This weekend the 38th edition of the annual TCS Amsterdam Marathon will take place. 42.000 runners from 82 countries will come to Amsterdam on the 20th of October. A record number of participants! Five events are scheduled: the Marathon, the Mizuno Half Marathon, the TCS 8 K run, the Skylanders Olympic Kids Run and the Mini Marathon.
For the Marathon, both start and finish take place at the beautiful and historic Olympic Stadium. This year, for the first time marathon runners will be led through the heart of the newly renovated Rijksmuseum, the famous passage which connects Amsterdam city centre with the south of Amsterdam. The rest of the route is also packed with things worth seeing in Amsterdam. The runners pass the fascinating Museum of the Tropics and the luxury Amstel hotel. Vondelpark is also part of the course. The course follows a part of the Olympic route along the Amstel River past stately homes and a few windmills. This route offers beautiful rural scenery, which includes, among other things, the Amsterdam Arena.
So who is going to win it? Kenyan Wilson Chebet is the course record holder for the with a time of 2.05.41. He achieved this time when he won the race last year. He also won the year before. So can Chebet make it a hat trick? Another likely candidate is Bernard Koech, who is supposedly the fastest marathon runner in the world right now. With an unbelievably fast debut time in the marathon of 2.04.53, Koech is a big favourite for winning in Amsterdam.