42.2 Kilometers 595 D+
2x 21.1 Kilometers 400 - 195 D+
Relay race Kilometers 150 - 250 - 129 - 66 D+

The Heuvelland Marathon will take you from the highest point in the Netherlands to Maastricht.

The course of this nature marathon is mostly on unpaved paths, but it is not a trail run. There are a some hills which give the marathon a total of 595 d+. The start is at 324m and the finish is at 42m. So most of the course is downhill. The hilly course makes it more difficult than most marathons, but also a lot more beautiful than most marathons. The course takes you through the beautiful landscape of Limburg and it’s pictureseque villages.

Besides the full marathon, it is possible to run the marathon in a team of 2 or 4 persons.

Results 2023

Main partner


Sunday 17 March 2024

The timetable below is subject to change.

Busses are at the finish in Maastricht
8:00 - 8:30
Warderobe open
Busses depart to the start in Vaals
9:00 - 10:00
Pick up Bib numbers at the start
9:00 - 10:00
Hand in dropbag at the start
Start all participants
Awards ceremony
Course closed


Registration will open on September 1st. Early bird registration is possible until 31 December 2023. In case the event is not sold out on February 18th, last  minute registration possible from Frebuary 20th until 15th of March.


1 September - 31 December
€ 49
1 January - 18 February
€ 60
20 February - 15 March
€ 65

Registration prices are excluding service fees of the registration module.


1 September - 31 December
€ 69
1 January - 18 February
€ 85
20 February - 15 March

Registration prices are excluding service fees of the registration module.

The exchange point is halfway through the course in Landsrade (Landsrade 3, Gulpen). Transportation to this point has to be arranged by the participants themselves.

Relay team of 4 persons

1 September - 31 December
€ 99
1 January - 18 February
€ 120
20 February - 15 March
€ 140

Registration prices are excluding service fees of the registration module.

Location exchange points: Cuba Libre (Aan de Boom 7, Vijlen), Landsrade (Landsrade 3, Gulpen) and Margraten (Zangerijweg, Margraten).

Stage 1 is 10km.
Stage 2 is 11,1km.
Stage 3 is 12,7km.
Stage 4 is 8,4km.

Transportation to exchange points has to be arranged by participants themselves.

Optional with you registration

  • A t-shirt of the Heuvelland Marathon. This is a fully sublimated running t-shirt. Price is € 19,50. (Can be collected at the finish before or after the race)(Example of 2022, design 2024 will be revealed a.s.a.p.)
  • Bus transportation from finish to the start
    • Only before the race
    • The bus does not go the the exchange points


Terms and conditions Heuvelland Marathon (in Dutch)


Bib numbers

  • Registrations before February 18th
    • Participants living in the Netherlands or Belgium
      The start numbers will be sent by post after the registration has been closed to the address provided at the time of registration.
    • Participants living in other countries
      The bib numbers of participants who do not live in the Netherlands or Belgium can be collected at the start on race day.
  • Registrations after February 18th
    • Bib numbers can be collected at the start. If you ordered a bus ticket, you will receive this via e-mail

The timing chip is on the back of the start number, so do not fold the bib number.

T-shirts that may have been ordered will not be sent, but can be picked up in Maastricht before or after the race.


In Vaals you can park in the parking lot of the three-country point (Viergrensweg, 6291 BM Vaals). This costs € 2.50 per day.

In Maastricht you can park in the parking lot of Geusselt Sportpark (Vijfkamp, Maastricht). This is for free.


There is a guarded wardrobe at the finish. Here it is possible to hand in one bag per participant. Loose objects and/or multiple bags are not accepted.

Transportation to the start

Because the start is at the three-country point in Vaals and the finish in Maastricht, there is the possibility to travel by bus from Maastricht to Vaals (only for participants and only to the start, not to the relaystarts). This is also possible with your own transport. Transport by bus can be booked when registering and costs € 6,-.

The busses will leave in front of the Geusselt Sportpark.


At the start there is the possibility to hand in a dropbag to the organization. The bag is intended to put in a jacket or sweater before the start. The organization will provide the plastic bags at the start. Your bib number has a dropbag label to attach to your bag, so we know it’s yours.

Pay attention! The bags are regular plastic bags with limited volume (60cm x 40cm). The organization will transport the bags to the finish where they can be collected afterwards upon presentation of  your bib number.

Larger bags can be stored in the guarded wardrobe in Maastricht before the departure of the buses or in your own car.

