Sport and culture are set to collide in Amsterdam this October with over 40,000 runners expected for the 38th edition of the TCS Amsterdam Marathon.

 

Very few distance running events offer competitors the chance to run through one of the world’s most prestigious museums, but the combination of the reopening of the revered Rijksmuseum and the will of passionate Marathon organisers has made this possible in Amsterdam 2013.

 

Well known for being a very fast marathon, the Amsterdam Marathon course is every bit as beautiful as it is quick. Taking in so much of Amsterdam’s architectural, natural and cultural beauty, the marathon is as much a guided tour of the sights and sounds of Amsterdam as it is a distance race. Windmills, of course, are included. Starting and finishing in the historic Olympic Stadium, the Amsterdam Marathon truly is a great, great course. 

 

 

 

 

 

Marathon, Half Marathon, 8km and 1km Olympic Kid’s Run events are offered, meaning participants of all ages and ability are welcomed into this wonderful event. Registrations are skyrocketing and with a record number of entrants expected for this year’s event, get in now and don’t miss the 2013 Amsterdam Marathon!

 

 

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After a dream event in amazing weather in 2012, New Zealand’s largest cycling event returns in November. The Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge is a UCI Golden Bike event, meaning it is recognised as one of the world’s top 6 rides. It offers an enjoyable yet challenging ride around the shores of New Zealand’s largest lake.

 

With stunning scenery at every turn and enthusiastic crowd support along the way, the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge is a truly inspiring event for both high performance athletes and casual cyclists.

 

There are 14 categories including 160km solo rides, team relays, mountain biking races and kids’ rides; the day truly caters for riders of all age and ability.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

The event is also a wonderful reason to visit the lakeside town of Taupo and the surrounding area, where there are so many exciting and daring things to do. From jet boating at the base of the Huka Falls to rafting on the Tongariro River, skydiving, fishing, hiking, even parasailing, Taupo offers limitless opportunities to the adventure-minded visitor.

 

For a world beating event in a gorgeous town with a great atmosphere, the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge is as good as it gets. Get in early and get ready for the ride of your life!

 

 

www.cyclechallenge.com/

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