NN Marathon Rotterdam

4.6 (14 Reviews)
Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands
13 Apr, 2025 (Sun)
Event size: 25000 - 49999 participants

Running

4.2 km, 10.55 km, 42.195 km

About the event

Experience the electric atmosphere over Rotterdam as athletes from all over the world come to compete in this world-renowned marathon. Spectators of all backgrounds line the course to cheer on runners, who triumph in their own special way. Setting off from bustling Coolsingel, the athletes are sure to experience a unique blend of top sports and festivities. This edition of the marathon continues the legacy of the first race, held in 1980 to commemorate the 85th anniversary of the Rotterdam Athletic Union PAC. Moreover, the 925,000 supporters that pack the course each year create a truly unforgettable party.

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Running
42.195 km
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Reviews

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Niel Smith
Country flag of NL
Oct 2021

Lee Towers singing "You'll Never Walk Alone" at the starting line, fantastic crowds, great energy.

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Victoria Tetlow
Apr 2020

Well Organised marathon, it can be quite crowed at some points and the bag pick up area was not well signposted so quite a few people ended up walking around looking for the area ( Not what you need after running a marathon) great crowd along the route and plenty of fuel stations. Nice medal but low quality finisher T shirt. I have also ran the 10km which was very crowded

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EA Croall
Apr 2018
42.195 km

Incredible atmosphere, the streets were lined six deep with spectators, it seemed as though the whole city was out to support the runners! It was an unseasonably scorching hot day though thankfully buckets and sponges were provided and extra water stations so we were well looked after. Great medal and tshirt, superb expo complete with carnival atmosphere. I just loved the entire thing and can't wait to do it all again!

Great track, a loop distance so no doubling back or repeat sections. Nice mix of quieter calm leafy canal areas juxtaposed to the city streets which were packed with spectators! Very flat.

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Kasper Nordmelan
Country flag of NO
Apr 2018
42.195 km

Great route at an amazing location, well organized, very cheerful crowds, fast track. Crowded but still enough space for everybody. Just loved it!

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Run Run
Country flag of NL
Apr 2017
42.195 km

The best run in the Netherlands by far. Also good for spectators, you can call it a "subway-marathon" for your cheering-fans ;). They can see you easily on 6 differend places, I have run the 6 majors, but have to say this one could be one of them. I did registred now for the 5th time again :). Also which is nice and didn't see that often, if you are last you will be a hero. See this example of the last runner >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOFe08amcGI . So if you are not first, try to be the last ;).

It is getting hard around the "kralingseplassen", that is the only part of I think 3 kilometers with not on both sides a line of 2 people behind each other ;). But the videos made by people on the screens make this part special. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kok9a45Mos

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Marco Vink
Country flag of NL
Apr 2015
42.195 km

There is only one real city marathon in The Netherlands with an actual great skyline and that's the Rotterdam Marathon. In general it has a fast course and the crowd is amazing. The latter being the main selling point of this marathon. No other Dutch marathon attracts so many supporters and spectators as this one. It is also very easy for supporters to follow their friends, family, loved ones via the public transport system. They can intercept them at four points along the way easily (with some preperation of course) which is great. Aid stations could be improved in number and what they provide (mainly based on the last couple of editions with high temperatures on raceday compared to the weeks of training at much lower temperatures). Make sure you book your hotel way in advance and preferably near the finish on the Coolsingel. BTW I live in Rotterdam so maybe I am a little bit biased ;-)

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Ulrich Walter
Country flag of DE
Apr 2003
42.195 km

Rotterdam Marathon is famous for being one of the fastest marathons in Europe. That is a good reason to start there if you want to improve your personal best. Because of that and because I really love the Netherlands and the beautiful Dutch towns I decided to participate in Rotterdam in 2003. Well, it was a little bit disappointing. It began with the narrow start area, which was not departed into blocks for those who run faster than 4 hours and the slower ones. This meant, if you wanted to start in the faster part of the runners you had to be there very early and to wait a long time on a narrow and crowded road. The course actually is flat, but I missed the cheering supporters I knew from the marathons I ran before. The people in Rotterdam seemed not to care about the runners at all. Additionally the scenery was dominated by industry buildings and huge apartment houses which looked like those they build in the German Democratic Republic. This was not what I expected. With other words: It was boring. So, if you merely are looking for a flat and fast course, you may be right in Rotterdam. Otherwise I cannot really recommend this competition, due to the lack of atmosphere.

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Lotte Rotman

Great organisation and atmosphere.

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Patrick van Veen
Country flag of NL

Heerlijke race en fantastisch publiek!

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Olle Fröling

Great atmosphere!

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Rex I.
Country flag of US

Wow, what an incredible experience. Pros: Bib-pickup is available on race-day, practically unheard of for large city marathons. Well organized event, with aid stations with water and gel packs through the course. Multiple start waves determined by your expected completion time. Unbelievable crowd support with spectators packed throughout the entire course cheering for you. Very flat course, with minor climb for the bridge. Cons: Marathon starts later in the day(10am start) than most others, so it could get hot toward the end.

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Stefano Bassi

If you are looking for a marathon with great crowds, easy access to the start and the finish and a good organisation this is the marathon you want to run. Great course, never boring and people everywhere. Expect to finish on a cloud with many cheers and people yelling your name. Aid stations are plenty available and good mix of water, isotonic and food. One of the few marathons I have run where you don't need to carry anything.

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Giovanni Berra
Country flag of IT

The organisation was perfect. Fan were fantastic and competition really tought. I love it. Also were very lucky with the weather that was perfect for running a Marathon.

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Robert Fey

Great atmosphere, ability for the supporters to stand on various locations along the route is easy to do.

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Results 2022: NN Marathon Rotterdam

11 Apr, 2022 (Mon)

NN Marathon Rotterdam Abdi Nageeye and Leul Gebreselassie finished the race in the same time of 02:04:56, sharing the victory. Kiprop Reuben Kipyego got the third place in 02:05:12. In the ladies race, it was Haven Hailu who took the top spot in 02:22:01 . She bested Nienke Brinkman who crossed the finish line 50 seconds behind her. Rounding out the top three was Zhanna Turi Mamazhanova with a time of 02:26:54. Top 5 Men 1 Abdi Nageeye 02:04:56 2 Leul Gebreselassie 02:04:56 3 Kiprop Reuben Kipyego 02:05:12 4 Bashir Abdi 02:05:23 5 Kenneth Kipkemoi 02:06:22 Top 5 Women 1 Haven Hailu 02:22:01 2 Nienke Brinkman 02:22:51 3 Zhanna Turi Mamazhanova 02:26:54 4 Munkhzaya Bayartsogt 02:29:25 5 Tristin Van Ord 02:29:32 Complete results 1/4 Marathon Rotterdam The victory went to Jasper Boot who crossed the finish line at 00:32:43. He finished 31 seconds ahead of Siebe Winter. Finishing third was Bart Van Trigt (00:33:15). In the women’s race, Marije Hijman claimed victory with a time of 00:38:08 , followed by Aline Kootstra who finished with a time of 00:38:33. While Kyra Meulenberg came in third at 00:39:26 Top 5 Men 1 Jasper Boot 00:32:43 2 Siebe Winter 00:33:14 3 Bart Van Trigt 00:33:15 4 Ton Hettema 00:33:32 5 Menno Wilhelm 00:33:45 Top 5 Women 1 Marije Hijman 00:38:08 2 Aline Kootstra 00:38:33 3 Kyra Meulenberg 00:39:26 4 Suzanne Brummel 00:39:27 5 Annemie Taljaard 00:41:03 Complete results
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