Sunday 17 October 2021

Dresden, Germany (Photo: Copyright © 2014 Hendrik Böttger /


Held annually in October in Dresden, capital of the state of Sachsen (Saxony) in eastern Germany, the Dresden Marathon offers four very scenic races:

  • 4.2km
  • 10km
  • 21.1km half marathon
  • 42.2km marathon

All races begin and end on the northern edge of the city centre, one of Germany's most popular tourist destinations.

Participants in the 4.2km and 10km races run on roads and bike paths along the Elbe river, passing a number of monumental historic buildings (pictured).

The half marathon is one lap and the full marathon is two laps of a mainly flat course which runs along the river, through the city centre and through the beautiful Großer Garten park.

The second lap of the marathon is a bit different from the first lap. Approximately two kilometres of the marathon route are run on cobbles or on gravel.


Update 2021:

The Dresden Marathon 2021 has been cancelled. Instead, there will be an Elbe-Brücken-Lauf (‘Elbe Bridge Run’) featuring a 10.5km-Lauf (quarter marathon, one lap) and a 21.1km Halbmarathon (half marathon, two laps). The start/finish area will be at the Schillergarten restaurant at the Blaues Wunder bridge, five kilometres east of Dresden's historic centre. The races will be run along both banks of the Elbe.


Map of the venue:


22. Dresden Marathon:


  • 17 October 2021 (Sunday) - Cancelled!

Event website:


22. Dresden Marathon:


  • 18 October 2020 (Sunday) - Cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions.


21. Dresden Marathon:


  • 27 October 2019 (Sunday)

Start time and race distance:

  • 9.30:
    • 4.2km Zehntelmarathon (1/10 marathon)
  • 10.00:
    • 10km Lauf (10k race)
  • 10.30:
    • 21.1km Halbmarathon (half marathon)
    • 42.2km Marathon

Time limit:

  • 5 hours 30 minutes (42.2km)

Start area:

  • Pieschener Allee (ca. 700m from the finish area)

Finish area:

  • at the Maritim Hotel Dresden


No guarantee is made as to the accuracy or thoroughness of the information on this page. Please visit the official event website to verify the above information.