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Rotterdam Marathon

With a flat course, good weather on most occasions and great spectator support the Rotterdam Marathon is a favourite among runners.

The course follows a rough figure-eight of Rotterdam. The runners first head south, going over the Nieuwe Mass before running a clockwise loop that goes past Stadion Feijenoord and other attractions before heading north and back over the bridge. The northern section of the run has more parkland and the Kralingse Plas for runners to look at. The race then finishes where it started.

Good times are expected by runners in the Rotterdam Marathon as the course is quite flat. Three world records have been set at the Rotterdam Marathon. The parts of the course where there is an incline or descent are when the runners approach and depart the bridges on the course.

There are aid stations at regular intervals around the course, some with water and energy drinks and others with sponges. Large crowds gather to watch this race every year.

Duncan Kibet of Kenya is the course record holder. He won the race with a time of 2 hours, 4 minutes and 27 seconds in 2009. Some of the other runners to win the Rotterdam Marathon include Ethiopian Belayneh Densamo, Australian Robert de Castella and Domingos Castro from Portugal. The fastest women's time for the Rotterdam Marathon is held by Tiki Gelana, in 2012 she finished the race in 2 hours, 18 minutes and 58 seconds. Other winners include three-time winner Tegla Laroupe, Lornah Kiplagat, Ana Isabel Alonso and Lyubov Morgunova.

The weather in Rotterdam during April is often helpful to the runners. The temperature can range between 4 degrees Celsius and 14 degrees Celsius and it is the driest month of the year for Holland so rain is not very likely but can still occur.

There is a railway station and several subway stations close to where the marathon starts, and finishes. Those flying to Rotterdam will land at Rotterdam The Hague Airport. There are trains that go to Rotterdam from all over The Netherlands as well as from Belgium and also France.

Tourist attractions around Rotterdam include the downtown shopping areas, Rotterdam Zoo, soccer games of Feyenoord, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and the various windmills and canals that are synonymous with Holland.

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