Maarten van der Weijden 600km in the Eleven Cities Triathlon Raised Funds for Cancer Research

Maarten van der Weijden 600km in the Eleven Cities Triathlon Raised Funds for Cancer Research

Maarten van der Weijden, a 36-year-old Dutch long distance and marathon swimmer from Haastrecht, Netherlands accomplished an exceptional feat by completing the Eleven Cities Triathlon on Sunday morning, June 25, 2023.

From June 18 to 25, 2023, Maarten undertook the challenging Eleven Cities Triathlon which involved consecutive segments of swimming, cycling, and walking, covering a remarkable distance of six hundred kilometers with minimal rest. The purpose behind this demanding journey was to support the crucial cause of cancer research.

Maarten van der Weijden has earned widespread recognition as the only leukemia cancer survivor to win an Olympic gold medal. His extraordinary accomplishments led to his induction into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honour Swimmer in the Class of 2011. At the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games he won the gold medal in the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim. Maarten has become an emblem of hope and inspiration for cancer patients and survivors around the world.

During a poignant moment, Maarten addressed his dear friend Sebastiaan, who is courageously battling cancer, stating, “This week, we embraced life while confronting the shadows head-on.” Elske DeWall sang the moving song “Hold on, hold on!”—a song that holds special significance for Maarten.

It was reported he has now almost raised 1.9 million euros. This amount will be doubled by main sponsor Reggeborgh, so that more than 3.7 million euros will be donated.

In De Telegraaf, Maarten said, “I actually feel fine. That was partly due to all the support along the way and the stories he heard, that kept me going.”

Let us continue to celebrate life and unite in the ongoing fight against cancer.

Maarten van der Weijden Foundation

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