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Rotterdam Marathon 2021: the return of the great race to Europe

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There are runners in every country in the world and marathons are held in every major city in the world. Marathoners travel from place to place to discover new circuits and take the opportunity to discover new places, So they are always looking for a combination of two things: good marathons and good cities, For this reason there are cities that have huge marathons, because tourism and sports go hand in hand.

Marathon training is tough and takes time. Traveling takes time and money. plan to take it all together seriously, That’s why it’s so important to research where to run. In this second half of 2021, after a year and a half of cancellations and postponements, the marathon calendar was more full than ever.

About 10,000 runners take part in the Rotterdam Marathon(Credit: Rotterdam Marathon)(Bart Hoogveld/)

Berlin and London are two of the six majors, meaning they are part of the circuit of the six most important marathons in the world., But for precisely that reason, the capitals of the United Kingdom and Germany are difficult to sign up for and get places. Are there other marathons to choose from? Sure are.

Rotterdam is one of the great options. A short, but crowded race, a first-class organization and a fast circuit, To that we have to add the tourist part. Museums, promenade and a culinary and hotel offering make this a great option if we’re interested in running as well as tourism. Amsterdam, the main city of the Netherlands, is nearby, so you can base yourself there and travel to Rotterdam the day before.

this year they were completed Forty years after the first edition of this marathon And the comeback after three postponements made everything even more exciting for everyone. There’s something in Rotterdam that only the best marathoners do: a local crowd that loves their runs, yesterday Rotterdam made headlines for a series of riots In the midst of a partial shutdown by the coronavirus. Dutch police fired warning shots after the explosion on Friday Protests in the port city.

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The Rotterdam Marathon is the largest in the Netherlands and has been voted one of the best ten marathons in the world(Credit: Rotterdam Marathon)

During the forty two kilometer and one hundred and ninety five meter marathon, the public cheers non-stop. Everyone nods, applauding acquaintances and strangers. Each runner’s number contains the name of the contestant in addition to the number. So when we run we can hear the audience shout our name, Personalized breathing is one of the most beautiful things you can experience in a marathon.

Beginning is Erasmusbrug in the center of the city. The ideal start is to cross the bridge with the enthusiastic crowd, More than 10,000 marathoners begin their experience there, which includes traveling to all of the city’s great places, And yes, you even go to the outskirts and you can see the mills, a quintessential Dutch postcard. The famous cube houses, canals, the most famous buildings. Everything is covered and even passed over the bridge again and ends in a beautiful arrival, one of them that is no longer forgotten.

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Rotterdam is close to the Netherlands’ main city, Amsterdam, so you can base yourself there and travel the day before for the marathon(Credit: Rotterdam Marathon)(Luca de Cruijf/)

The Rotterdam Marathon is the largest in the Netherlands And it has been voted one of the best ten marathons in the world. It’s not that hard to find a place And the weather is cool enough to remove the racer kit and start over.

Anyone who wants to dedicate a year to training, who manages to plan and travel to race will find this race one of the great competitions in the world. In that enduring pursuit of great marathons and scenic trips, Rotterdam should undoubtedly be on every racing lover’s list.

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