Amsterdam is where history and culture collide and the TCS Amsterdam Marathon is the perfect opportunity to do a little sight-seeing while pacing along the ridiculously flat course.
Starting in the 1928 Olympic stadium, the route takes in highlights of the city.
Experience running the passage through the Rijksmuseum, past the Maritime Museum, along the stunning Amstel River - from which the city got its name; soak up the beautiful autumnal colours in Vondelpark before finishing in front of crowds back in the Olympic stadium.
With almost 16,000 runners, the event is the largest marathon in the Netherlands and one of the largest in Europe.
This year’s edition of Amsterdam Marathon is the 40th anniversary and celebrations are sure to be in order.
Tourists and locals gather along the course becoming enthusiastic cheerleaders keeping spirits up through out the event. With the average temperature in October at 10degC it is the ideal climate for most runners to tackle a personal best along this pancake flat course.
There are five events scheduled for the day: the marathon, Mizuno Half Marathon, TCS 8K run, Skylanders Kids Run and Mini Marathon.
There are few places on this planet as breath-taking as Queenstown, New Zealand.
Surrounded by majestic mountains and set on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, the natural beauty and unique energy of this region creates the perfect location for the Air New Zealand Queenstown International Marathon.
Run against a backdrop of the world-renowned Crown and Remarkable mountain ranges, the race includes the best highlights of the Queenstown lakes region, including Millbrook resort, Arrowtown, Lakes Hayes, Shotover River, Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown Gardens and finishing in the heart of Queenstown itself.
Easy running on a predominantly flat course, with a few undulations to keep it interesting, the course offers a mix of terrain, with 70 percent on smooth hard-packed trails and 30 percent on road.
The Queenstown International Marathon includes; 42km, 21km, 10km and 3km kids run options.
To add extra thrills to the marathon quest, Queenstown has plenty to offer as the adventure hub of New Zealand. Bungy jumping, sky diving, canyon swinging, jet boating, mountain biking, horse trekking and river rafting are just a few options available.