Frankfurt am Main (Germany), Sunday 26 October 2014

 Kolorierte Postkarte zur Eröffnungsfeier der Frankfurter Festhalle, 1908 (image from: Wikimedia Commons / This image is in the public domain because its copyright has expired.  This applies to Australia, the European Union and those countries with a copyright term of life of the author plus 70 years.)


The Frankfurt Marathon is one of Germany's biggest and fastest marathon races, held annually in late October on the streets of Frankfurt am Main, a city of 700,000 inhabitants, located in the heart of a densely-populated metropolitan area in central western Germany.

Last year, 11,000 marathon runners and 1,500 relay teams finished the race, led home by Vincent Kipruto (2:06:15) and Caroline Kirel (2:22:34), both of Kenya.

The route begins and ends at the Messe Frankfurt, the world's second-largest trade fair grounds, situated around two kilometres west of the historic city centre. The finish line is inside the Festhalle, a more-than-100-year-old multi-purpose hall with a magnificent steel-and-glass dome (pictured).

Many runners have set a personal best time in the Frankfurt Marathon as the route is mostly flat and fast with a difference of about 28 metres between the lowest and the highest point on the course. The time limit to finish the race is six hours.


Country: Germany

Venue (Map): Frankfurt am Main

Date: 26 October 2014 (Sunday)

Race distance: 42.2km; 42.2km relay (4 runners: ca. 12+7+9.5+13.5km)

Start time: 10.00 (42.2km); 10.30 (42.2km relay)

Start: on Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage at the Frankfurt Trade Fair grounds (Messe Frankfurt)

Finish: inside the Festhalle, Messe Frankfurt

Entries: online or by post, fax, or e-mail (up to 5 Oct 2014); late entries on 24 and 25 Oct 2014; no entries on the day

Entry fees (42km): between € 55 and € 100, depending on the date of payment

Entry fees (relay): between € 140 and € 180 per team

Timekeeping: ChampionChip — use your own chip, rent a chip (€ 6) or buy a chip (€ 31)

Race centre: 'Marathonmall', Messe Frankfurt (Friday 12.00-19.00; Saturday 10.00-19.00; on the day 7.00-9.30)

You get: pasta party (on Saturday); goodie bag; finisher medal; massage service; free entry to the 'Rebstockbad' swimming pool complex (on the day 9.00-20.00); free use of public transport in the RMV (Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund) region on the day of the race; results and certificate by post

Showers, changing facilities, baggage storage: yes

Number of finishers 2013: 10999 marathon runners and 1518 relay teams

Event website:


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