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FAQ
Answers to your questions and information about our race

Here please find the FAQ - the most important information for our event. Please read the following lines thoroughly, particularly prior to your start. Thus we answer most of your questions and you will be well prepared and informed for the race.

By clicking on the navigation at the top you may scroll to one of these categories; there you will find more information.

Prior to the race

Journey & parking

The easiest way to go to the marathon expo is via busses or suburban VRS railway as downtown Cologne will already be closed on Saturday:

 

KVB Busses

lines 140, 141 and 143, exit at Technologiepark

 

Approx. 5 minutes walking via Girlitzweg (parallelly to the railroad to the West) to the expo in Wassermannhalle.

 

 

suburban VRS railway (S-Bahn)
lines S 13 and 19, exit at Köln-Müngersdorf/Technologiepark.

 

Approx. 5 minutes walking via Girlitzweg (parallelly to the railroad to the West) to the expo in Wassermannhalle.

 

KVB-VRS-Streckenplan mit SonderfahrplanDownload VRS map

 

 

Deutsche Bahn trains
diverse lines, exit at Cologne Main Station (Köln Hauptbahnhof), change to the suburban VRS railway (lines S 13, S 19 towards Düren/Horrem), exit at Köln-Müngersdorf/Technologiepark.

 

Approx. 5 minutes walking via Girlitzweg (parallelly to the railroad to the West) to the expo in Wassermannhalle.

The easiest way to access the race area is via bus, tram or suburban railway on race day.

 

You may use your bib number in combination with your personal ID card as a day ticket within the entire Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Sieg (VRS) area.

 

Further, you will find a voucher on your bib number containing another ticket for an adult person and two children (till the age of 14).

 

 

local KVB trams
KVB lines 1, 3, 4 and 9, exit at Bahnhof Deutz/Messe, Bahnhof Deutz/Lanxess arena, Koelnmesse or Deutzer Freiheit (NOTE: beware of a special schedule on race day!)

 

Walking distance to the starting area at Ottoplatz/Opladener Straße

 

 

suburban VRS railway (S- Bahn)
lines S6, S11, S12 and S13, exit at Köln Messe/Deutz

 

Walking distance to the starting area at Ottoplatz/Opladener Straße

 

KVB-VRS-Streckenplan mit SonderfahrplanDownload VRS map

 


Deutsche Bahn trains
diverse lines, exit at Köln Messe/Deutz (approx. 2 minutes walking) or Cologne Main Station (Köln Hauptbahnhof) (approx. 15 minutes walking via Hohenzollernbrücke to the starting area)

Limited parking space is available next to Wassermannhalle

 

access the parking area

  • from North/South/West: Militäring exit at Ehrenfeld/Bickendorf to Widdersdorfer Straße and then to Girlitzweg
  • from downtown: Innere Kanalstraße to Weinsbergstraße to Widdersdorfer Straße and then to Girlitzweg

 

Go to the end of Girlitzweg; you will find the parking area after a right hand bend.

 

For your navigation system: Wassermannhalle at the EnergyDome

Position: 50°56’58.65″ N, 6°52’39.31″ E

 

Route planner: Go to the expo

Parking space available:

  • limited parking space at parking area (Parkplatz) P22 (direktly underneath distributor road to Zoobrücke) free of charge for participants
  • access via Zoobrücke/highway (Autobahn) A4 and via Pfälzischer Ring towards Mülheim
  • shuttle service free of charge between 7:00 a. m. and approx. 5:00 p. m. towards the starting area (exit at Charles-de-Gaulle-Platz) and return.

 

For your navigation system: Pfälzischer Ring, 50829 Köln

Position: 50°56’47.40″ N, 6°59’26.42″ E

 

Route planner: Go to parking area P22

 

 

Further parking space with costs available in the car parks of LANXESS Arena (EUR 5.50 – Arena rate).

Hotels

Hotels English

 

In the “Discover Cologne” section you may find some hotels of different categories, strategically based to our race.

 

Go and book here.

Discover Cologne

Discover Cologne

 

Our race will take place at a prolongated weekend. The following Monday will be a national holiday, the Day of German Reunion.

