Leipzig (Germany), Sunday 24 April 2016

Leipzig Marathon - the route passes the Augustusplatz in the city centre (Copyright © 2015 Hendrik Böttger / runinternational.eu)


Held in Leipzig, a dynamic and very green city of about 550,000 people in Germany's state of Saxony, the Leipzig Marathon is a long-standing and well-attended event.

Now in its 40th year, the race has welcomed many international top runners, among them former world record holder Tegla Loroupe of Kenya and Leipzig-born Uta Pippig, three-time winner of the marathons in Boston and Berlin.

In addition to the 42.2km marathon the event offers various races for runners of all ages and abilities — a kids' run, a 4k fun run and walk, a 10k, a half marathon, and a marathon relay. Furthermore, it features half marathon races for inline skaters and for wheelchair and handbike racers.

All races begin and end at the modern football arena in the Sportforum complex, which is situated approximately 2km to the west of the historic centre.

The marathon is two laps of an AIMS/IAAF-certified course. The route is mostly flat and fast with hardly any twists and turns, and it passes many of Leipzig's most interesting sights, for instance the Augustusplatz in the city centre (pictured above).

In 2015, the fastest marathon finishers were Tekalegn Tebelu Abebe of Ethiopia (2hr 21min 53sec) and Juliane Meyer of Germany (2hr 57min 35sec). The time limit to complete the first lap is 2hr 45min (2hr 25min for relay teams).


Völkerschlachtdenkmal, Leipzig, Germany (Copyright © 2012 Hendrik Böttger)


The marathon route passes the Völkerschlachtdenkmal, a 91m-high monument erected in 1913 to commemorate Napoleon's defeat in the ‘Battle of the Nations’ near Leipzig 100 years earlier.


Country: Germany

Venue (Map): Leipzig (Dresden 114km, Berlin 190km, Prague 260km, Munich 431km)

Date: 24 April 2016 (Sunday)

Race distance: 4km (fun run and walk), 10km (run and walk), 21.1km, 42.2km, 42.2km relay (9km+12.1km+9km+12.1km), children's race, children's team marathon; 21.1km inline skating, 21.1km wheelchair/handcycling race

Start time (runners): 10.00 (42km), 10.20 (42km relay), 10.50 (children's team marathon), 11.00 (4km), 12.00 (kids' run), 12.45 (21km); 13.45 (10km)

Start and finish: Am Sportforum, Leipzig

Race centre: Sportwissenschaftliche Fakultät, Universität Leipzig, Jahnallee 59, Leipzig (Saturday 10.00-20.00; on the day 8.00-17.00)

Entries: online or by fax (up to 3 April 2016); late entries on the day (entries to the 42km marathon close on Saturday 23 April 2016)

Entry fees:

  • 4km: € 6/8/11/13 (up to 29 Nov 2015/31 Jan/3 Apr/24 Apr 2016)
  • 10km: € 10/15/20 (up to 29 Nov 2015/3 Apr/24 Apr 2016)
  • 21km: € 25/30/35/40 (up to 29 Nov 2015/31 Jan/3 Apr/24 Apr 2016)
  • 42km: € 30/40/50/55 (up to 29 Nov 2015/31 Jan/3 Apr/23 Apr 2016)
  • 42km relay: € 50/60/70/80 (up to 29 Nov 2015/31 Jan/3 Apr/23 Apr 2016)

Timekeeping (10km, 21km, 42km): bib chip timing (included in the entry fees)

You get (10km, 21km, 42km): chip timing, snacks and drinks on the course and at the finish, finisher medal, massage service; tram tickets for relay runners; entrants can order a technical T-shirt for € 15

Prizes (10km, 21km, 42km): to the first 3 M/F

Showers, changing facilities, supervised bag storage: yes

Number of finishers 2015: 1595 (10km), 2361 (21km), 619 (42km)

Event website: www.leipzigmarathon.de


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