Amsterdam hosts a plethora of running events that cater to both seasoned athletes and casual runners alike. From the renowned Amsterdam Marathon that takes participants on a scenic journey past landmarks like the Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank House, to unique themed runs celebrating the city’s rich culture, there’s a race for every type of enthusiast. We’ve curated the top three must-join running races in Amsterdam for 2024, ensuring an unforgettable experience for both seasoned athletes and casual enthusiasts alike. Lace up your running shoes and get ready to explore the city’s charm one stride at a time.
Main Amsterdam Running Races
Date: 20 October 2024
Start Time: TBC 2024
The Amsterdam Marathon is a run that seamlessly blends athleticism with cultural exploration. Picture yourself tracing the iconic canals, passing the historic Rijksmuseum, and soaking in the poignant atmosphere near the Anne Frank House. All the while testing your physical endurance on an immersive journey through the city’s soul.
Up to 15,000 participants can start from the Olympic stadium and runners have a variety of distances to choose from, including the TCS Marathon, Mizuno Half Marathon, TCS 8K, and a Kids Run, allowing for a personalized experience based on individual preferences. Beyond the race itself, active-minded travelers can explore the city and its surroundings, ensuring that the marathon becomes not just a swift run but an authentic and memorable exploration for both runners and their companions.
Date: 21 & 22 September 2024
Start Time: 8 AM
Get ready for a unique experience at the Dam tot Damloop event. It’s special because of the cool atmosphere, the big Business Runs, and the fact that it starts in one city and ends in another. They also organize the Mini Dam tot Damlopen in Zaandam and Amsterdam-Noord. And if one day isn’t enough, there’s the Damloop by night, with the same fun but in the evening and a shorter 5-mile route. Imagine starting in Amsterdam, going through the IJtunnel, enjoying the decorated North of Amsterdam, getting pumped up by music on Zuiddijk in Zaandam, and finally, celebrating at the finish on Peperstraat. Don’t miss the finish party at Dam tot Dam Park – it’s the best way to end the running party!
Date: 18 May 2024
Start Time: TBC 2024
Get ready for the third round of the awesome half marathon in Amsterdam – the BIJLMER RUN. This time, there are five different runs to choose from: the Children’s Run (1km), the Bijlmer Run 5KM, the Bijlmer Run 10KM, Business Run (10KM), or the Bijlmer Run Half Marathon. And guess what’s new this year? A 5km walk!
The first two times was sold out. So, if you want to be part of the fun, don’t wait too long. Come join the third edition of the Bijlmer Run.
There are tons of different Amsterdam running races, and hopefully, this article has given you some ideas on which races suit you! For more information on running in Amsterdam, check out our complete guide here.
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