So why not stay longer in town and get to know our city, the local and our culture.

 

The motto is: “Discover Cologne“!

Trade fair

On Friday and Saturday, September 30 and October 1, the sports trade fair Running.EXPO will take place and be free of charge. The new location will be Wassermannhalle (map and hall plan) based in the West of Cologne in the industrial estate between the city quarters Vogelsang and Müngersdorf.

 

Here you will get your personal bib number, your kit bag, your participant shirt (if ordered) and all important information for race day.

 

 

Please bring along your confirmation of participation with the QR code which you will receive approx. 1 week before race day via email.
Should you be prevented for any reason, please forward this confirmation to any fellow runner who may pick up your race packet on behalf of you.

 

Besides more than 100 exhibitors will present their versatile offers from the fields of running: sports garment, health, nutrition, wellness as well as current trends from the fitness sector. Benefit from special expo bids and look forward to diversified side-events including child care.

 

Dokument Messepläne: Lage- und Hallenplan

We recommend the pick-up of the race packets during the green hours (based on 2015):

 

Marathon

Friday open 10:00 a. m. – 8:00 p. m.Saturday open 9:00 a. m. – 6:00 p. m.
Abholzeiten Startunterlagen Marathon Freitag ENAbholzeiten Startunterlagen Marathon Samstag EN

 

 

Half marathon

Friday open 10:00 a. m. – 8:00 p. m.Saturday open 9:00 a. m. – 6:00 p. m.
Abholzeiten Startunterlagen Halbmarathon Freitag ENAbholzeiten Startunterlagen Halbmarathon Samstag EN

 

 

Relay teams

Friday open 10:00 a. m. – 8:00 p. m.Saturday open 9:00 a. m. – 6:00 p. m.
Abholzeiten Startunterlagen Firmenstaffel Freitag EN Abholzeiten Startunterlagen Firmenstaffel Samstag EN

 

 

Kids run (pick-up on Saturday not on the expo!)

Friday open 10:00 a. m. – 8:00 p. m.Saturday on-site! 9:00 – 10:30 a. m.
empfohlene Abholzeiten Kinderlauf Freitagempfohlene Abholzeiten Kinderlauf Samstag

 

 

School marathon (pick-up not on the expo!)

Tuesday open 9:00 a. m. – 5:30 p. m.
empfohlene Abholzeiten Schulmarathon Dienstag

Friday, September 30, 2016, 10:00 a. m. to 8:00 p. m. in Wassermannhalle/expo tent

  • trade fair 2016 Running.EXPO
  • live bib number printing on-site
  • pasta party 11:30 a. m. to 5:00 p. m. in the expo café
  • child care by RheinEnergie
  • massage offers by PhysioCum Laude

 

Saturday, October 1, 2016, 9:00 a. m. to 6:00 p. m. in Wassermannhalle/expo tent

  • trade fair 2016 Running.EXPO
  • live bib number printing on-site
  • pasta party 11:30 a. m. to 5:00 p. m. in the expo café
  • child care by RheinEnergie
  • massage offers by PhysioCum Laude

 

Please find further expo information here.

Late entries, registering another person on your bib number & changing competitions

for marathon, half marathon and relay teams

When paying directly cash or via credit card, late entries are possible as long as the participant limit is not reached:

  • on Friday, September 30, 10:00 a. m. to 8:00 p. m. and Saturday, October 1, 9:00 a. m. to 6:00 p. m. at the help desk of the Running.EXPO in Wassermanhalle

 

 

for kids run

  • on Friday, September 30, 10:00 a. m. to 8:00 p. m. at the help desk of the Running.EXPO in Wassermanhalle
  • on Saturday, October 1, 9:00 to 10:30 a. m.(!) directly on-site in the starting/finish area in August-Sander-Park

Registering another person on your bib number

Registering another person on your bib number or handing over the bib number to another person is not possible and leads to direct disqualification.

