Running around Amsterdam: one mile at a time
Record numbers descend upon the city’s pancake-flat plains for the TCS Amsterdam Marathon, carrying hopes of sprinting to gold. Those familiar with the city’s outdoor events know it’s a participation sport (crowd or otherwise) not to be missed. The course starts from the city’s famous Olympic Stadium and passes many of Amsterdam's most notable landmarks and attractions while making its way back to the stadium via the east of the city.
Held every year since 1978, the TCS Amsterdam Marathon has earned itself a place in the league table of the world’s best marathons and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) recognised the high quality of the marathon by awarding it the Gold Label for Road Races in 2013. This special award is only bestowed upon leading international races, showing that the TCS Amsterdam Marathon ranks alongside other major marathons such as those in New York, Paris, London, Boston and Berlin.
Accessibility in the city
Trams and buses that normally run along and near to the marathon route operate alternative services and some services are temporarily suspended. These measures will be in place from the night preceding the event until about 19:00 on Sunday. Visitors are advised to use the metro wherever possible as these services will not be subject to change. Check the GVB website for more information.