The first race was held in 1996, with 325 runners. During the last race, a total of more than 3,000 competitors crossed the finish line.
The Montferland Run is one of the fastest 15 km races in the world. Many top national and international athletes have competed in ’s-Heerenberg, including: Abdi Nageeye, Koen Naert, Khalid Khannouchi, Reuben Kosgei, Richard Limo, Kenenisa Bekele, Abel Kirui, Geoffrey Mutai, Wilson Kipsang, Stephen Kiprotich, Dennis Kimetto, Constantina Dita, Edna Kiplagat, Rose Chelimo, Lornah Kiplagat, Meseret Defar and of course Haile Gebrselassie and Paula Radcliffe.