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Enschede Marathon

Quick facts

Location Enschede, Netherlands

Distance Marathon

Date 19 Apr 2020

About Enschede Marathon

***IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This event has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak***

Experience the oldest marathon in Western Europe!

We write about August 1946. The European Athletics Championships were held in Olso and the I.A.A.F. conference had taken place. During that conference, an agreement was made to hold an athletics competition between the Netherlands and Czechoslovakia in Enschede in July 1947. Saturday 12 July 1947 was the big day: 51 participants took off, hoping to return fit and healthy to the summery Van Heekpark after 42 km and 195 m.

Of that group, 33 athletes did indeed complete the race and Eero Riikonen from Finland took first place.
The Enschede Marathon was born.


Tubantia Marathon

  • 42.195km

Xsens Half Marathon

  • 21.098km


  • 10km

Menzis FitRUN 5 KM

  • 5km


Aid Stations

Livio water stations (aid stations and sponge stations)along the route (+/- every 2.5 km) and directly after the finish.

Award Medals

Special commemorative medal.

Maximum Time

The limit for taking the full marathon is 5 hours. The limit for taking the half marathon is 2.5 hours.

Enschede Marathon Route Map

Enschede Marathon Route Map


Boulevard 1945 in Enschede.

Hendrik Jan van Heekplein, 7511 HN Enschede, Netherlands




Alpha Tower


The start and finish will be at Enschede’s prominent landmark, the Alpha Tower on the Boulevard 1945. Runners travel through Lonneker, a small village on the outskirts of Enschede, before moving towards Galnerburg. The entire re-built district of Roombeek also lies in the path of the marathon as the runners come towards the starting-point, at Boulevard 1945, to complete the first of two 21.1km loops.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.