The Amsterdam Marathon isn't just a race, it is a cultural lesson. That has never been more apparent than it is this year.
New to this year's marathon is the course incorporating the Rijksmuseum. Runners will go underneath the museum through the passage that connects the Amsterdam city-center with its southern parts.
The fact that this new part of the route helps incorporate a little culture is no coincidence.
The event's official website passed along this quote from Le Champion director Simone Richardson: "We have spent years working to bridge the gap between sport and culture in Amsterdam."
This is a nice showcase for not just the marathon but the newly renovated and reopened museum.
Take a look at the vitals for this event, and then we'll continue the preview:
Date: Sunday, October 20
Start Time: 3:30 a.m. ET
TV Coverage: EuroSport 2 will broadcast the race live.
The race has a decidedly Olympics feel as it begins and ends at the historic Olympic Stadium.
Along with the stadium and the Rijksmuseum, this 26.2-mile run takes the runners past, among other places, Vondel Park and the Amstel River.
Feel free to view the whole route at the race's official site.
Of course, this marathon is about more than just a nice stroll through Amsterdam. This is a serious race.
2013 marks the 38th installment of this race, and it is growing. As the official website notes, over 40,000 runners are expected for this year's race, and that will set a new high for the Amsterdam Marathon.
Last year, Kenyan Wilson Chebet won the men's competition with a time of two hours, five minutes and 41 seconds.
On the women's side, Ethiopian Meseret Hailu with a time of 2:21:09.
This event should he hotly contested by top runners from around the world. The official website estimates that of the 40,000 runners, over 40 percent will come from other countries.
With the incorporation of the museum and the fact that the country is celebrating the 400th anniversary of Amsterdam's canals, this race should be buzzing at a whole new level.