Spectators and entertainment
The Dam tot Damloop could never have become one of the largest running events in the world without the great atmosphere that is created by the more than 250,000 spectators each year. The event is not only fun for the runners, but also for anyone who wants to experience the unique atmosphere of the Dam tot Damloop.
Cheering the runners
At the start, along the track and at the finish, you cheer the thousands of runners passionately throughout the day. Encouragement that runners deserve like no other, because running the Dam tot Damloop is anything but easy, in fact it’s a great achievement. It’s great to attend one of the starts to give the runners some encouragement for along the way.
- 10 English Mile: Prins Hendrikkade Amsterdam (Sunday 10.19 – 14.55 uur);
- Damloop by night 5 English Mile: Vermiljoenweg Zaandam (Saturday 19.30 – 20.50 uur)
- Mini Dam tot Damlopen Zaandam: De Burcht Zaandam (Sunday 9.30 – 10.30 uur);
- Mini Dam tot Damlopen Molenwijk: Molenwijk Amsterdam-Noord (Sunday 9.30 – 9.40 uur).
After the start you can move to a spot along the course. Both the residents in Zaandam and Amsterdam-Noord make this a truly amazing happening every year. Streets are decorated with streamers, banners and balloons, and on on Saturday evening atmospheric lighting and many people make spontaneous music. There is also live music at over 30 locations of the event.
For both the runners and the spectators the climax is reached at the finish! What could be better than welcoming the runners after they have completed their glorious achievement, and celebrate in the Dam tot Dam Park.
- 10 Engslish Mile: Peperstraat Zaandam (11.10 – 17.00);
- Damloop by night 5 English Mile: Gerhardstraat Zaandam (19.48 – 22.00).
Dam tot Dam Park
If you would like to meet participants after the finish to celebrate the great performance, then visit the Dam tot Dam Park (Burgemeester in ‘t Veldpark). Here you can visit live music performances.
Dam tot Dam Fan Square
An ideal location to support the runners just before the finish is the Dam tot Dam Fan Square. The runners of the 10 Mile pass this square near the Zaanse Dam between 11.00 and 17.00. At the Fan Square you can also enjoy a snack and drink while listening to the Sky Radio Drive-in Show. During the run on Sunday there is also a large video screen on which the live broadcoast of RTV NH is shown.
Party in the Molenwijk
The Molenwijk in Amsterdam-Noord is completely taken over by the annual Dam tot Dam events on the weekend of 19 and 20 September. Thousands of walking or running participants pass through the neighbourhood. The combined groups of residents of Oostzanerwerf organise, in close collaboration with the district Amsterdam-Noord, Combiwel Amsterdam and Le Champion, a festive reception when the participants pass through the neighbourhood.
In and around Zaandam
There is a lot to do during the Dam tot Damloop in and around Zaandam. In the festive atmosphere, participants and their supporters can enjoy the music, the cafés and shops that are open on this day in the town centre. You can make a festive weekend of it. By for example, taking a boat trip or bike to see the watery landscape of the Zaan district or by going to see the Zaanse Schans. Did you know that the Zaan district has 400 kilometres of cycling routes and that it is full of beautiful industrial buildings? Visit www.zaanstreek.nl to find the tourist attractions.
Amsterdam has much more to offer than only the Dam tot Damloop. Combine running in Amsterdam with a visit to one or more of these wonderful tourist attractions. A cruise through the canals by boat or pedalo, a walk along the unique canals, a look at the red light district, the majestic Dam, contemporary shopping in the Kalverstraat or browsing in the Negen Straatjes, a visit to the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh Museum, a break on a terrace in Leidseplein or taste the typical Amsterdam atmosphere in the one and only Jordaan. For more information visit: www.iamsterdam.com.
Dam to Dam live on NH
Once again this year, the Dam tot Damloop will be broadcasted live by NH on Sunday from 10.00 to 17.00. The broadcast begins with the race runners. After that, particular attention is paid to the recreational participants and the festivities along the course. This is repeated in the evening and in the days after the Dam tot Damloop. Also NOS Studio Sport will broadcast the 10 Mile race.