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Maarten van der Weijden Foundation

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June 2019 nearly 200 km Elfstedentocht Swim course by Maarten van der Weijden
The feet of Maarten van der Weijden showing the wet-wrinkling response after swimming 163 km on a cancer research charity swim along the 11 cities of the Elfstedentocht in his native Netherlands in August 2018
Maarten van der Weijden swimming along the 11 cities of the Elfstedentocht

The Maarten van der Weijden Foundation or the Maarten van der Weijden - MVDW Foundation is a non-profit organization established and run by 2008 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim gold medalist and leukemia survivor Maarten van der Weijden of the Netherlands. Its mission is to raise money for cancer research with the goal to rid cancer of the world.

Charity Events[edit]

Elfstedentocht Course[edit]

Maarten van der Weijden followed the Elfstedentocht course (English: Eleven cities tour), a famed long-distance tour skating event, almost 200 km long, which is held both as a speed skating competition (with 300 contestants) and a leisure tour (with 16,000 skaters). It is held in the province of Friesland in the north of the Netherlands, leading past all 11 historical cities of the province. The tour is held at most once a year, only when the natural ice along the entire course is at least 15 cm 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. Maarten swam the Eleven Cities Swim, almost 200 km in length, along the canals, rivers and lakes visiting the eleven historic Frisian towns: starting in Leeuwarden, Sneek, IJlst, Sloten, Stavoren, Hindeloopen, Workum, Bolsward, Harlingen, Franeker, Dokkum, then returning to the Bonkevaart near Leeuwarden for the finish.

2021 World Open Water Swimming Product or Service of the Year Nominees and Winners[edit]

The Maarten van der Weijden Foundation was nominated for the 2021 World Open Water Swimming Product or Service of the Year Award. The winners and nominees included:

Winner: Aloo of Mexico
First Runner-up: La Morada Club of Argentina
Second Runner-up: Oceans Seven: How I Cheated Death And Broke The Hardest Record In Swimming
4. Radikal Swim Swimming Club of Spain
5. We Swim Wild of Great Britain
6. Hammer Head Swim Caps of USA
7. Safe Sea of Israel
8. Against The Current of USA
9. Ask Me Why I’m Stood Here: A Bristol Channel Swim Tale of Great Britain
10. Ocean Walker Academy & Wellbeing Centre of Great Britain
11. Bruckner Chase Ocean Positive of USA
12. Maarten van der Weijden Foundation of the Netherlands
13. Freedom Swimmer of China-Hong Kong
14. Amphibia Dry Mat of Ireland
15. The Swim Reaper of New Zealand
16. Open Water Swim Traverse of Lebanon
17. Goa Open Water Swimming Club of India

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