 

Changing competition

Shoud you however realise during your training that …

  • … the challenge of running a marathon is too much for you, you may change the competition to the half marathon prior to September 1, 2017 at the latest – as long as the participant limit has not been reached.
    Changing competitions costs € 10.00.
    Note: We do not reimburse any remaining amount when you change from marathon to half marathon (downgrade).
  • … you may also run the double distance and dare the challenge the marathon (upgrade from half marathon to marathon) you may change the competition to the marathon prior to September 1, 2017 at the latest.
    Changing competitions costs € 10.00.
    Note: For the upgrade you are to pay the remaining amount of the already paid half marathon rate to the current marathon tariff.

Bib number & pick-up

Your bib number will be printed live on-site at the Running.EXPO. Therefore, please bring along your confirmation of participation (printed or as mobile or Apple Wallet version) with the QR code so that it may be scanned at the desk.

 

2016 confirmation of participation specimen

 

On the bib number you will find the colour of your starting block (e. g. “RED”) on the right side.

 

Starting in the wrong starting block ahead (to be monitored by chronometry) and/or  alteration of the bib number such as concealing or deviating the sponsors bar will lead to disqualification.

 

You may pick up your race packet at one of the desks (marathon and half marathon).
There will be a separate counter for the relay teams. For the kids run please go to the help desk.

 

Jubilee Club members may pick up their bib numbers in the Jubilee Lounge.

Please use the four pins provided to fix the bib number in the height of your breast or your belly.

 

Alteration of the bib number such as concealing or deviating the sponsors bar will lead to disqualification.

 

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During the race

Own beverages for marathon

Would you like plan your race optimally and use your own beverages?

 

No prob – then please hand in your individually marked drinking bottles on race day, October 2, between 9:00 and 9:45 a. m. in Auenweg (directly in the starting area).

 

We will place a vehicle there that will bring the bottles to the refreshment stations along the course.

 

Karte Startbereich

 

During the race you will find your beverages on the second table each, directly after those for the elite runners.

Facebook Timing Ticker

Facebook-Icon Would you like to have us post your split and finish times* on your Facebook wall and let your friends track you virtually on the course?

 

Then you should use our Facebook Timing Ticker!

 

* marathon at the start as well as at kilometres 5; 10; 15; 21.0975; 25; 30; 35; 40 and in the finish – half marathon at the start as well as kilometres 2.8; 10.5; 13.2; 18.9 and in the finish.

 

Here an example from 2015:

 

Facbook Timing Ticker example from 2015

 

Facebook-Icon  Please register prior to 8:00 p. m. on Sunday, October 2, 2016 for posts on your Facebook wall (The only prerequisite is the installation of the Facebook app on your mobile. When using the PC you do not have to do anything):

 

Step 1: Visit our Cologne Marathon web site and search for your entry in the starters’ list and click on it.

 

Step 2: Click on the Facebook button to register for the app.

 

Step 3: Use your Facebook login data for the registration.

 

Step 4: Click on “Ok” to confirm that the app is allowed to use information of your profile.

 

Step 5: Click on “Ok” when the app is allowed to post on you Facebook wall on your behalf. Please select to which extent the app is allowed to post.

 

After another click on “Ok” you will have successfully registered for this service!

 

Go to the starters’ list here.

Disqualification

A violation of these provisions will directly lead to disqualification, i. e.:

  • starting without any bib number
  • starting in the wrong starting block ahead -> 5 minutes penalty (to be monitored by chronometry)
  • alteration of the bib number such as concealing or deviating the sponsors bar
  • starting without any RealTime ChampionChip
  • starting with more than one RealTime ChampionChip
  • lacking interval times
  • exceeding the given time limit
  • abandoning or shortening the track
  • undershooting the required age
  • carrying along baby buggies, baby joggers etc.
  • carrying along animals

Live tracking

Logo Mika:timing-AppAre you a proud owner of a smartphone and would like to track yourself during the race and see where exactly you are on the course?

 

Then this is the right thing for you: the live tracking on the course.

 

The GPS data from your smarthphone will be combined with the times measured by Mika:timing and your position will be shown on a map.

 

By projecting your average pace your proposed finish time will also be displayed. You thus may track yourself in real time in which section of the course to Cologne Cathedral you are.

