Amsterdam, Netherlands is the business and cultural center of the Netherlands. With its historical canals, beautiful older buildings, and wonderful museums, Amsterdam attracts 5 million visitors annually. This pedestrian and cycling friendly city is also a haven for runners. Highlights include the walkways along the canals, lovely runs along the Amstel River, and some of the city’s beautiful parks, notably Vondelpark, Rembrandtpark, and Westerpark. Further afield, Sloterpark and Amderstam Bos (near the airport) are good running destinations and easy to get to. The Olympic Stadium, built for the 1928 games, is a good add-on or departure point for routes in this area. The city is very compact — the canals and Amstel river form sort of a half circle around the city, and it is only a few km from central station to the city’s outer beltway, the A10. Nearly all our ‘iconic’ runs are easy to reach from a centrally located hotel or the convention center.
Amsterdam Marathon. October. Starts in Olympic Stadium. Flat course!
Dam to Dam Run. September. Fantastic race attracting 50,000 runners. Part of a huge weekend attracting 88,000 people, with running, walking, cycling events and even a night event! The race is 10 miles one way from Amsterdam, through the tunnel, and to the dam in Zaandam. MAP
Gaasperplasrun. June. Popular but small.
Rondje Mokum (Amsterdam Circuit). There are 7 events that are part of Amsterdam’s ‘running circuit’. Mostly 10ks but one 15k.