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Leiden Marathon

Quick facts

Location Leiden, Netherlands

Distance Marathon

Date May

About Leiden Marathon

The Leiden Marathon is known for its good organization, personal attention for every runner, enthusiastic spectators and fine atmosphere. With the most beautiful course in The Netherlands with  start and finish in the heart of an 900-year old city (where Rembrandt was born and the Pilgrims Fathers lived for 12 years). The marathon of Leiden (also called Leiden Marathon) is a running race over 42,195 km, held annually in Leiden since 1991. For the full marathon with a time limit of six hours applies.

The 42,195 km is one round that combines ancient Leiden with nine beautiful villages in the Green Heart where the marathoners run through a typical landscape of polders, windmills and cows. The Leiden Marathon had in 2018 more than 12.000 runners (1.000 on the full marathon) and on Saturday two thousand walkers who walked on the same route. And is still growing.


Leiden Marathon, Since 1991 

The Leiden Marathon was started by the Leiden Road Runners Club, the first members of which gained their first experience of a marathon in New York. When they returned, they decided to organize their own marathon. The Leideners were so impressed by the atmosphere and organization that they took New York as an example. The first team of 48 runners who went to New York came from 3M Netherlands, and was therefore known as the 3M Marathon Team. 

The Leiden Road Runners Club was set up as an independent club after the New York trip. The Leiden Road Runners then presented a plan for a local marathon to the management board of 3M. The plan was approved, and 3M sponsored the event for the next 10 years. When – according to the headline in the Leidsch Dagblad – the inhabitants of the city of Leiden and surrounding municipalities ‘embraced’ the very first Leiden Marathon (16 June 1991), it was clear that a wonderful sporting event had been born, which would grow to become a mature marathon.

Distances

Full Marathon

  • 42.195km

Half Marathon

  • 21.098km

10 Kilometer

  • 10km

5 Kilometer Nightrun (Saturday)

  • 5km

Kids Run

  • 2km

Practicalities

Accommodation

The running center with small sports expo is situated in the Pieterskerk (900-year old St. Peter´s Church) in the center of Leiden

After Race Services

Personal attention for every runner, a beautiful unique medal, a free beer, free massage, the very nice city center waiting for you

Age Limit

full marathon 18 years, half marathon 16 years, 10K 12 years

Aid Stations

Every 5 km refreshment stations with sports drink, water, fruit, sponges (or your own drink) and every 2½K water and sponges.

Award Medals

A beautiful unique medal with every year another unique Leiden design

Equipment Storage

free guarded storage for your bag

Maximum Time

For the full marathon with a time limit of 6 hours applies, for the half marathon 3 hours, for the 10K 2 hours.

Parking

Free shuttle from the parking lot (1,5K) to the start/finish and back.

Provided Photo Service

Free personal photo and finish video

Qualifications

no qualifications

Race Kit Includes

Bib-number, chip, pins 

Refreshments

Every 5 km refreshment stations with Born Sportsdrink, water, fruit, sponges (we bring your own drink to the spot) and every 2½K water and sponges

Timing

Chronotrack

Leiden Marathon Route Map

Leiden Marathon Route Map

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Start:

Breestraat Leiden at the height of the town hall.

Breestraat, Leiden, The Netherlands

Finish:

Fish Market in Leiden, behind the Town Hall.

Vismarkt, 2311 EH Leiden, Netherlands

Difficulty

flat

Highlights

The trail combines the historical Leiden nine villages in the Green Heart, which the marathoners run through a typical landscape of polders, windmills and cows.now named 'the most beautiful trails in the Netherlands'.

Overview

The 42 miles is a whole round and leads through the beautiful and historic Leiden  region around the city called the Green Heart. The start is at 10:30 on the Breestraat Leiden at the height of the town hall. The finish is at the Fish Market in Leiden, behind the Town Hall. The trail combines the historical Leiden nine villages in the Green Heart, which the marathoners run through a typical landscape of polders, windmills and cows.

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.