Bib numbers Duos and Teams

Duos and Teams will receive one bib number with a bib number belt. This way the number can be easily passed on to the next runner.

You can get this belt at the start in Vaals.

Aid stations

There are 6 aid stations on the course and 1 at the finish.


 Cuba Libre 10km
 Epen 16,4km Only water and Sports drink
 Landsrade 21,1km
 Zeute Aardbei 26,3km Only water and Sports drink
 Margraten 33,8km
 Bemelen 38,1km Only water and Sports drink
 Finish 42,2km


The other service stations are equipped with:

  • Water
  • Tailwind Nutrition sports drink
  • Cola
  • Bananas
  • Oranges
  • Tucs
  • Wine gums


This trail is organised by nature lovers. We get the opportunity to organise events in these beautiful nature reserves with the compliance of several nature organisations. We expect from all participants that they do not leave behind any trash. Take it with you and drop it at the aidstations or at the finish.

Participants who consciously leave behind any waste will be disqualified!

Parking relay teams

Wisselpunt 1 – Cuba Libre
Only for teams of 4. Parking at Hilleshagerweg 2 or Pastorijweg 13, Vijlen.

Wisselpunt 2 – Landsrade
Parking at Landsrade 9, Gulpen (Bungalowpark Landsrade)

Wisselpunt 3 – Margraten
Only for teams of 4. Parking at the small dirtroad at the junction of Trichterweg/Zangerijweg, Margraten.


Support is welcome. But keep in mind there will be some single tracks, hard to reach places and not so much parking places. Therefore we selected some places for supporters to watch the event. Please do not go to the relay point in Landsrade and Margraten, so there will be enough parking spaces for participants over there.


  • 0km on the course
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Enough parking places, costs €2,50 (Viergrenzenweg 97, Vaals)
  • Location on Google Maps


  • 5,6km on the course
  • Enough parking places (Epenerbaan, from the Rugweg go left to Epenerbaan and go left after 50m)
  • Location on Google Maps

Cuba Libre

  • 10km on the course
  • Aid station and relay point for participants
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Enough parking places (You can park at Hilleshagerweg 2 and Pastorijweg 13, Vijlen)
  • Location on Google Maps

Hotel Krijtland

  • 16,9km on the course
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Enough parking places (Park at Julianastraat 22, 6285 AJ Epen)
  • Location on Google Maps


  • 19,5km on the course
  • Quiet location
  • Parking possible at Dal Bissenweg 5, 6281 NC Mechelen
  • Location on Google Maps

De Zeute Aardbei

  • 26,3km on the course
  • Waterpost voor deelnemers
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Parkeren kan op Provincialeweg 5A, 6255 NV Noorbeek
  • Location on Google Maps


  • 38,1km on the course
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Voldoende parkeergelegenheid (Oude Akerstraat 52, 6268 NE Bemelen)
  • Location on Google Maps


  • 42,2km on the course
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Parkeren kan op Vijfkamp 1, 6225 XX Maastricht
  • Location on Google Maps

Cut off time

There is a cut off time of 6,5 hours. This means you have to run at least 6.5 km/hour. After this time the traffic controllers will be gone and aid stations will be cleared. Route markers will also be removed. The cut off time per aid station is:

 Cuba Libre 11:30h (10km)
 Landsrade 13:20h (21,1km)
 Margraten 15:10h (33,8km)
 Finish 16:30h (42,2km)

Changing rooms and showers

The are changing rooms and showers available at the finish in Maastricht after the race.

There are no changing rooms at the start.

Which shoes to use

What shoes do you use for a nature marathon?
The course is both paved (30%) and unpaved (70%). The second half is the hardest with the most altitude meters. There are also occasionally rougher paths, but in general the unpaved paths are wide and passable. In dry weather it would suffice to use your ‘regular’ running shoes which you also wear on the road. In wet weather, the unpaved paths can of course become quite muddy and profile soles are advised. In the previous editions, trail shoes were preferred by most participants.


Each participant who reaches the finish will receive a finisher medal. For duos and teams all team members will receive their own medal.

Did you participate in 2023 and do you want to complete you medal? Choose medal option A when you register (as long as supply lasts).


1e – 2e – 3e place male
1e – 2e – 3e place female

1e – 2e – 3e place male duos
1e – 2e – 3e place mixed duos
1e – 2e – 3e place female duos

1e – 2e – 3e place teams

Course and GPX

Click on the image above to go to afstandmeten.nl and click on ‘Export’ on the left to download the GPX.

Results 2023

Results 2023

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