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.