Second start location next to Olympic Stadium to accommodate growing number of runners
More than three months before the start of the 47th edition of the TCS Amsterdam Marathon, all 45,000 start tickets have been sold out. Never before has the participant limit for sports organization Le Champion's fall marathon been reached so quickly. On Sunday, October 15, 20,000 runners will start on the full marathon, which is also a record number for the main distance of the event. The Mizuno Half Marathon attracts 20,000 participants again this year, remaining the largest half marathon in the Netherlands. For the TCS 8K, 5,000 participants are registered. With more than 130 different nationalities at the start, the TCS Amsterdam Marathon is the most international sporting event in the Netherlands.
Second start location full marathon
The TCS Amsterdam Marathon is a World Athletics Platinum Label race and has enormous appeal to marathon runners from around the world. More than half of the runners at the full marathon come from outside the Netherlands (65%). The event also sold out early last year, which gave organizer Le Champion sufficient reason to create additional starting spots on the full marathon. To ensure the safety of the event and an optimal runners experience, the 20,000 marathon runners will start from two different locations for the first time this year. The Olympic Stadium offers space for 15,000 starters, the remaining 5,000 participants will start directly outside the stadium on the Stadionweg. After one kilometer, the two streams of participants merge and all runners follow the same course from the Vondelpark. Moreover, the finish is the same for everyone, in the Olympic Stadium.
Race Director René Wit: "I am extremely proud that the TCS Amsterdam Marathon is experiencing this growth, it means that we can increasingly compete with the biggest marathons in the world. By adding a second start location we can allow even more marathon runners to enjoy the fast course along the many unique highlights of Amsterdam, without compromising the safety and experience of the participants."
Le Champion will soon announce the first names of the elite field. The course record of 2.03.39 dates back to 2021 and is held by Ethiopian Tamirat Tola.
Children can still register
Also part of the TCS Amsterdam Marathon are the Kids Run through the Olympic Quarter and the Mini Marathons along the course, for children aged 4 to 13. Registration for these kids runs is still possible until Monday, October 2 via TCSAmsterdamMarathon.eu.
Multi-day sports weekend
In addition to the running events on Sunday, the Marathon Expo will take place from Thursday to Saturday, and the Good Morning City Run will be organized on Saturday morning. On Saturday, Le Champion is also organizing the Amsterdam City Walk for approximately 11,000 walkers. More information about that event can be found at www.amsterdamcitywalk.nl/english.