 

Logo Mika:timing-AppDownload the mika:timing app and register with your Registration ID (see confirmation of participation) for the app. Follow further steps in the app.

 

The app is available for the following operating systems:

 

Pace makers

We will again offer you support on the course. The pace makers will provide the necessary pace in order finish within a certain time.

 

They will be early in the staring blocks and be marked by balloons for the corresponding finish time. If you are interested just contact them. They will answer all your questions. All of them are “senior” runners and they know a thing or two about running and finish times.

 

The pace makers are set for the following finish times:

  • half marathon 1:30, 1:45, 2:00, 2:15 and 2:30 hours
  • marathon 3:00, 3:15, 3:30, 3:45, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30, 4:45, 5:00, 5:30 and 6:00 hours

SMS service

You may make us send you your times at the distance’s half and in the finish via SMS to your mobile phone.

Just book the SMS service within the online registration and we will arrange the rest! You will receive the two SMS after crossing the corresponding chronometry mats on the course!

Donation mat

Like every year we will support charity projects. The receipts of the donation mat will be dedicated to the RTL foundation – we support kids (RTL Stiftung – Wir helfen Kinder) and the nursery school in the pastoral centre “Our Lady Woman of Valor“ in Tel Aviv .

 

You may donate as follows: Run at Aachener Weiher at kilometre 19.6 (or k 11.7 of the half marathon) over the timing mat. This is an indication for us that you are willing to donate. However, as you paid your bib number via credit card (and we cannot charge any bank account), please contact us also for the money transfer. Thank you.

 

Foto Spendenmatte Aachener Weiher

 

The donation mat is specially marked and does not have to be run over. Donating is voluntary!

 

Informtation on the projects:

Logo RTL-SpendenmarathonRTL donation marathon – We support kids (RTL-Spendenmarathon – Wir helfen Kindern)

Please find more information about the RTL donation marathon for children in need here.

 

Nursery school in the pastoral centre “Our Lady Woman of Valor” in Tel Aviv

When people arrive at the pastoral centre of the Jesuit father David Neuhaus in Tel Aviv, they have undergone a lot of precarious situations before. Stigmatised by traumatic experiences from the escape most of them expect a better future for them and their families in the “promised land” Israel, but they are confronted with problematic job conditions and a society that faces them deprecatorily.

Foto Kinderkrippe Tel AvivYoung women that have to work 16 hours a day in Israeli households for low wages. Men that are forced to work at construction sites unter hardest conditions to scratch a living for their families. And their children? In so-called “children warehouses” one person only takes care of up to 60 babies and infants.

For most of the parents there is no other alternative. David Neuhaus and his team of the pastoral centre in Tel Aviv realised this problem. Since last year they have been running a lovely kindergarden with four groups totalling 52 babies and infants, among them also two autistic kids and one suffering from down-syndrome. In the months to come some new rooms are to follow due to high demand.

Start

May be subject to change – Please have a look onto possible changes announced at the expo while picking up your race packet:

 

kids run

Saturday, October 1, 2016

as of 11:00 a. m.

in August-Sander-Park north of Mediapark

 

half marathon, marathon, relay teams and school marathon

Sunday, October 2, 2016

08:30 a. m. half marathon

10:00 a. m. marathon, relay teams and school marathon

 

Karte Startbereich

We will shuttle your kit bag from the starting area to the finish by UPS trucks. After the race you may pick up your kit bag in the trucks/tents where they will be sorted by bib numbers.

 

Karte Startbereich

 

In case you have a preferred bib number exceeding the regular number range please hand it in at the first truck and pick it up in the first kit bag tent.

 

Karte Zielbereich

 

Please hand in your kit bag in time till 15 minutes prior to the first gun shot at the latest (i. e. prior to 8:15 a. m. for the half marathon and 9:45 a. m. for the marathon). The trucks are sorted according to bib numbers in Mindener Straße/Auenweg as well as on the ramp to Hohenzollernbrücke. Make sure you arrive early enough and consider possible waiting time.

 

You may pick up your kit bags again prior to 5 p. m. in the finish area.

