10. Amsterdam Marathon
The Amsterdam Marathon has been run continuously since the late 1970s, but it is only in the last few years that it has earned a reputation to match that of the city. By the standards of the other events in this listing, it is still a small, intimate affair – with just over 2000 runners. The vast majority are foreign runners, attracted by the undeniable charms of the city and an increasingly swift course. Although the city is strongly behind the race and everything runs smoothly, the Amsterdam public have yet to take it to heart, either as runners or spectators.
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Hear, hear. I'd go along with Shuff Buffalo in recommending this race. An excellent, pancake-flat course that takes you thro some lovely areas of the city. Fantastic organisation, an Olympic stadium start and finish, and easy/cheap to get to if you live near an airport that has budget airlines. I'm certainly considering doing it again next year.
We stayed in the Hem hotel which is a very nice 3* hotel about 10/15mins walk from the start and only 10mins by tram from the centre. We paid 10 euros each for 3 days unlimited travel on public transport, and even ended up hiring bikes for a day.
We had perfect conditions for the time of year (12/13degrees, clear-blue skies, no wind) and this helped many people to achieve p.b.'s (I missed mine by 3mins). In short well worth considering.
I am doing it this year, well in a few days! Training all sorted, holiday booked. Hoping for a good time. Will let you know.
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