The Rotterdam Marathon, which took place for the first time in 1981, is known as one of the most outstanding running events in the world. According to insiders, both the view and the atmosphere are unrivalled. The marathon usually takes place in the month of April. Both the start and finish lines are situated on the Coolsingel, in front of the Town Hall. In 2018, however, the start was on the Schiedamsedijk, at the foot of the Erasmus Bridge, which yielded some fine pictures! Facts: In 2018, due to the reconstruction of the Coolsingel, the start of the Rotterdam Marathon was relocated from the Town Hall on the Coolsingel to the Vasteland at the foot of the Erasmus Bridge, making the Erasmus Bridge the symbol of the Rotterdam Marathon more than ever before. So far, 225,015 marathon runners have passed over the 800 metre-long bridge, that’s 450,030 feet. Based on an average step length of 80 centimetres, this amounts to 1,000 steps per runner. Then they come back, of course, which means that more than 450 million steps have been made on the bridge. This equals a distance of 360,024 kilometres, which is nine times around the world.
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