 

Kit bags that will not have been picked up on race day may be obtained at the marathon office from October 12 to 23, 2016 after arrangement by phone (+49 221 / 33 77 73 11). Thereafter, they will be disposed.

 

Note: We will only accept our official kit bags (anniversary backpacks) at the shuttle trucks due to security reasons. Bags, rucksacks, suitcases etc. to be handed in instead of or additionally to our kit bags will not be accepted. Thank you very much for your understanding.

You will kick off with your fellow runners from several starting blocks into the race.

 

Please find the colour of your starting block (e. g. “RED”) at the right side of your bib number.

 

You will be allocated according to the expected times given in the registration. In case you did not add any time you will automatically start from the last starting blocks.

 

half marathon: RED, BLUE, ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN

marathon including relay teams and school marathon: RED, BLUE, ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN

 

In order to only have short waiting times in the starting blocks please cross the starting line continuously.

 

Starting in the wrong starting block ahead (to be monitored by chronometry) and/or  alteration of the bib number such as concealing or deviating the sponsors bar will lead to disqualification.

 

Karte Startbereich

Courses

There are no changes to the half marathon and marathon courses compared to the previous year.

Go to the courses on our web site.

 

The entire course will lead through downtown Cologne, has a width of at least 3 meters and is asphalted. Nonetheless, there may be bottlenecks on the course due to road works.

 

Although we will check the status of the roads and clean the roads several times prior to race day the surface may still degrade shortly.

 

Please run defensively, always look for possible critical sections and inform your fellow athletes.

Broadcast on TV, internet and radio

The local TV channel Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) will send a special broadcast on our race on Sunday, October 2, from 5:45 to 6:15 p. m.

Logo Live-StreamOn race day we will offer an internet live stream from 8:25 a. m. to 3:45 p. m. on our web site.

 

Watch the stream on your desktop or mobile! Just click in!

Logo Radio KölnOur partner Radio Köln (107.1) will broadcast all day long on Sunday, October 2, 2106 from 9:00 a. m. to 5:00 p. m. live from Rudolfplatz where also RheinEnergie will set up a big family party with interesting attractions.

Refreshments - Nowhere else will you find something better!

Speisekarte_Verpflegungsdorf_web

 

There is no other marathon where you find a bigger and better offer of snacks, refreshments and beverages in the finish area than here in Cologne! This is OUR unique selling proposition!

 

No desire will be left unfulfilled – it does not matter whether you dream of curd cheese balls, sandwiches with lard, fruits, energy bars, Kölsch beer – just help yourself and enjoy!

 

Here please find the refreshment area’s menu (in Geman only).

Along the course you will find refreshment stations within a distance of approximately 4 km:

 

marathon

  • 11 refreshment stations
  • different refreshments, above all water, bananas, Coca-Cola and DextroEnergy

 

half marathon

  • 5 refreshment stations
  • different refreshments, above all water, bananas, Coca-Cola and DextroEnergy

 

Please have a look onto our course map with the refreshment stations.

 

Here the exact offers at a glance:

 

Dokument Angebot an den Verpflegungsstellen an der Strecke

 

In case you are not sure if your alimentary tract accepts Dextro Energy just visit the Dextro booth at the Running.EXPO and try it!

Chronometry

Please be aware of the time limits and finish within!

 

You will be contacted by the pace car driver and the marshals at an early stage when you tend to fall out of the time limit.
Should you be overtaken by it you will no longer use the event area. You will then not be insured any more and you will have to leave the course.

 

This means:

  • half marathon: 3:00 hours time slot (i. e. finish prior to 11:50 a. m.)
  • marathon, school marathon, relay team marathon: 6:00 hours (i. e. finish prior to 4:00 p. m.)

 

Chronometry is exclusively carried out by Mika:timing with the RealTime ChampionChip (except for the kids run).

 

If you are in need of a rental chip and ordered it within the registration process you will get it with the bib number at the Running.EXPO.

 

 

Please fix the timing chip in the lacing of your shoes. Alternatively, you can use a hook-and-loop tape at your ankle to fasten the chip.

 

Do not place the chip more than 15cm above the ground – neither in your pants nor at your wrist – otherwise your running times cannot be measured! And this will lead to disqualificaition!

chip-logo

Please return the rental chip on race day prior to 5:00 p. m. at the exit of the REWE refreshment area.

