关于 Leiden Marathon (postponed)
***IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This event has been postponed due to the Coronavirus outbreak. New date to be confirmed***
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.
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.
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.