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Amsterdam Marathon

Runners can enjoy the history of the city and the scenic course when they participate in the Amsterdam Marathon. Held every October in the capital of the Netherlands, the Amsterdam Marathon is a very popular event.

The Amsterdam Marathon starts, and ends, at Amsterdam's Olympisch Stadion, the Olympic Stadium. After a brief run north the course takes a turn to the right as the runners travel through Vondelpark. The trees and ponds of the park are soon replaced by canals next to the course and after two right turns the course heads in the direction of the stadium. The runners soon reverse direction and head east again, heading towards the Amstel River.

Several blocks after the 10km mark the runners head south along the famous river. The course continues along the river until just before the 20km mark when they cross the river and head north along the opposite bank of the Amstel River. One view to look forward to is the big windmill in that area.

After going north to the city centre area, the course goes east past Frankendael and Flevo Park. Just before the 35km mark, the runners start a long section of the run that takes them west. The course goes by the Tropenmuseum and once again takes in Vondelpark before the finish at the Olympic Stadium.

Along the course are many drink stations which are spaced approximately every 5km. Water is available at all of them while most offer energy drinks, fruit and sponges as well. The course is very flat and many runners will produce faster times during the Amsterdam Marathon than they will in other events. The weather during October in Amsterdam contributes to making the Amsterdam Marathon an enjoyable run. In between the heat of summer and the cold of winter, the marathon is run at a time when the temperature can be 10 to 14 degrees Celsius, sometimes with the chance of some rain.

There are other, shorter, events that occur during the Amsterdam Marathon. Those not running in the full marathon can join the Amsterdam Half Marathon, 8 km run, Olympic Kids Run 1K or Mini Marathon.

While many Kenyan runners like Wilson Chebet, Robert Cheboror and Eric Ndiema have produced some of the fastest times for the Amsterdam Marathon, the course record was set in 2010 by Getu Feleke. The Ethiopian ran the marathon in the time of 2 hours, 5 minutes and 44 seconds. Haile Gebrselassie was the winner in 2005. The women's record, of 2 hours, 22 minutes and 8 seconds, was set by Tiki Gelana in 2011.

Getting to Amsterdam will likely involve a flight to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, on Dutch airline KLM or on the many other international airlines that fly there. Train and bus services take visitors from the airport to Amsterdam. To get to the starting line for the marathon, many runners will use the metro or the tram system in Amsterdam. As some roads are closed for the marathon, driving in the area can be difficult and some bus and tram services do not run.

here are many things to do in Amsterdam. To get an idea of the area where the marathon is run, runners can take a boat cruise along the river and canals or hire a bicycle and explore the city by riding on the many bike paths. Soccer games are played by Ajax Amsterdam in the Amsterdam ArenA and the Rijksmuseum contains many rare exhibits including works by Rembrandt.

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