 

Also the relay teams have to return their rental chips.

Finish at Cologne Cathedral - pure emtion!

What can be more emotional in Cologne than finishing next to Cologne Cathedral?!

 

After some years of abstinence you may finish again at the foot of our city’s landmark since 2013.

 

 

We will create a real stadium atmosphere with grand stands on both sides and a red carpet! This will be awesome!!

 

Here, a cheering mass will await you – it does not matter whether you finish early in the morning on the half marathon distance or whether you enjoy the flair and absolve the marathon on your leisure.

 

As soon as you turn around the corner at CologneTourism there are only 100 metres left! Show us your pleasure and exultation!!!

Karte Zielbereich

 

So that you may better orientate yourself in advance please have a look onto the finish area map here.

Spectators - atmosphere

What would a carnival stronghold be without any dressed up people also at the marathon?!

 

We do not only have a fantastic atmosphere during the carnival period – but also on race day the carnival-revelling locals line up along the course and cheer for every runner – for the fast top athletes as well as for the running connoisseurs!

 

Die schönsten Marathon-Momente
auf unserer exklusiven Social Wall
After the race

Award ceremonies

The award ceremonies of the three fastest runners of each single-person competition will be held on stage directly after the athletes will have crossed the finish line.
The marathon city champions will also be awarded. Should you seek for this title please take your personal ID card with you.

 

The award ceremony for the relay teams will be held at Neumarkt.

 

The age class winners and winners of the special scorings (teams, costumes, Cologne best time) will be contacted and awarded by mail approx. 4 weeks after the event.

Results

Please find the unofficial results here.

 

A final and official result list will be published 7 days after race day (expiration date for the period for objection) at the same page. You may then print your certificate.

Pictures

Marathon-Photos.com is our official photo partner. The photographers will take pictures of your sportive performance.

 

Logo marathon-photos.com

 

As soon as these are online you will receive an email containing a direct link to your personal pictures. The offer includes single person pictures, a photo package or upvalued pictures e. g. the picture with the finish time or a picture certificate.

 

In order to get a nice range of pictures please pin your bib number well visible.

 

Go to the pictures here.

Kit bag hand-out

While leaving the REWE Group refreshment area you will also leave the closed event area. In the post-finish area you may then pick up your kit bag again on Gereonstraße/Unter Sachsenhausen at the UPS trucks or tents (sorted according bib numbers). The corresponding ways are signed.

 

Note: Relay teams return to Neumarkt where they stored their kit bags already in the morning.

 

Karte Zielbereich

Medal

Enjoy the moment! After crossing the finish line within the time limit you will receive your well-deserved medal.

 

Jubiläumsmedaille Marathon     Medaille Halbmarathon

 

Please do not stop after crossing the finish line. Just proceed to the refreshment area.

Medal engraving

At Neumarkt your medal may be engraved when you booked this additional service with your registration. You will find a corresponding voucher on your bib number.

Otherwise you may also buy a voucher on-site on Neumarkt at our merchandise booth.

Merchandising

Besides the high-quality Saucony participant shirt and running shoes you may purchase a plethora of current and iconic accessories and souvenirs.

 

Come to our merchandise stands at the Running.EXPO and in the post-finish area next to the kit bag tents and at Neumarkt (“Reissdorf”).

 

And you of course can order these articles in our web shop after the event – while stocks last.

Party

After your sportive performance you may party further! Come to our after run party in the “ReissDorf” after your finish and meet friends and fellow runners.

 

We will offer yummy Reissdorf Kölsch beer, non-alcoholic Reissdorf Alkoholfrei and soft drinks.

 

There will also be a street food area for the first time with

 

Foto 6 Zuschauer

 

We will also install a video wall there and broadcast from the course. Sascha Kalupke will moderate as of 11 a. m. and the band HEIZEFEIZ will have a gig on stage.

 

Everybody will get a voucher for a free Reissdorf Kölsch beer or non-alcoholic Reissdorf Alkoholfrei on the bib number.

