Records fell again this year, cementing the place of Amsterdam Marathon among the world’s 10 fastest marathon cities.
Kenya's Wilson Chebet shaved three seconds off the men's record to finish in 2:05:41, while Meseret Hailu of Ethiopia shattered the women's record by almost a minute, finishing in 2:21:09.
Registration records were also shattered this year, with 38,000 entries in a range of distances from marathon and half marathon to 8km and children’s runs. With 13,000 marathon runners, the event is now the biggest marathon in Holland.
With the start and finish in the 1928 Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam Marathon has a flat, fast and beautiful course.
The route is packed with things worth seeing in Amsterdam. Runners pass the world famous Rijks Museum on the Museumplein twice and also the Museum of the Tropics and Amstel Hotel.
Vondel Park is also on the course. In the full marathon Amsterdam’s largest public park is first approached from the Amstelveenseweg. The second time runners come from the opposite direction and enter the park from the Leidseplein side. The 48-hectare park, full of flowers, ponds, footpaths and playgrounds is a favourite among locals.
The Marathon course follows part of the 1928 Olympic marathon route along the Amstel River, past stately homes and windmills. This route offers beautiful rural scenery and gives an idea of the huge amount of daily business that takes place on the river.
Runners enjoyed a feast of international entertainment in the first Surrey International World Music Marathon in British Columbia, Canada.
Runners, walkers, spectators and volunteers enjoyed the vibrant community and cultural music miles with international performances along the route. It was the entire world at one running event as Germany, Korea, India and even an Asian singing “Elvis’ showcased their cultures, talent and entertained athletes as they push themselves to their physical limit.
Each mile along the course was sponsored by a different country, with the various community groups and cultural associations decorating their mile, as well as providing an entertainment stage and volunteers to cheer on the runners.
In perfect autumn weather, participants in the marathon, half marathon and smaller events enjoyed gorgeous mountain views and running paths through Bear Creek Park and Green Timbers Urban Forest, surrounded by the beauty of nature.
Surrey’s mayor completed the 5K Run/Walk alongside Fauja Singh, the 101-year-old who holds the world record for oldest marathon runner, who was completing the event with four generations of his family.
Mark your calendar for the second Surrey International World Music Marathon on September 29th, 2013 and enjoy the journey through a world of music, song and dance. Entries open on 1st January.