The history and information about
this popular Marathon race
If you are into a holiday or vacation with a difference and like
endurance sports, then you will find the Amsterdam marathon just the right even for you. Here’s more information
about this popular international marathon event, whose many runner participants also
include Amsterdam university students.
The Amsterdam Marathon is by far the most testing running event in
the history of the city. It is an extremely well-organized event and is classified in the Golden League category by
the International Association of Athletics Federations, the highest level for road racing competitions.
The History of the Amsterdam Marathon
The first ING Amsterdam Marathon as we know it today happened on May
3, 1975. Since that time, the start and finish lines were at the Olympic Stadium. According to certain records, the
first person who won the first Amsterdam Marathon was Joergen Jensen from Denmark who ran the distance in 2.16.51.
A year later, a European champion and second at the Munich Olympic Games named Karel Lismont came to Amsterdam. She
is still regarded in Belgium as the best marathon runner even born on its soil, won in a tremendously hot weather
condition. Another legendary winner of the Amsterdam Marathon came to the city a year later. He actually won the
Boston marathon in 1975, being able to finish first in an unbeatable 2.09.55.
The Amsterdam Marathon was relocated the year when the Olympic
Stadium fell into disrepair. In 1978, there was no marathon in the area, but many of those who organized the event
considered the Dam Square as the new starting and finishing area for the event. The Dam Square in fact was the
finish venue for one of the city’s most memorable marathons ever – the 1980 Amsterdam Marathon. It is interesting
to know that the event actually remained at the Dam Square until 1989, and later Amsterdam’s new start and finish
venue became Museumplein.
With the reconstructed arena, the Amsterdam Marathon finally was
brought back to its former venue – the Olympic Stadium. In that venue, another memorable event took place and it
was the 1996 Amsterdam Marathon when the city saw a rise in the number of its runners, both in men and women
categories. The success of the marathon continues even until now and many Amsterdammers have immortalized their
names through this event.
The Amsterdam Marathon Route
The route of the Amsterdam Marathon is usually fast, free of traffic,
and as flat. During the event, digital clocks and refreshments stand line the route, which typically passed through
the Vondelpark, below the Rijksmuseum and finishes back inside the Olympic Stadium venue.
Six-Hour Time Limit
Just like any other sports events, the Amsterdam Marathon has its own
time limit. It has been maintained that the full marathon is subject to a six-hour time limit. The participants who
fail to run the scheduled distances within the time limits set for the 25 km, 30 km, 35 km, or 40 km markers, as
well as those who will exceed the overall time limit will be asked by a member of the event jury to terminate their
race and to board the sag wagon for safety and health purposes.
However, if despite being approached by a jury and the participants
continue to run, they will be asked to do so at their own risk, as the route will be released for road traffic once
the sag wagon has passed. And, it is a rule in the Amsterdam Marathon that if the participants terminate their race
prior to finishing, they will not qualify for a medal.