The Netherlands is one of the few countries in Europe that hosts more than one very large marathon event.

While in Germany everyone is talking about the Berlin Marathon, in Austria the Vienna City Marathon dominates or for example in France the Paris Marathon attracts the crowds, in the Netherlands there are several big marathon events that will make your heart beat faster.

The biggest running events in the Netherlands

The two big players in the Netherlands are the Rotterdam Marathon in spring and the Amsterdam Marathon in fall. Other highlights over the 42.195 kilometers are the Enschede Marathon and the Marathon Eindhoven. But one after the other...
2 big marathons in spring

The first big marathon event of the year is the Rotterdam Marathon. This usually takes place at the beginning of April. This is one of the fastest marathons in the world and about the same as the Amsterdam Marathon, the fastest marathon on Dutch soil. In the past millennium, Rotterdam has even hosted world marathon bests on several occasions. More than 8,000 athletes compete in the marathon, which runs through the city of Rotterdam.

The oldest marathon in Western Europe

Another major marathon event in the spring is the Enschede Marathon. Although the top times here are not quite as fast, the marathon scores points for its long tradition. For the first time was run in Enschede in 1947 over the 42.195 kilometers. This makes it the oldest marathon in Western Europe. Including the fringe events, the event has around 10,000 registered runners.

In the fall, it's not only worth traveling to the Amsterdam Marathon, but also to the Eindhoven Marathon, which is one of the largest sporting events in the Netherlands with around 25,000 participants. The marathon has been held since 1982 and is one of the fastest in the country. The course records are 2:05 and 2:24 hours.

Fast and beautiful: The Amsterdam Marathon

A touch faster than Eindhoven is run in the Dutch capital at the Amsterdam Marathon. The start and finish are in Amsterdam's Olympic Stadium. The course of the marathon runs along the Amstel River and through the city center, among other places.

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Runners from Germany love this half marathon

Very close to the German border, Venlo hosts the "Venloop" running event every spring. This atmospheric half marathon is usually fully booked within a short time. The fastest runners cover the Venloop in less than an hour. Several thousand participants travel to the Venloop from Germany.

More running and triathlon recommendations in the Netherlands

The best-known triathlon events in the Netherlands are the IRONMAN 70.3 Westfriesland (middle distance) and the Challenge Almere-Amsterdam (middle distance and long distance). Directly on the coast, the Kustmarathon Zeeland is also held in the fall. In this marathon, part of the course is even run directly on the sandy beach.

Besides Venloop, the NN CPC Loop Den Haag is another well-known half marathon in the Netherlands. This race has been held since 1975. About 10,000 male and female runners compete in the half marathon. The Hague has even set world records over the half marathon distance in the past. It is therefore one of the fastest half marathons in the world.

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All Running Races in the Netherlands (sorted by date) can be found in the following overview:

Running competitions 2022 in the Netherlands

Abdijcross - Kerkrade Cross & Trail

 
Icon Date | 13:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Kerkrade
Icon Competitions 21 km / 10,5 km / 7,4 km / 5,2 km

Rotterdam Marathon

 
4
Icon Date | 10:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Rotterdam
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 10,5 km / 4,2 km / 2,5 km / 1 km

Enschede Marathon

 
3
Icon Date | 10:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Enschede
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km / Kidsrun 1 km

Leiden Marathon

 
Icon Date | 10:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Leiden
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 5 km / 2 km

Venloop

 
11
Icon Date | 14:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Venlo
Icon Competitions 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km / 1 km / 0,5 km

Spartan Race Zandvoort

 
Icon Date |
Icon Venue Zandvoort
Icon Competitions 21 km / 10 km / 5 km

IRONMAN 70.3 Westfriesland

 
Icon Date | 09:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Hoorn
Icon Competitions Mitteldistanz (Middle Distance) / Olympische Distanz (Olympic) / Sprint

IRONMAN 70.3 Maastricht-Limburg

 
Icon Date | 09:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Maastricht
Icon Competitions Mitteldistanz / Olympische Distanz / Sprint

IRONMAN Maastricht - Limburg

 
1
Icon Date | 07:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Maastricht
Icon Competitions Langdistanz / Ironkids

YU MAN RACE Obstacle Run Hellendoorn

 
1
Icon Date | 09:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Hellendoorn
Icon Competitions 21 km (25 Hindernisse) / 10 km (35 Hindernisse) / 5 km (25 Hindernisse)

Run Winschoten

 
1
Icon Date | 10:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Winschoten
Icon Competitions 100 km / 50 km

Challenge Almere-Amsterdam

 
Icon Date | 07:20 Uhr
Icon Venue Almere
Icon Competitions Langdistanz / Mitteldistanz / Challnge4All / Kinder / Senior Challenge / Staffel

Parelloop Brunssum

 
Icon Date | 10:10 Uhr
Icon Venue Brunssum
Icon Competitions 10 km / 5 km / 2,5 km / 1 km / 0,5 km

STAPloop Brunssum

 
Icon Date | 16:15 Uhr
Icon Venue Brunssum
Icon Competitions 10 km / 5 km / 3 km

Mud Masters Obstacle Run - Biddinghuizen

 
Icon Date | 09:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Biddinghuizen
Icon Competitions 42 km / 16 km / 12 km / 6 km / 5 km / 3 km

Den Haag Halbmarathon (NN CPC Loop Den Haag)

 
Icon Date | 14:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Den Haag
Icon Competitions 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km / 2,5 km / 1 km

Singelloop Breda

 
Icon Date | 14:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Breda
Icon Competitions 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km / 3,202 km

Singelloop Utrecht

 
Icon Date | 14:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Utrecht
Icon Competitions 10 km / 5 km / 2,5 km / 1 km

Marathon Eindhoven

 
5
Icon Date | 10:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Eindhoven
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km / 1 mile / 5KM4ALL

Amsterdam Marathon

 
11
Icon Date | 09:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Amsterdam
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 8 km

Marathon Brabant

 
Icon Date |
Icon Venue Etten-Leur
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km

Warandecross Tilburg

 
Icon Date | 12:55 Uhr
Icon Venue Tilburg
Icon Competitions 10 km / 8 km / 7,5 km / 6,4 km / 2 km

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