Frankfurt am Main (Germany), Sunday 30 October 2016

Messe Frankfurt Gelände (Author: Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH,, public domain, photo cropped by


One of Germany's biggest and fastest marathon races is held annually in late October on the streets of Frankfurt am Main, a city of about 730,000 inhabitants, located in the heart of a densely-populated metropolitan area in central western Germany.

Last year, Sisay Lemma (2:06:26) and Gulume Tollesa (2:23:12), both of Ethiopia, led an international crowd of 11,166 marathon runners and 1,755 relay teams across the finish line.

Many runners have set a personal best time in the Frankfurt Marathon, although the course is not completely flat. The difference between the lowest and the highest point on the course is 27.8 metres.

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 is inside the Festhalle, a more-than-100-year-old multi-purpose hall with a magnificent steel-and-glass dome.


Country: Germany

Venue (Map): Frankfurt am Main

Date: 30 October 2016 (Sunday)

Start time and race distance:

  • 10.00:  42.2km
  • 10.30:  42.2km relay (four runners: ca. 12.9km+6.1km+9.5km+13.5km)

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

Finish: inside the Festhalle, Messe Frankfurt

Entries: online (up to 23 October 2016) or by post (up to 9 October 2016); late entries on 28 and 29 October 2016; no entries on the day

Entry limit (relay): 2,000 teams

Entry fees (42km): € 65/75/85/99 (up to 31 Dec 2015/30 June/9 Oct/29 Oct 2016)

Entry fees (relay teams): € 140/160/180 (up to 30 June/9 Oct/29 Oct 2016)

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

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

You get: breakfast run (5km, Saturday, 10.00), pasta party (Saturday, 13.30-19.00), goodie bag, refreshments on the course and at the finish, finisher medal, massage service, free use of public transport in the RMV region (Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund) on the day of the race, free entry to the 'Rebstockbad' swimming pool complex (on the day 9.00-20.00), certificate (by post)

Showers, changing facilities, bag storage: yes

Number of finishers 2015: 11,166 marathon runners and 1,755 relay teams

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