Amsterdam Marathon has a new women’s record after Ethiopian Tiki Gelana finished in 2:22:08. She beat the existing record, set in 2002, by 11 seconds.
It was a perfect day for a marathon and Gelana kept up with compatriot Eyerusalem Kuma for the first 30km. She raised her pace in the last 12km to beat Kuma into second place by a good two minutes.
Amsterdam Marathon is a wonderfully flat, fast course that showcases some of the city’s best features and doubles as a sightseeing tour.
It starts and finishes in front of the grandstand in the 1928 Olympic Stadium. This splendidly renovated stadium leaves a memorable impression at the end of the race. Supporters and other spectators have free access to the grandstand and the bleachers.
Runners in the marathon pass the world-famous Rijksmuseum on Museumplein twice. Runners in the half-marathon pass it once. The Rijksmuseum attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year from around the world, despite extensive renovations being conducted at the moment.
The largest public park in Amsterdam has an entrance at the side of the Leidseplein. This 48ha park is full of trees, ponds, paths and playing fields and is dearly loved by every resident of the city. On sunny days, thousands of residents enjoy the park.
Everyone can be found there, from sport fanatics and the health conscious to music lovers, occupied in their different ways. The variety of activities makes wandering through the Vondelpark especially fascinating in the autumn. During the marathon runners cross the Vondelpark twice.
The marathon route follows part of the Olympic marathon course along the Amstel River, past stately mansions and several windmills. This rural part of the course has splendid panoramic views and gives an impression of the busy activity dominating the Amstel every day.
In the distance the Arena is visible - home stadium of the local Ajax football team. The meandering route along the Amstel is not only interesting for its range of scenery but also for—more importantly—the sight of other participants running on the other side.
The course also takes in the Maritime Museum and Amsterdam’s historic canals.
In addition to the full and half marathons, Amsterdam offers an 8km race, 1km Runaway and Mini Marathon.
Registrations open early in January for the 2012 event on 21st October.