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TCS Amsterdam Marathon 2013 (38^ ed.). Sette siracusani della Podistica Amatori andranno alla conquista di AmsterdamIl prossimo 20 ottobre si svolgerà l'edizione 2013 della "TCS Amsterdam Marathon", popolarissima e super-frequentata maratona che giunge alla sua 38^ replica, Sono ben sette i siracusani della Podistica Amatori Siracusa che vi parteciperanno per andare "alla conquista di Amsterdam".


(Vincenzo Altamura) Quarantadue chilometri e 195 metri di corsa dentro e fuori Amsterdam: questa è la Maratona di Amsterdam TCS. Ogni anno migliaia di persone, tra professionisti e dilettanti, partecipano a questa gara straordinaria, famosa per il suo percorso veloce, ma anche molto bello.
La partenza e l'arrivo si svolgono nello Stadio Olimpico, con le tribune affollate: e questo è già di per sé un'esperienza indimenticabile.

Saranno sette i siracusani della Podistica Amatori Siracusa che domenica 20 si recheranno ad Amsterdam per la maratona. Stiamo parlando di (in ordine alfabetico)  Mariella AmatoFrancesco BurgioDino Di Stefano (che nel 2011 ha portato a termine la 100 km del Sole e ha partecipato nell'autunno successivo alla 24 ore del Sole di Palermo), Giuseppe FioritoManuela ParlatoAlfio Pulvirenti, Valentina Settineri; saranno tutti accompagnati dal coach Leonardo Vecchio.

Il percorso si snoda attraverso numerosi luoghi incantevoli, come l'Amstel Hotel e il Tropenmuseum, il meraviglioso parco Vondelpark, la piazza Leidseplein e lungo il fiume Amstel con i numerosi mulini a vento e le splendide vedute. Molto particolare è inoltre il fatto che i maratoneti passano sotto il Rijksmuseum.

La città vanta infatti la più alta densità di musei al mondo ed è un importante centro culturale, grazie tra gli altri al Museo Van Gogh, alla Casa di Anna Frank, alla sede locale dell'Hermitage e al Rijksmuseum, che custodisce il capolavoro di Rembrandt, La ronda di notte, conosciuto in tutto il mondo.
Tra gli altri luoghi di interesse ben noti di Amsterdam vi sono il Palazzo Reale, il Museo di Amsterdam, lo Zoo Artis, il Museo Storico Ebraico e la Casa di Rembrandt e il Museo di Van Gogh.

 

TCS Amsterdam Marathon historyDuring the 37th TCS Amsterdam Marathon in 2012 both course records were wiped from the books. Wilson Chebet came in three seconds under the old record and set the clock at 2.05.41. Meseret Hailu beat the record by almost a minute to 2.21.09. Michel Butter crowned his form with a wonderful time of 2.09.58. Despite the somewhat disappointing weather, there has been some very hard running in Amsterdam.

Wilson Chebet has won the TCS Amsterdam Marathon 2011 in 02.05.53. He was just nine seconds short of breaking last year’s course record. In the women’s category, Tiki Gelana broke the course record, which dated from 2002. She finished in the Olympic Stadium in 2.22.08. Lornah Kiplagat came in well below the limit for the Games in 02.25.52 and became the Dutch champion and came third in the women’s category. Michel Butter became the Dutch men’s champion in a personal best of 2.12.59.

A fantastic course record was run at the Amsterdam Marathon 2010. The Ethiopian athlete Getu Feleke ran 2.05.44. Debutant Wilson Chebet came second in a time of 2.06.12. In the women’s category Alice Timbilil won in 2.25.03. Ronald Schroër was the best Dutchman in 2.16.56 and Miranda Boonstra was the first Dutch woman in 2.34.24. There were a record number of entries for the Amsterdam Marathon this year. A huge 31,463 entries were received for the Le Champion event.

In 2009 the debutants ran a great race. Kenian Gilbert Yegon broke the course records which was held by Haile Gebrselassie since 2005 (2.06.20). His fellow countryman Elijah Keitany, who debuted as well, ran 2.06.41. In total there were five atletes who ran faster than 2.08. The women stayed together for a while, but finally Kuma was the fastest. Second became Woinshet Girma from Ethiopia as well. She ran 2.29.50. Third became the Dutch girl Hilda Kibet, who is the European cross country champion from 2008. She ran a personal best in 2.30.33. As the Amsterdam Marathon also was the Dutch Championship, Kibeet became national champion.

2008 will go down in the books as the edition with potential, but any chance of a fast finish was spoilt by a stiff headwind at the last section of the race. The Kenyan Paul Kiprop became the winner in 2.07.52, followed by the talented Ethiopian debutant Chala Dechase. The 2004 winner, the Kenyan Robert Cheboror was third. After a long injury, a move to Kenya and a change of trainer, The North-Hollander Hugo van den Broek returned to the road and was delighted with his 2.13.51. The women’s race was won by a newcomer to the marathon, Lydia Cheromei. The Kenyan ran 2.25.27, after a long absence from the competition scene due to the birth of her daughter.

