Half Marathon***, Denmark.
The Dam tot Damloop race originally dates back to 1959, with 1984 marking the official first edition. In 2009, the 25th anniversary count was an impressive 60,000 participants – the largest race event in the Netherlands at the time! This Sunday marks the 33rd edition of the 10 mile race. In 2016, the champions Edwin Kiptoo finished in 45min 25sec and Alice Aprot finished in 51min 59sec in the men’s and women’s race, respectively. Strong competition awaits for the NN Running Team!
The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is Africa’s only IAAF Gold label status marathon and is endorsed by the sporting greats of Elana Meyer and Francois Pienaar. Since 2007, world top athletes have competed in the spectacular backdrop of Cape Town’s stunning Table Mountain – one of the 7 wonders of the world! The 2016 men’s champion was Asefa Negewo, 2:08:41 and 2016 women’s champions was Tish Jones, 2:31:13. The NN Running Team will get plenty encouragement from live African music stations and will of course be powered by Beet It!
The Copenhagen Half Marathon is legitimately putting the WR (58min 23sec) to the test this year with James Mwangi Wangari of Kenya returning to defend his title (59min 7sec), which has been his main focus of 2017. Certainly tough competition for the NN Running Team!
There is a good reason the NN Running Team are training and competing on Beet It power. Since 2009, Beet It has been used by over 200 universities and research institutions worldwide to independently investigate the health and sport performance benefits of natural nitrate supplementation – you can view a list of research papers here. Numerous studies have shown concentrated beetroot juice can reduce the oxygen cost of exercise and increase time to exhaustion. Scientists regard 400mg (1x Beet It Sport shot) of dietary nitrate as the optimal daily dose, consumed up to 6 days prior to exercise – our dosing guideline can be found here.
We are very proud to be official partners of the NN Running Team, to provide our Beet It Sport products to support their world-class running team in races across the world. We wish them all the best of luck for Sunday and hope they all beet their personal bests! 😉
* NN Running Team Athletes competing: Birhanu Legese, Ivy Kibet, Mande Bushendich, Jiksa Tolosa, Fentahun Hunegnaw, Dibabe Kuma, Abera Kuma, Yenew Alamirew, Boneshi Tamene, Onesphore Nzikwinkunda, Leonard Langat, Ronald Kirui
** NN Running Team Athletes competing: Laban Mutai
*** NN Running Team Athletes competing: Moses Kurong, Desi Jisa, Abrar Osman, Yigrem Demelash