Amsterdam Marathon

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Amsterdam Marathon
Amsterdam Marathon 2013 logo.png
Logo of the Amsterdam Marathon in 2013
DateThird Sunday of October
LocationAmsterdam, Netherlands
Event typeRoad
DistanceMarathon (42.195 km)
Primary sponsorTCS
Established1975 (46 years ago) (1975)
Course recordsMen's: 2:04:06 (2018)
Kenya Lawrence Cherono
Women's: 2:19:26 (2019)
Ethiopia Degitu Azimeraw
Official siteAmsterdam Marathon
Participants13,596 (2019)

The Amsterdam Marathon (branded TCS Amsterdam Marathon for sponsorship reasons) is an annual marathon (42.195 km) in Amsterdam in the Netherlands since 1975. The road race has a Platinum Label from World Athletics. During the event, there are also a half marathon race (21.097 km) and an 8 km race in the program.


Leading group of the 2008 men's race with winner Paul Kirui on the left
Meseret Hailu winning the 2012 women's race in new course record
Amsterdam Marathon 2014
Route of the marathon in 2007

The first marathon in Amsterdam was held on 5 August 1928, during the 1928 Summer Olympics. It was won by Boughera El Ouafi in 2:32:57.[1]

After the Olympics there were no marathons in Amsterdam until 1975. Since that year the marathon was held annually, with the exception of 1978[1] and 2020.[2]

The 1980 course record of 2:09:01 ran by Dutchman Gerard Nijboer could be considered an unofficial world record[3] as the generally recognized record at that time, 2:08:34 in Antwerp, had been run on a course that was 500 meters short.[citation needed] However, IAAF doesn't recognise Nijboer time as any record.[4]

In 2005, the former world record holder on the marathon, Haile Gebrselassie, earned his first win in the Amsterdam Marathon in the fastest marathon time in the world for the 2006 season (2:06.20).

In 2010, Getu Feleke finished in 2:05:44 and improved the course record from 2009 by 34 seconds.[5]

In 2012, the Kenyan Wilson Chebet won the race by a time of 2:05:41 and broke the previous course record by three seconds. In the same year, Ethiopian Meseret Hailu broke the women's course record with a time of 2:21:09.

In 2017, Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono was the surprise winner of the TCS Amsterdam Marathon, taking more than a minute off his PB to set a new course record of 2:05:09. He went on to defend his title in 2018 and set a new course record of 2:04:06.

The 2020 in-person edition of the race was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, with all entries automatically transferred to 2021, and all registrants given the option of transferring their entry to another runner.[2][6]

Course record progression
Date Athlete Time
5 August 1928 France Boughera El Ouafi 2:32:57
3 May 1975 Denmark Jørgen Jensen 2:16:51
21 May 1977 United States Bill Rodgers 2:12:47
26 April 1980 Netherlands Gerard Nijboer 2:09:01 WR[3]
2 November 1997 Kenya Sammy Korir 2:08:24
1 November 1998 Kenya Sammy Korir 2:08:13
17 October 1999 Kenya Fred Kiprop 2:06:47
19 October 2003 Kenya William Kipsang 2:06:39
17 October 2004 Kenya Robert Cheboror 2:06:22
16 October 2005 Ethiopia Haile Gebrselassie 2:06:20
18 October 2009 Kenya Gilbert Yegon 2:06:18
17 October 2010 Ethiopia Getu Feleke 2:05:44
21 October 2012 Kenya Wilson Chebet 2:05:41
20 October 2013 Kenya Wilson Chebet 2:05:36
16 October 2016 Kenya Daniel Wanjiru 2:05:21
17 October 2017 Kenya Lawrence Cherono 2:05:09
21 October 2018 Kenya Lawrence Cherono 2:04:06


The route starts and finishes in the Olympic Stadium. The course is flat, with a maximum elevation of 33 ft at the 23rd mile.[7]


  1. ^ a b "ING Amsterdam Marathon. History". Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2008-03-16.
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^ a b World Best Progressions - Road, Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2013-10-21.
  4. ^ "Marathon World Records".
  5. ^ "Feleke winnaar marathon Amsterdam".
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  7. ^ "Amsterdam Marathon - Elevation Chart".

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