Sunday 25 September 2022

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 about 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 5,000 runners took part in the event in 2019.


Map of the venue:


22. HCA Marathon:


  • 25 September 2022 (Sunday)

Start time:

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

Start area:

  • 10km:
    • Flakhaven (in the city centre)
  • 4.2km, 21.1km, 42.2km:
    • Odense Idrætspark (Odense Sports Center), Højstrupvej 5

Finish area:

  • all races:
    • Odense Atletikstadion (Odense Athletic Stadium)

Event website:


Number of finishers:

  • 2021:
    • 4.2km: 191
    • 10km: 392
    • 21.1km: 1,617
    • 42.2km: 880
  • 2020:
    • Event cancelled
  • 2019:
    • 4.2km: 333
    • 10km: 732
    • 21.1km: 2,905
    • 42.2km: 1,239
  • 2018:
    • 4.2km: 282
    • 10km: 678
    • 21.1km: 2,758
    • 42.2km: 1,146


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