ING Amsterdam Marathon
Abel Kirui at the 2014 Amsterdam Marathon © Brankoc
This popular marathon is one of the top twelve in the world and part of the IAAF Golden League. Runners from all over the world enjoy the flat terrain, stunning architecture and sparse traffic that characterises the Amsterdam Marathon. The race dates back to 1975 and is recognised as one of the most professionally organised and enjoyable races on the athletics calendar. Apart from the main marathon there are four other races organised on the day: a half marathon, an 8km run, a kid's run and a mini marathon. There is great musical entertainment along the marathon course, with DJs, samba bands and singers egging the runners on and entertaining spectators. The night before the race there is a Pasta Party where participants can carbo-load and socialise at the same time. There is also a popular marathon expo where there are stalls promoting all things athletics. The expo is free and open to the public. The marathon route traditionally starts and finishes at the Olympic Stadium, which is where the majority of supporters gather.
Venue: Olympic Stadium
Date: 16 October 2016