Maarten van der Weijden collected more than 89,000 euros with her own triathlon on Saturday. The proceeds from the campaign will go to a research project aimed at providing better care for people with incurable cancer.
Van der Weijden started at 8 a.m. with a 3.8 kilometer long bath. He then rode 180 kilometers on an exercise bike and 42.2 kilometers on a treadmill. “Pretty hard,” said Van der Weijden after his first triathlon. “Today was about what can be done. It wasn’t a big mass event, it was a live stream. I couldn’t make it under nine, which I actually dreamed of. It was just a little slower and that’s okay. “
In addition to Maarten van der Weijden, another 161 individual athletes took part in the campaign at home. “I gave everything today, along with 161 athletes who have raised money in their own field,” said the Olympic champion. “I am very proud of all the people and volunteers who made this possible. Thank you all.”
“Every year 100,000 people in the Netherlands are diagnosed with cancer. 40,000 of them are not fortunate enough to recover from it. Palliative care is very important to them. We raised the money for it. “After the finish, the action counter was 86,694 euros. Van der Weijden called this “crazy”, but the number of donations continues to flow.