The 32nd marathon in 2007 was a dream marathon. Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai amazed with his winning time of 2.06.29 – a mere nine seconds off the course record. No fewer than eleven athletes finished within the 2.10.00 time, with Kamiel crossing the line in a fantastic new Dutch record of 2.08.21. The women’s title went to Kenyan Magdaline Chemjor, with a superb time of 2.28.16 in her debut marathon.

In the 31st edition of this competition in 2006, the wind prevented fast running times among top runners, with an exceptionally exciting finish for the title among the men. Newcomer Solomon Bushendich (2.08.52) from Kenya defeated his fellow countryman Bernard Barmasai by just two seconds. Most noteworthy was the record number of participants, with over 22,057 runners from 63 different countries competing in the various distances.

On 16th October 2005, the 30th anniversary was made extra special with a record performance by the men for the third year running. None less than Haile Gebrselassie beat Robert Cheboror’s previous course record gained just a year ago by 3 seconds. The 31 year old Ethiopian’s record time of 2.06.20 was also the best gained worldwide in 2005, and takes tenth place in the all-time world rankings. Another highlight was the new record number of participants. No less than 19,900 runners from a total of 61 different countries took part in the various distances.

Robert Cheboror wrote history in 2004 by breaking Kipsang’s track record which has been set only the year before, finishing in 2.06.23. This time put him in third place in the world’s ranking of fastest runners in 2004, and tenth on the all-time world list. Another record that was broken was the number of participants in the marathon. Record figures for 2003 were shattered by an additional 4,000 runners appearing at the start, increasing the total number of participants to 15,926.

The 28th ING Marathon 2003 was a marathon in which many records were broken. With a finishing time of 2.08.31 Kamiel Maase impressively improved the old Dutch record set by Gerard Nijboer 23 years earlier. 26-year-old Kenyan athlete William Kipsang broke the track record with 2.06.39 to find himself in fourteenth place on the all-time world list. After dropping to fifth place in 2002, Amsterdam convincingly passed Rotterdam in 2003 to take fourth place on the world ranking of on average fastest marathon cities, and the highest ranking marathon in the Netherlands.

The tradition of fast times was continued in 2002 by no less than six competitors all running under 2.09.00. Winner was Benjamin Kimutai Kosgei from Kenya who finished in 2.07.26. Equally amazing was the track record for women run by Ethiopian Gete Wami (2.22.19) and the 40% increase in the number of participants, which exceeded 10,000 for the first time.

In response to requests from the many amateur runners who wanted to finish within a certain time limit, the organisation introduced a six-hour time limit for the full marathon in 2001. The finish venue in 2000, the Olympic Stadium also became the start venue in 2001. Thanks to the sports achievements of Frenchman Driss El Himer (2.07.02) and Josphat Kiprono (2.07.06) Amsterdam went up to number four on the world’s list of fastest marathon cities, again confirming Amsterdam’s growing importance since the late nineteen nineties.

In the run-up to its 25th anniversary, celebrations were put on hold when the marathon’s former sponsor decided to withdraw its support. Fortunately, the 2000 Amsterdam Marathon proved a successful continuation, organised by Stichting Sportevenementen Le Champion and sponsored by the Stichting Amsterdam Marathon which was founded that same year. For the first time since 1978 the renovated Olympic Stadium served as the finish venue, welcoming Javier Cortes from Spain as the winner, finishing at 2.08.57. The marathon attracted a record-breaking number of foreign participants. No less than 1,600 foreign runners confirmed Amsterdam’s international appeal, a number which since increased to 3,908 in 2004 (from 54 different countries).

The marathon remained on Dam square until 1989. Amsterdam’s new start and finish venue became Museumplein. Via the newly-constructed Amsterdam ArenA, the Amsterdam marathon finally returned to its former venue, the Olympic Stadium. Organised in November for the first time, the 1996 Amsterdam Marathon was a great success, only to improve in the years that followed. The still unknown Kenyan Joseph Chebet, who ran his first competition outside his home country in blustery weather conditions, presented Amsterdam once more with an acceptable time for men (2.10.57). He was followed by his fellow-countryman Sammy Korir, who won in both 1997 (2.08.24) and 1998 in (2.08.13). In that same year Amsterdam also saw its fastest number one in the history of women runners. Irish Catherina McKiernan ran a fabulous 2.22.23. An international breakthrough was the marathon of 1999 when no less than five athletes finished the 42.195 metres in under 2.10.00. Four even finished under 2.07.00. They were: Fred Kiprop (Kenya, 2.06.47), Tesfaye Jifar (Ethiopia, 2.06.49), William Kiplagat (Kenya, 2.06.50) and Tesfaye Tola (Ethiopia, 2.06.57), occupying respectively fifth, sixth, seventh and ninth places that year. These performances helped Amsterdam into the world’s top-ten list of best marathon cities (where it ranks number 7).

With the Olympic Stadium falling into disrepair, the marathon was relocated. ‘There was no marathon in 1978. After that we shifted the start and finish to the Dam’, says Wim Visser, who helped organise the marathon for many years. The Dam square was also the finish venue for one of Amsterdam’s most memorable marathons ever – the 1980 marathon. On 26 April of that year Gerard Nijboer joined the world’s top athletes and set a new Dutch record of 2.09.01. It was to remain the Dutch record for a staggering 23 years. It wasn’t just a European record, but also the second best time ever run anywhere in the world (beaten only by Australian Derek Clayton who, in 1969, finished at 2.08.34 in Antwerp).

