Did Amsterdam in 2012 and I found the race to be well organized, with a flat, fast course. Support was good in and around the olympic stadium but almost non existent along the river and in the following industrial estate.
According to their Facebook page over 10 000 had signed up two weeks ago so don´t hesitate too long if you want to do it. Personally I´ll do Warsaw this autmn but I can recommend Amsterdam.
Congratulations Scalesy and good job by MandM and Fido2Dogs as well. I posted in the other Rome marathon thread but in summary I met my goal of a sub 3.40 race (3.38.04 official time) and was pleased with the marathon, although the organization left some things to be desired. But after all it´s Italy so I didn´t expect it to be flawless.
I have chosen Warsaw marathon as my autumn marathon and plan to do the Stockholm HM in september as well. Then some smaller 5 and 10 k´s around here to fill in the gaps between the bigger races mentioned.
That's it. Reached my goal of going under 3:40 with about two minutes. Has so far received three (!) different times from the website but now the timekeeping system seems to have decided that I finished in 3:38:04, even though my watch showed 3:38:36. A bit too much difference according to me but it is the official time that counts.
It was not easy to run in Rome. The course was pretty difficult with a lot of turns, cobblestones and elevation changes. The weather was also moody with showers and sunshine alternately and partly strong winds.
The organization was far from flawless. That the start was delayed with five minutes due to technical problems is acceptable, as well as the fact that my finish time has fluttered between 3:37:57 and the last 3:38:04 (That´s 3:38 anyway so no problem). Worse was the chaos at the refreshment stations. Some were only manned by two persons, where one poured energy drink into cups from a 1,5 litre bottle and the other handed the cup, while 15-20 persons tried to grab it.
It may also be noted that it is hard to run the marathon. I had a deep dip between 39 and 41 km and felt that I wanted to quit the race, but I made a comeback during the last km with some mental will and a long downhill. But when you walked through the finish area, overshadowed by The Colloseum while The Triumphal March was played over and over again, it was definitely worth the effort.