 

Besides catering options your medal may be engraved at Neumarkt. In case you did not pre-book this service please buy a voucher at our information point at Neumarkt.

 

The party area will be at Neumarkt. It will be opened for you from 10 a. m. to 5 p. m.

Would you like to be part of our anniversary party in LANXESS arena, but you do not have any tickets yet?

 

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No problem, you may still book tickets for the “Kölle singt” show – a mixture of performed music and sing along contribution! The big party will begin at 6:00 p. m.  and more than 10,000 visitors will be expected to join!

 

Local musician Björn Heuser and friends will await you – as well as the event’s patron Wolfgang Bosbach, Guido Cantz, Klüngelköpp singer Frank Reudenbach and Andrea Schönenborn (Funky Marys/Dat klösche Rattepack) and also local stadium commentator Michel Trippel!

 

So smooth your voice and learn the local Kölsch lyrics by heart as there will also be a sing along world record attempt and you are needed to take part!

 

You may book tickets for EUR 16.80 (standing in interior) and EUR 19.80 (seat) respectively.

Social Media and Social Wall

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In case you would like to share your pics and videos with your friends and all other participants in the social networks like Facebook, twitter or Instagram you may do this fast and easily:

 

You only have to publish your posts a the right place or add the correct supplement – and we may grasp your most beautiful moments, your impressions from race day and present them with other posts on our social wall.

 

Screenshot Social Wall

 

The social wall combines all posts dedicated to our race at a glance.

Facebook-Icon on Facebook

Post your messages publicly with pics and videos as well as our hastag #koelnmarathon at our Facebook event page – not on your private Facebook wall. And seconds later your posts will appear on our social wall!

 

twitter-Icon Instagram-Icon on twitter and Instagram

Just add our hashtag #koelnmarathon to your tweets or Instagram posts and they will automatically be displayed on our social wall.

All the posts published at our Facebook event page and the posts with our hashtag #koelnmarathon may be found on our social wall.

 

Screenshot Social Wall

Changing tents | showers | massage

Next to the kit bag tents and UPS trucks on Gereonstraße there will be changing tents and showers for women and men. You will also find the massage area also in the same street.

 

Karte Zielbereich

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Specialties for competitions

Relay team

You will get your race packets (bib numbers, kit bags and one rental chip) on Friday, September 30, and Saturday, October 1, at the Running.EXPO:

 

green = recommended times  for pick-up, red = heavy traffic

 

Friday open 10:00 a. m. – 8:00 p. m.Saturday open 9:00 a. m. – 6:00 p. m.
empfohlene Abholzeiten Firmenstaffel Freitagempfohlene Abholzeiten Firmenstaffel Samstag

 

The most difficult task is the organisation of the kit bags.

You may hand in all 4 kit bags centrally at Neumarkt.

 

Or you may organise as follows:

 

Our hint: You meet early in the morning on race day at Neumarkt and change your kit bags: The 2nd runner picks up the kit bag of the 1st runner,  the 3rd of the 2nd, the 4th of the 3rd and the 1st hands in the kit bag of the 4th  at Neumarkt.

 

The runners 2, 3 and 4 take the changed kit bags with them to the transition zones.

 

All transition zones are easily accessible by public transportation from Neumarkt.

The first runner of your relay team will be sorted into the marathon field and its starting blocks (There is not any separate starting block for the teams any longer!).

 

Please find the colour of your starting block (e. g. “RED”) on the right side of your bib number.

Your relay team will be allocated according to the expected time given in the registration. In case do you not add any time you will automatically start from the last starting blocks.

 

Karte Startbereich

The single stages of the relay team marathon distance are approx. 10.5 | 11.5 | 12.5 | 7.7 kilometres.

 

The transition zones will be announced by signs approximately 100 meters prior to its beginning.

 

Separate areas for lining-up will marked by signs according to bib numbers. Within these zones the timing chip has to be handed over to the next relay team member. Please leave the zones at the corresponding exits only.

 

Please leave the transition zones after the change at the signed exits to not disturb the other teams.

 

Maps and detailled plans:

We will also place timing mats in the transition zones in order to be able to publish split times for all relay team members.

