Rotterdam Marathon 2017
One of the fastest marathon tracks in the world
The Rotterdam Marathon is a popular road marathon and the biggest marathon in the Netherlands, which attracts many top runners. The marathon has been ranked as one of the top 10 marathons in the world by Runner's World! The popularity among top athletes is explained by the very fast (flat, straight and low level) track, which enables record breaking runs nearly every year!
World Record Marathon Rotterdam
Rotterdam has been the world record holder between 1985 and 1998. The record was first held by Carlos Lopes (2:07:12) and since 1988 by Belayneh Dinsamo with a time of 2:06:50. The current track record of 2:04:27 has been held by the Kenian runners Duncan Kibet and James Kwambai since 2009.
Marathon Rotterdam for amateur runners
You can try to break the world record yourself by participating in the Rotterdam Marathon or maybe you prefer the 4,2 km 'Mini Marathon' or the 1/4 Marathon run. The 1/4 Marathon starts at Blaak in front of the Market Hall and finishes at Coolsingel. Experience what it's like to be supported by a crowd of 900.000 spectators on your way to the finish line. You can register online for the Rotterdam Marathon about a year before the start. The 'full size' Marathon Rotterdam regular fee is €75,00. On Saturday the Kids Run takes place.
Hotel reservation during the Rotterdam Marathon
All shops in downtown Rotterdam are open during the Rotterdam Marathon, so you can combine your visit to the Rotterdam Marathon with some fun shopping! Plan ahead if you want to make a hotel reservation, as all hotels will be sold out during the Rotterdam Marathon. Many hotels have marathon package deals.
Rotterdam Marathon Course 2016
Rotterdam Marathon Course
The Rotterdam Marathon track enables the runners to see most quarters of Rotterdam. The start and finish are located at Coolsingel and this is where it gets very crowded! During the first 25 kilometers, the runners cross the Erasmus Bridge to the South of Rotterdam and back again. The second part of the Marathon leads the runners to Lake Kralingen in the East of Rotterdam and back.
Rotterdam Marathon spectators
Especially during the last 15 kilometers of the Rotterdam Marathon track, the athletes need your support and there are plenty of places for spectators. Admission is free. Tickets for the VIP Grandstand at Coolsingel are hard to get.
Accessibility Rotterdam Marathon
During the Marathon weekend in Rotterdam, many streets will be blocked. Use public transport instead. To travel by Rotterdam metro you need a special Travel Chip Card. For detailed information concerning the accessibility of shops, restaurants and road blocks in Rotterdam city centre, refer to www.nnmarathonrotterdam.nl/evenement/bereikbaarheid/. To avoid traffic jams, Dutch Railway offer a Rotterdam Marathon return ticket with 20% discount from any station in the Netherlands to Rotterdam.
Cheap parking at Marathon Rotterdam
During the Rotterdam Marathon, the P+R parkings at the city boundary are free. At the car parks owned by the city of Rotterdam you have to pay the regular parking fee.
Download the Rotterdam Marathon Course
Click to see the full size Rotterdam Marathon Course 2016 as a .pdf-file
DATES Rotterdam Marathon 2017
The 37th edition of the Rotterdam Marathon takes place at Sunday 9 April 2017. The runners start at 10:00 am at Coolsingel in Rotterdam. The best athletes finish just after noon pm but recreational runners are allowed to finish till 4 pm.
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