• Free Friday Night Run2nd Friday of the month – This is not a race, but a free 1-hour or 45 minute run led by pace setters and organized by Phanos.  Pacers will set the tempo for a 1-hour run from 9 km/hr to 13 km/hr.  For starters, there is a group of 40 – 45 minutes at an easy pace.  Meet at 7:30 inside the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam Oud-Zuid.  Afterward, stay for a drink at the Phanos club house.  Laurie and Peter from the House of Running are usually pace setters.  Join in!  It’s fun!
  • RokjesdagloopBeginning of April – A 5 or 10 km run just for ladies, plus a 1 km family run in the Amsterdam Science Park.  It’s great fun for all types of runners–starters, occasional runners, experienced runners, etc.
  • Leiden Marathon – End of May –  Starting in the picturesque city center of Leiden, this race is a charmer.  There is a marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K race.  The locals hang out outside their homes to cheer you on as you go by, and there is plenty to see along the way to keep you interested.
  • MarikenloopEnd of May – Ladies, here’s another race for you.  there is a 5K and 10K distance.  The places sell out quickly, so sign up early.  Many ladies also choose to run this race for charity.
  • Dam tot DamloopEnd of September – The biggest running event in the Netherlands!  This event is loads of fun and full of lots of entertainment.  It has a few distances to choose from.  10 miles is the popular choice, but there is also a 4 mile run.  Places sell out in a matter of minutes, so if you want a spot, you must act fast, join a running club, join a charity, or create a business team with your colleagues.
  • Amsterdam MarathonEnd of October – At this event you have your choice of a full marathon, half marathon, or 8 km race.  Runners finish in the grand 1928 Olympic Stadium, making everyone feel like a winner.  This is a great event to try!
  • VUmc gebouwenloopEnd of October – This event has a 5 and 10K run, plus a 1.2 km kid’s run.  This unique course takes you through buildings and up and down stairs of the VU medical center to raise money for Leukemia research.
  • Olympic StadionloopMid November – A 5 or 10K race from the Olympic stadium and back, taking you to the scenic Amsterdamse Bos.  If you missed the Olympic Stadium finish at the Amsterdam Marathon, here’s another opportunity for an Olympic-style moment.
  • ZevenheuvelenloopMid November – They say there are seven hills, but we counted less.  Either way, it’s a beautiful course along a winding road, exploring both city and nature.  This is one of the only 15K races in the Netherlands and places go very quickly.
  • Egmond Half MarathonMid January – An absolute all time favorite!  This race gives you beach, dunes, and plenty of challenge.  There is a half and quarter marathon distance.  You must travel by train and then bus to get to the small beach town of Egmond aan Zee, but it’s well worth the trip. (pictured above)
  • VondelparkloopLate January – This race adds some spice to your regular Vondelpark strolls.  You have the choice of running 3 km, 6.7 km, or 10 km. It’s well organized and brings a nice crowd of people.  In 2013, it was a beautiful wintery run through the snow-covered park.  It’s a great local race, one you’d surely enjoy!
  • Groet Uit SchoorlMid February –  This race has a 10K, half marathon or 30K distance.  In mid February, expect chilly weather and snow on the ground.  This course wraps thorough the hills and dunes of the beach town Schoorl, a beautiful place.  If you don’t mind the cold and like a bit of a challenge, you’ll love this race! (pictured below)


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Laurie Villarreal

Laurie’s an accomplished endurance athlete and has been running since 1998. She’s the founder of House of Running and a professional Running Coach, a certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, and Health & Wellness Coach. Laurie’s trained and worked with nearly 1000 runners since 2010. She’s a master in her field with over 10,000 hours of run coaching experience. Laurie helps ambitious professionals make running part of their healthy lifestyle through on-on-one online coaching and fun group training programs. She has a unique holistic approach to running, helping her runners think beyond running to realize their running dreams. Click here to find out how to work with Laurie in one-on-one online coaching.

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