Increased entries have prompted course changes for the 35th Amsterdam Marathon.

Organisers reported entries streaming in through the summer months with almost 20,000 participants registered by August and a month to go before the September cut-off.

Registrations were limited to 15,000 in the marathon, 15,000 in the half marathon and 5,000 in the 8km run and organisers expected to get close to those numbers.

As a result of the growth, the course has been changed somewhat.  In contrast to previous years, marathon runners will run the first lap in the opposite direction. They will start in the 1928 Olympic stadium then go into the Vondelpark via the Amstelveenseweg.

Subsequently, the route will go via the Hobbemakade and Stadionweg and take a right turn into Marathonweg and then on to the Haarlemmermeer circuit. It then goes via the Amstelveenseweg again towards Stadionweg and follows the normal route, finishing back in the Olympic Stadium.

 

With its many highlights, the route through Amsterdam’s city centre would also suit a sightseeing tour at a slower pace, taking in the Olympic Stadium, built in 1928, the nature reserves on both sides of the river Amstel, the Maritime Museum, the historic canals, Rijksmuseum and the attractive Vondelpark which will feature twice during the marathon.

 

 

 

The marathon starts and finishes in front of the Olympic Stadium grandstand. This splendidly renovated stadium will leave a memorable impression after the end of the race.  Supporters and spectators have free access to the grandstand and bleachers.

Vondelpark is the largest public park in Amsterdam – 48ha of trees, ponds, paths and playing fields and it is loved by every resident of the city. Marathon runners will cross the Vondelpark twice.

The marathon also follows part of the original Olympic route along the Amstel River, past stately mansions and several windmills. This rural part of the course has splendid panoramic views and highlights the busy activity dominating the Amstel every day.

The meandering route along the Amstel is not only interesting for its range of scenery but also for – more importantly - the sight of participants running on the other side.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next event date:

Sunday 17 October 2010


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