Men's Race: The TCS Amsterdam Marathon boasts an impressive roster this year, with nine elite runners having clocked under 2:05 in past marathons. Topping the list from Ethiopia are names like Birhanu Legese (2:02:48), Lemi Berhanu (2:04:33), Asrar Hiryden (2:04:43), Hailemaryam Kiros (2:04:43), and Bazezew Asmare (2:04:57). From Kenya, we have Bernard Koech (2:04:09), Joshua Belet (2:04:33), Cyprian Kotut (2:04:47), and Barselius Kipyego (2:04:48). These elites will aim to shatter Tamirat Tola's 2021 course record of 2:03:39.
A few highlights:
Also, watch out for Abdisa Tola, brother of champion Tamirat Tola, and Barselius Kipyego, who recorded his best in Paris.
Women's Race: The women's category is equally riveting, with three sub-2:20 marathoners headlining. Degitu Azmirew returns post-maternity, having recorded her personal best in London 2021. She's joined by Ethiopians Ashete Bekere, with her standout performance in Tokyo 2022, and Tiruye Mesfin, who showcased her skills in Valencia and Hamburg.
Other contenders include:
Lastly, given that the women’s course record has been broken thrice consecutively, all eyes will be on this year's edition to see if this streak continues. The record to beat is Almaz Ayana's 2:17:20 from last year.