2 Aug

Going Dutch

Amsterdam MarathonAn array of running stars were in Amsterdam last month for the European Athletics Championships. And the Dutch capital will again be inundated with runners for the TCS Amsterdam Marathon, Half Marathon and 8K on 16 October.

Around 42,000 runners from across the world are expected to take part in the event. Predictably for a Dutch event, the marathon is known for its fast and flat route, starting and finishing in the Olympic Stadium. The course follows a part of the Olympic route along the Amstel River, past stately homes and a few windmills.

The half marathon consists of one loop, most of which passes through the city centre. The course starts at the Stadionweg and goes through Churchilllaan, Rijnstraat and the Utrechtse Bridge over the Amstel River (which we’re reliably informed doesn’t consist of beer). You then run through Watergraafsmeer and Zeeburg. The rest of the course is same as the full marathon.

The 8K takes participants from the Stadionweg on the first small round of the official marathon course, and also finishes in the Olympic Stadium.

Travel specialists Sports Tours International will be offering guaranteed entries for the event along with accommodation at one of Amsterdam’s finest and most conveniently situated hotels.

For more information, visit the Sports Tours International website.