The Amsterdam marathon is the second oldest in the Netherlands and is well known for its fast and beautiful course. The highlight for many is finishing in the Olympic Stadium as thousands of spectators cheer every runner across the finish line. I took part in the Marathon in 2013. If you would like to have a look at my race report please click here.
The marathon, which starts at the Olympic Stadium begins with a 5 mile loop before leaving the city along the Amstel River towpath. Runners pass large stately homes and catch a glimpse of Ajex's football ground before crossing a bridge and heading back towards the city and the cheering crowds. The first part of the route is completed again in reverse before the triumphant finish in the Olympic Stadium.
The half marathon is a more urban route that doesn't take in the large section of the Amstel River.
I really enjoyed this race. The start and finish in the stadium was probably the highlight. Very fast course, enjoyed the few miles down the Amstel River. Not loads of support around the course but several music stations. Well organised. My friends who did the half said that was really good too. Will deffo go back!
Lovely flat course, much of it actually felt downhill to me! The start & finish in the stadium were brilliant. Also lots of support in Vondelpark & in town but less on the out and back by the river. The drinks were in cups rather than bottles so master the art of drinking from a cup whilst running before you go! Loved running through the museum. Fab medal & bright orange technical Tshirt at the end!