Europride 2016 Amsterdam – a selection of sports activities

Europride contains various sports events. You can choose from a variety of sports, including self-defense, workouts, track and field, handball, waterpolo, squash, running, tennis, swimming, hockey and bridge.

Info about ALL sports activities is on, under Events. Use the Filter button to select the type of events you want.

It is summer, so we list three outdoor activities that stand out:

1.Self defense
Violence against LGBT’s still exists. Even in Amsterdam, which is known for its tolerant atmosphere, we meet with negative reactions to evidently gay behaviour, such as kissing and holding hands, or cross-dressing.

It is therefore a good idea to learn something about self defense.

On July 23 there is a workshop where you learn to recognize escalating situations and to de-escalate. The workshop is based on Krav Maga. It is easy to learn, and no knowledge of martial arts is required.

Date: July 23
Time: 12am – 5pm. Max. 20 persons can participate (for free),  duration 20 minutes, every hour on the hour.
Location: Vondelpark, next to the cafe ‘Blauwe Theehuis’.

Krav Maga, self-defense by Tijgertje
Krav Maga, self-defense by Tijgertje

2.Pride Run
On August 5 (a day before the Canal Parade) there will be the Pride Run. You can choose from various distances: 5 or 10 km, or half a marathon. Or you can be part of the audience, cheering on the runners. This is a popular event with a great atmosphere!

The start is in Amsterdam East, at Sporthal ‘Zeeburg’.


Pre-registration for the Pride Run is open until August 2.

The pre-registration fee is E 5,- for the 5 km run, E 6,- for 10 km and E 7,- for the half marathon. If you register after August 2, you should add E 2,- (every distance).

You can send the registration money to bank account NL28INGB0007737497, in the name of DGLA Roze Loop.

Date: August 5
Time: 7.30 pm
Location: Sporthal Zeeburg, Insulindeweg 1001,
Getting there: tram 7 or 14, to the end of the line, Flevopark (takes about 15-20 minutes from the City Centre).
E-mail for enquiries:  rozeloop<at>dgla<dot>nl

Pride Run 2016
Pride Run 2016

3. Love Swim

On Friday the 5th of August, LoveSwim will organize a swimming festival in the Amstel River. From 4:30pm until 9:00pm  swimmers from the Netherlands and all around the world will join each other in a sportive open-water swimming festival. And this is not just some body of open water; you will be swimming in the Amstel River from which the city of Amsterdam has originated.
Since our Queen Maxima swam in the Amstel river it’s been royally approved.

You can find all information you need (also in English) on the website

Date: August 5
Time: 4.30 pm until 9pm. (to register you must show up at least half an hour before)
Location: river Amstel, Roeicentrum Berlagebrug,

LoveSwim 2016, in the Amstel River
LoveSwim 2016, in the Amstel River

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