Things You Run Into

Singelloop Utrecht 2009
We went over to the shopping center (the Hoog Catharijne) yesterday to check out the sale going on at V&D. No luck, unfortunately. Then we headed across to the train station, to pick up a few odds and ends from the Albert Heijn To-Go store, which is located in the terminal. Being Sunday, it was one of the few shops open. The station is connected to the Hoog Catharijne via a skywalk of sorts that looks down over the Catharijnebaan highway and out toward the Vredenburg music/theater center. As we were walking across and looking out, we realized there was some sort of race/marathon taking place. It turns out the start/finish line was nearby on the Catharijnesingel/baan, so we were seeing the beginning of it all.

As we walked back through the Hoog Catharijne — which is massive, by the way — and then out across the Vredenburg square where the outdoor market is held, we eventually made it back to the main street running through town. The racers had made it that far and were still coming. Considering our leisurely walk from the station to that point, it gave us an idea of just how many people were participating.
They Keep Coming

We stuck around for five or ten minutes until just about all of the runners had passed. Moving on, we soon came across the 1 kilometer marker. Only nine more to go!
Marker

They still had quite a ways to go, though. You can see the map of the route they took here. It was the 59th running of the Singelloop Utrecht, and this year was won by a Kenyan, Leonard Komon, with a time of 27 minutes 10 seconds.
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4 thoughts on “Things You Run Into

  1. Well, no luck at the V&D sale but you actually made very nice shots of the marathon through Utrecht.
    Good to hear that you have at least some shops open there on Sundays! I wish we did too, here in Zwolle!
    Cheers!

    • Thank you! Sadly, we don’t usually have shops open here on Sunday. The V&D sale was a unique one. It reminded me how much I miss being able to go to the shops on Sunday, though! One of our regular AH stores recently started opening on Sundays at 4 p.m., which is a relief. Now we don’t have to remember to do all of our shopping on Saturday. But I still wish they opened earlier. 😉

  2. That’s great – I wish we had at least one supermarket open here on Sundays! I hate that you don’t have anywhere to rush to on Sundays if you have unexpected visitors or decide to cook something special and you need stuff you don’t normally have in your pantry. I guess that nothing should happen unexpectedly here in Holland! :o)

  3. Wow, those people make me feel a little guilty. Running on a Sunday. I can hardly get out of my pajamas on a Sunday… But great going for them 🙂

    I was at my mother-in-law’s on Sunday. She accidentally spilled the ground coffee all over the floor when opening a new package, and as I helped her sweep it up she said she’d go to the grocery store to get more. I was shocked to hear one supermarket near her is open for 3 hours on Sundays. She lives on the east side of the Netherlands, so this shows me a sign of some progress. I like the slow Sundays more each year, but it will be interesting to see how much more it’s changed here in 10 years from now.

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