Vivid blue skies cloaked the city of Amsterdam on an unseasonably warm day in mid October.
The sun shone through the autumn leaves, setting the scene for records to be broken at the 41st TCS Amsterdam Marathon.
A total of 45,000 runners lined up at the start of the TCS Marathon, the Mizuno Half Marathon and the TCS 8K. Cheered on by thousands of supporters, the runners weaved their way around some of the most picturesque sights of Amsterdam including Vondelpark and the Museumplein.
The runners who lined up at the start of the marathon were a wide-ranging group that included both emerging talent and seasoned athletes. Among them were favorites and previous champions, Wilson Chebet and Bernard Kipyego. However the day was not destined to be dominated by either of them.
Daniel Wanjiru snuck up to the lead pack at the 34km mark. Then in Vondelpark, with 2km to go, the Kenyan surged ahead and went on to cross the finish line in the Olympic Stadium breaking the course record with a time of 2:05:21.
With his big break Wanjiru led an impressive group, resulting in eight finishing times under 2:07 and ten under 2:08 - cementing Amsterdam as one of the fasted marathons ever.
Not only did he take the course record, Wanjiru also slashed an astonishing almost 3 minutes off of his personal best, an impressive feat at this level of running.
Ethiopian Meselech Melkamu took the women’s title in 2:23:21. Khalid Choukoud and Ruth van der Meijden were fastest among the Dutch runners with respective times of 2:11:23 and 2:33:44.