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The TCS Amsterdam Marathon is known for its fast and beautiful course. The start and finish take place in the historical Olympic Stadium. And every year this leaves an unforgettable impression, not least because of the presence of the supporters in the tribunes and the marathon grandstand. The Marathon course … MORE
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    YanisNanashi FIRST-TIMER '17

    Ok, where should I start? Let´s begin with the expo. We arrived at the expo on Saturday in the morning at about 11 o clock. There was a huge line … MORE

    Ok, where should I start? Let´s begin with the expo. We arrived at the expo on Saturday in the morning at about 11 o clock. There was a huge line in front of the entrance and we had to wait quite a while before we got in. Once we got in I liked the expo even though it was very narrow and crowded. They have good merchandise stuff and I even bought a super nice T-Shirt as a souvenir. The race took place on Sunday and the half marathon starts at 1.30pm (marathon starts at 9.30 am). The start is close to the expo but far away from downtown. It takes you about 30 minutes by metro to get there. It was very crowded and unfortunately there were too little toilets for too many runners which really stressed me. I could manage to jump out of the toilet and immediately start my race on time. As there were so many runners I had to run “zick zack” all the time. The streets were too narrow and this fact caused me trouble during the whole race! In my opinion there were also too little water stations. It was a sunny and quite warm day (around 20-25 degrees Celsius) and at the beginning there were water stations every 5km only. It got better in the second half of the race and also gel was provided. Unfortunately the stations were only on one side of the street and were so crowded that I could not always manage to grab a cup of water. The scenery was VERY poor. Amsterdam is such a beautiful city – one of my favorite cities in the world – but the race has absolutely nothing to do with Amsterdam as it takes place outside of downtown. I only liked the last part of the race and of course finishing in the Olympic Stadium was nice. The course is flat with only few smaller climbs. Unfortunately only few spectators along the course – not comparable with Eindhoven or Venlo – races that are so much better than Amsterdam in terms of the atmosphere. After finishing in the stadium the biggest disappointment was still waiting for me: there were absolutely NO drinks offered at the finish. Runners had to exit the stadium as drinks were only offered outside the stadium. Because of this you could not enjoy the atmosphere in the stadium for at least a few minutes. As the exit was just a little narrow door and thousands of runners wanted to get out to finally get some water it took us a long time. We had to wait such a long time before we got out of the stadium and once we got out we had to wait another time, stand in line for several minutes before we finally got our water – I have never experienced such a bad organization at the finish. Will definitively not run this race again! But I will definitively come back to lovely Amsterdam!!!

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