TCS Marathon

TCS Marathon

The main distance of the TCS Amsterdam Marathon is the TCS Marathon. Enjoy the world capital Amsterdam and run along the most attractive passages of the capital.


The course in Amsterdam is known for its flat, fast and historical character. The start and finish take place in the historical Olympic Stadium. Every year this leaves an unforgettable impression, thanks to the presence of the supporters in the tribunes and the marathon grandstand! The course of the Marathon follows a part of the course of the Olympic Games in 1928 alongside the Amstel River, stately mansions and windmills. This rural trail offers beautiful views and gives an impression of the enormous activity that rules the Amstel every day.

The course leads the runners close to capital inner city of Amsterdam en knows many highlights, that are worth a seperate sightseeing tour. A few of the most attractive passages can be read here.


Start and finish

The TCS Marathon starts at 09.30 hours (subject to change).

Participants will finish at the Olympic Stadium, in front of the grandstand (free entrance). At the finish you will receive a medal and a heat sheet (if necessary). Water is also available here. Outside the Olympic Stadium you will receive a bottle of Isostar and fruit. After crossing the finish line, please try to keep moving. 

All participants who cross the finish line receive a medal. To make yours even more special, you can personalise it with your name and finish time. You will find the stand at the bridge between the Olympic Stadium and Sporthallen Zuid. If you ordered an engraved medal when you registered, there will be a medal symbol on your bib number. On the day it will cost the € 10.00.

Dutch Design
For the design of the medal, a design was chosen from a Dutch producer. Koninklijke Begeer has centuries of experience in the development and production of the most beautiful memories. From medal to chain of office. The craftsmanship can be seen in the quality and appearance of the product. The production in the Netherlands ensures a reliable delivery time and a socially responsible product that is realized with the least possible burden on the environment.

Starting areas

The starting areas are on the field inside of the Olympic Stadium. After entrance through the marathon gate you will be directed to your starting area. Each starting area corresponds with an expected finish time. The color of the bib number corresponds to your permitted starting area.

The marathon gate opens at 8.15 hours. You must be on the field by 9.15 hours at the latest. After this time the entrance to the stadium will be closed. There is a limited number of toilets in the starting area, we advise you to use the toilets outside the Olympic Stadium. 

No clothing can be left in the stadium. Any clothing left in the stadium will be removed the moment the race starts.

Color starting area Expected finish time 
White Invited athletes and athletes with a personal best up to 2.40.00
Yellow Athletes with an expected finish time between 2.40.01 and 3.00.00
Pink Athletes with an expected finish time between 3.00.01 and 3.30.00
Orange Athletes with an expected finish time between 3.30.01 and 4.00.00
Green Athletes with an expected finish time between 4.00.01 and 4.30.00
Blue Athletes with an expected finish time between 4.30.01 and 6.00.00

Limits and clocks TCS Marathon

The time limit for the TCS Marathon is 6 hours. The finish in the Olympic Stadium closes at 17.00 hours. This km-points should be reached at:

  • 5 km 10.37 hours
  • 10 km 11.19 hours
  • 15 km 12.01 hours
  • 20 km 12.44 hours
  • 25 km 13.14 hours 
  • 42,195 km 17.00 hours

Runners who are reached by the sweeper vehicle, based on the passing-time table, and will therefore certainly exceed the time limit will be called upon by a member of the jury to leave the race and, for reasons of safety, get into the sweeper vehicle. Should you decide to continue the race, despite the request of the jury member, you do so at your own risk. Remember, the course will be opened to traffic again once the sweeper vehicle has passed. The water points and medical care points will also be removed, and it will no longer be possible to finish in the Olympic Stadium. If you are removed from the race, you will not be eligible for a medal.

Time indication and kilometre points
There are digital clocks at the TCS Marathon’s start and at kilometre points 1, 2, 5, 10, 15, 20, 21,1, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 41 km. Every 5 km your time will be registered and signs will be placed at every km-point.

Refreshment stations

There will be a sponge and water stations along the route, handing out water and sportsdrink as well as fruit to the marathon runners. At the refreshment stations toilet and first-aid facilities will also be available. 

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