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20th anniversary race in Cologne on October 2, 2016


Dear journalists,


The RheinEnergieMarathon Cologne will celebrate its 20th anniversary on October 2, 2016.
Please find detailed information on the race and the city:
a promotional text (see below), an image film, impressions and touristic data. Feel free to use them for your broadcasts and articles.


In case you would like to participate in the race free of charge please let me know.

Should you have any further question please do not hesitate to contact me.



Kind regards from Cologne

Jan Broniecki




20 years of RheinEnergieMarathon in Cologne

In 1997 the successful story directly began with a world record: At that time no other marathon before had more than 13,000 registered runners taking part in the premier edition.
The finish line next to Cologne Cathedral, a course leading through numerous famous city quarters, the city’s cultural diversity and its carnivalistic atmosphere with thousands of spectators along the course make the RheinEnergieMarathon Cologne to one of most outstanding marathons in the world.


In 2006 the half marathon distance was added to the portfolio and since then has developped to Germany’s number 2. Further, the relay marathon where four runners share the 42 k is offered.
Therefore, it does not have to be a full marathon to enjoy the special atmosphere in Cologne.


Professional and amateur runners, “Rhenanian cheerfulness” and top athetes’ ambitions, carnival costumes and functional clothings will finally mix up and merge into a great birthday party after the race.

Your Cologne. Your aim.


Registration numbers on April 19, 2016:

  • Marathon: 3,225 (+32% to previous year)
  • Half marathon: 5,436 (+17%)
  • Relay marathon: 712 (178 teams) (+15%)
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