The initiative to organise the Amsterdam Marathon was taken in 1974 by AV’23. The club quickly realised that it needed the help from other clubs to organise an event of this size. AV’23 found this support in Blauw Wit, Sagitta, ADA, ATOS and Startbaan. The first ING Amsterdam Marathon as we know it today was held on 3 May 1975. Start and finish were at the Olympic Stadium. The first marathon was won by Joergen Jensen from Denmark who ran the distance in 2.16.51. A year later Karel Lismont, European champion (Helsinki, 1971) and second a the Munich Olympic Games (1972) came to Amsterdam. The small, indomitable athlete, still regarded in Belgium as the best marathon runner ever born on its soil, won in extremely hot weather conditions. Another legend, Bill Rodgers, came to Amsterdam a year later. The American, who had won the Boston marathon in 1975, finished first in an unbeatable 2.09.55.

On 5 August 1928 Boughèra Mohamed El Ouafi won the Amsterdam Olympic marathon, finishing in 2.32.57. Celebrating its 32nd anniversary this year, the annual Amsterdam Marathon will once again finish at the Olympic Stadium. While the time run by El Ouafi, whose coach gave him ten guilders and told him to ‘go and have a good time in Amsterdam’, is no longer cause for commotion, the marathon phenomenon still appeals to millions of people. After Enschede, Amsterdam has the oldest marathon in the Netherlands.

Only a few runners won the marathon more than once. They were Gerard Nijboer (Holland, 4x), Cor Vriend (Holland, 2x), Sammy Korir (Kenya, 2x), Ferenc Szekeres (Hungary, 2x) for the men and Plonie Scheringa (Holland, 2x) and Marja Wokke (Holland, 2x) for the women.

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  • Mi chiamo Maurizio Crispi. Sono un runner con oltre 200 tra maratone e ultra: ancora praticante per leisure, non gareggio più. Da giornalista pubblicista, oltre ad alimentare questa pagina collaboro anche con altre testate non solo sportive.
  • Mi chiamo Maurizio Crispi. Sono un runner con oltre 200 tra maratone e ultra: ancora praticante per leisure, non gareggio più. Da giornalista pubblicista, oltre ad alimentare questa pagina collaboro anche con altre testate non solo sportive.



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DSC04695.jpegPerchè ho dato alla mia pagina questo titolo?

Volevo mettere assieme deio temi diversi eppure affini: prioritariamente le ultramaratone (l'interesse per le quali porta con sè ad un interesse altrettanto grande per imprese di endurance di altro tipo, riguardanti per esempio il nuoto o le camminate prolungate), in secondo luogo le maratone.

Ma poi ho pensato che non si poteva prescindere dal dare altri riferimenti come il podismo su altre distanze, il trail e l'ultratrail, ma anche a tutto ciò che fa da "alone" allo sport agonistico e che lo sostanzia: cioè, ho sentito l'esigenza di dare spazio a tutto ciò che fa parte di un approccio soft alle pratiche sportive di lunga durata, facendoci rientrare anche il camminare lento e la pratica della bici sostenibile. Secondo me, non c'è possibilità di uno sport agonistico che esprima grandi campioni, se non c'è a fare da contorno una pratica delle sue diverse forme diffusa e sostenibile. 

Nei "dintorni" della mia testata c'è dunque un po' di tutto questo: insomma, tutto il resto.

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Come nasce questa pagina?

DSC04709.jpeg_R.jpegL'idea motrice di questo nuovo web site è scaturita da una pagina Facebook che ho creato, con titolo simile ("Ultramaratone, maratone e dintorni"), avviata dall'ottobre 2010, con il proposito di dare spazio e visibilità  ad una serie di materiali sul podismo agonistico e non, ma anche su altri sport, che mi pervenivano dalle fonti più disparate e nello stesso tempo per avere un "contenitore" per i numerosi servizi fotografici che mi capitava di realizzare.

La pagina ha avuto un notevole successo, essendo di accesso libero per tutti: dalla data di creazione ad oggi, sono stati più di 64.000 i contatti e le visite.

L'unico limite di quella pagina era nel fatto che i suoi contenuti non vengono indicizzati su Google e in altri motori di ricerca e che, di conseguenza, non risultava agevole la ricerca degli articoli sinora pubblicati (circa 340 alla data - metà aprile 2011 circa - in cui ho dato vita a Ultrasport Maratone e dintorni).

Ho tuttavia lasciato attiva la pagina FB come contenitore dei link degli articoli pubblicati su questa pagina web e come luogo in cui continuerò ad aprire le gallerie fotografiche relative agli eventi sportivi - non solo podistici - che mi trovo a seguire.

L'idea, in ogni caso, è quella di dare massimo spazio e visibilità non solo ad eventi di sport agonistico ma anche a quelli di sport "sostenibile" e non competitivo...

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