Cologne (Germany), Sunday 2 October 2016

Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom), Germany - Author: Schweinepeterle / / public domain / photo modified by


Cologne, this vibrant one-million city on the River Rhine, is not only home to Germany's largest carnival (the Kölner Karneval) as well as to Germany's most visited sight (the Kölner Dom), it also plays host to one of the biggest running events in the country, the Köln Marathon.

Last year, more than 10,000 runners took part in the 21.1km half marathon, the most popular of the races on offer. About 4,400 individual runners and more than 600 relay teams ran the 42.2km marathon.

The event is well known for its cheerful atmosphere and its excellent crowd support.

Starting in Köln-Deutz on the right bank of the Rhine, the marathon takes the runners at first westwards to the city centre and then to the southern, western and northern parts of Cologne. The finish line is at the imposing Cathedral in the heart of the city. The course is mostly flat.


Country: Germany

Venue (Map): Köln (Frankfurt 191km, Brussels 213km, Amsterdam 265km, Berlin 581km)

Date: 2 October 2016 (Sunday)

Race distance: 21.1km, 42.2km, 42.2km relay (teams of four runners)

Start time: 8.30 (21km), 10.00 (42km)

Time limit: 3 hours (21km), 6 hours (42km)

Start area: Opladener Straße, Ottoplatz

Finish area: Komödienstraße

Entries: online; late entries on 30 September and 1 October 2016

Entry limit: 15,000 runners (21km); 15,000 runners (42km); 1,000 relay teams

Entry fees (up to 31 Dec 2015/31 March/30 June/15 Sep/1 Oct 2016):

  • 21km: € 44/48/52/56/60
  • 42km: € 66/75/80/85/111
  • relay teams: € 135/145/155/165/180

Timekeeping: ChampionChip — use your own chip, rent a chip or buy a chip

Race centre: Running Expo, Girlitzweg 30 (30 Sep 2016, 10.00-20.00; 1 Oct 2016, 9.00-18.00)

You get: a backpack, a beer glass, transport of personal clothing from the start to the finish area, refreshments on the course and at the finish, finisher medal, massage service, voucher for a drink after the race

Showers and changing facilities: yes

Number of finishers 2015: 10,712 (21km); 4,373 (42km); 607 teams (42km relay)

Event website:


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