Sunday 29 September 2024

Statue of Hans Christian Andersen at the cathedral of Odense in Denmark (Author: Alf van Beem / / CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication / photo modified by


The H.C. Andersen Marathon takes place every year in Odense, Denmark's third-largest city with a population of over 180,000 people, situated on the Baltic Sea island of Fyn (English: Funen).

The event is held in honour of Odense's most famous son, the writer and poet Hans Christian Andersen, author of many well-known fairy tales such as ‘The Little Mermaid’ or ‘The Princess and the Pea’.

Four races are available—a 4.2km run for young athletes (17 years and under), a 10km race, a 21.1km half marathon and a 42.2km marathon.

The full marathon is two laps of an accurately-measured, traffic-free and mainly-flat course.

Starting at the Odense Idrætspark (Odense Sports Center) in the western part of the city, the circular route takes the runners through residential and green areas, through the historic city centre and around the port.

The finishing line is on the athletics track of the Odense Atletikstadion (near the start).

More than 4,600 runners took part in the event in 2023.


Map of the venue:


24. HCA Marathon:


  • 29 September 2024 (Sunday)

Start time:

  • 10.00:
    • 10km: Løb de sidste 10 (Run the last 10k)
    • 21.1km: 1/2 Marathon (run or walk)
    • 42.2km: Marathon
  • 14.00:
    • 4.2km: MiniMarathon

Start area:

  • Odense Idrætspark (Odense Sports Center), Højstrupvej 5

Finish area:

  • Odense Atletikstadion (Odense Athletic Stadium)

Event website:


Number of finishers:

  4.2km 10km 21.1km 42.2km
2023 248 621 2,780 993
2022 202 528 1,844 870
2021 191 392 1,617 880
2020 --- --- --- ---
2019 333 732 2,905 1,239
2018 282 678 2,758 1,146


No guarantee is made as to the accuracy or thoroughness of the information on this page.