 

NOTE: Please cross also these mats!

Only the fourth and last runner is to cross the finish line.

 

This final runner will get all 4 medals in the finish when handing out the chip.

 

Medaille Firmenstaffel

Please find on the finisher certificate the split times of the 4 runners besides the overall time and positioning.

Neumarkt serves as the meeting point for all teams of the Relay Team Marathon presented by Kölnische Rundschau.

 

Located with best transport connections in downtown Cologne you may meet here prior to the start, hand in your kit bags and get easily to the start and transition zones by KVB tram and subways.

 

After the event you will meet here again. Music, moderation, catering and sales booths as well as medal engraving and a look onto the other runners on the course will complete the portfolio.

We will also install a video wall there and broadcast from the course.

The award ceremony of the fastest relay team will take place at Neumarkt at approx. 3:30 p. m.

Kids run

The RheinEnergieKidsRun Cologne will take place on Saturday, October 1, 2016, in August-Sander-Park next to Saturn/Maybachstraße.

  • 11:00 a. m.: 500 metre run (year of birth 2010-2012)
  • afterwards 1,000 metre run (year of birth 2006-2012)
  • afterwards 2,000 metre run (year of birth 2006-2012)

 

There are 3 distances to run without any chronometry. Girls and boys start together.

 

Every child will get a certificate and a medal in the finish.

 

Medaille Kinderlauf

 

Route planner: Go to August-Sander-Park

You may pick up the bib number of your child on Friday, September 30, at the help desk of the Running.EXPO and on Saturday, October 1, 2016, in the starting/finish area in August-Sander-Park prior to the race:

 

green = recommended times for pick-up, red = heavy traffic

 

Friday open 10:00 a. m. – 8:00 p. m.Saturday open 9:00 – 10:30 a. m.
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The JuniorTour with Wickie, the Viking, and Maya, the Bee, will also again be there as well as a RheinEnergie bouncy castle and an ADAC bicycle course.

School marathon

You may already pick up your kit bags prior to the race at: Schulungsraum, Albert-Richter-Radstation, Peter-Günther-Weg, 50933 Cologne (Köln):

 

Note: Please bring along the material ticket. Thank you.

 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 open 9:00 a. m. – 5:30 p. m.
empfohlene Abholzeiten Schulmarathon Dienstag

The meeting point for the 1st runners of the school marathon will be in the Eastern part of Ottoplatz (red dot) directly in front of Deutzer Bahnhof.

 

From there all runners will be led to the starting block.

 

 

Karte Startbereich

School marathoners will run sections of approx. 5 | 10 | 4.8 | 10 | 5 | 7.3k.

 

Separate areas for lining-up will be marked by signs according to bib numbers.

 

Within these zones the timing chip has to be handed over to the next relay team member. Please leave the zones at the corresponding exits only.

 

Please check the map below for the location of the transition zones:

 

Streckenplan mit Verpflegungsstellen und Wechselzonen

The last runner of each school marathon team will be caught by a group of teachers and will leave the finish area prior to the medal hand-out.

 

Karte Zielbereich

 

The meeting point for the school marathon is directly in front of the Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) building at Appellhofplatz. Here the pupils will get their medals when handing in the rental chip and some refreshments.

 

Medaille Schulmarathon

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Hotlines

Piktogram Köln Marathon

In the week prior to the race you may contact us via our hotline daily from 9:00 a. m. to 6 p. m. and on race weekend (October 1 to 2) from 8:00 a. m. to 7:00 p. m. free of charge at: +49 221 / 33 77 73 11.

 

 

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For questions concerning public transportation and schedules of local busses and trains on Sunday please call: +49 180 5 / 50 40 30

Medical assistance

The overall course as well as the starting and finish areas will be monitored by 150 medical services and doctors under the supervision of ASB Köln. This personnel is entitled to take off sportspeople with indications of injuries and/or overexertion from the race.

 

Only attempt to participate if you are in a good state of health! In case of sickness or injury please do not start!

 

In the finish area we will have a team of doctors. Please do not stop after crossing the finish line not to disturb this team in emergency.

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