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. In preperation for your race on October 7 we want to answer most of your questions and so you will be well informed and ready for the race.

By clicking on the navigation at the top you can scroll directly to one of the given categories; this where you will find more information.

Prior to the race

Journey & parking

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

 

local KVB trams
lines 1, 3, 4, 7, 9, 16 and 18 exit at Neumarkt (lines 1, 7 and 9 above ground; lines 3, 4, 16 and 18 underground).

 

suburban VRS railway (S-Bahn) and Deutsche Bahn trains
Many lines within the extended Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Sieg (VRS) area make a halt at Cologne Central Station (Köln Hauptbahnhof), change to the local KVB trams (16 and 18), exit at Neumarkt;
or exit at Cologne trade fair/Deutz (Köln Messe/Deutz), change to the local KVB trams (1 and 9), exit at Neumarkt.

 

busses
lines 136 and 146, exit at Neumarkt.

 

Please find further information on schedules, exits etc. here.

 

KVB map in Cologne

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 free of charge within the extended Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Sieg (VRS) area.

 

Further, you will find a voucher on your bib number containing an additional ticket for an adult person and two children (until 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! Especially for lines 1 and 9)

 

Walking distance to the starting area at Ottoplatz/Opladener Straße

 

 

suburban VRS railway (S- Bahn)
lines S6, S11, S12, S13 and S19 within the extended Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Sieg (VRS) area, exit at Köln Messe/Deutz

 

Walking distance to the starting area at Ottoplatz/Opladener Straße

 

KVB map in Cologne

 


Deutsche Bahn trains
Many lines make a halt at Köln trade fair/Deutz (Köln Messe/Deutz, approx. 2 minutes walking) or Cologne Central Station (Köln Hauptbahnhof, approx. 15 minutes walking via Hohenzollernbrücke to the starting area)

We recommend to travel by bus, tram or suburban railway! (see above)

 

Should you nonetheless take the car please type “Neumarkt” in “50667 Cologne (Köln) in to your navigation system.

 

There  is no parking area especially for the Neumarkt. Should you arrive by car, please choose one of the surrounding car parks:

  • Parkhaus Kreissparkasse, Richmodstraße 13, 50667 Cologne (Köln) map
  • Parkhaus Wolfsstraße, Wolfsstraße 8, 50667 Cologne (Köln) map
  • Parkhaus Karstadt, Richmodstraße, 50667 Cologne (Köln) map
  • Theaterparkhaus, Krebsgasse 1, 50667 Cologne (Köln) map
  • Parkhaus Opern Passagen, Schwertnergasse 1, 50667 Cologne (Köln) map

We recommend to travel by bus, tram or suburban railway! (see above)

 

Unfortunately, we cannot offer parking space at parking area P21 this year due to the “Anuga” trade fair which will take place at the same time.

 

It may be possible to find additional parking space (parking fee) available in the car parks of LANXESS Arena

  • car parks P1 to P4 available
  • book Arena flat rate for € 5.50 at machines in advance
  • valid until 6:00 a. m. the next day
  • otherwise € 1.30 per hour

Walking distance to the starting area at Ottoplatz/Opladener Straße

 

Citymap with Highways

Anfahrt LANXESS arena

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

Why not arrive earlier in town and get to know our city, the locals and our culture.

 

The motto is: “Discover Cologne“!

Trade fair

From Thursday to Saturday, October 4 to 6, 2018, the sports trade fair Running.EXPO will take place and be free of charge. The new location will be the centrally located Neumarkt in downtown Cologne.

 

 

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

 

 

Please bring along your confirmation of participation – digitally as PDF on your smartphone or
printed if necessary – , which you will receive by the end of September via email.

 

Should you be prevented for any reason, please forward this confirmation and a signed authorisation to any fellow runner who may pick up your race packet on behalf of you.

 

Note: You cannot pick up the race packet on race day!

 

Besides running shoes and fitting clothes you will find information about topics like nutrition, health, etc. This is what the 2018 Running.EXPO stands for. The fair will present partners and actors from the running scene.

If you ordered a participant shirt during the registration process you can collect it together with your bib number at our Running.EXPO from October 4 to 6.

 

Teilnehmershirts 2018

 

Thursday, October 4, 2018, 2 p. m. to 8 p. m.

  • 2018 Running.EXPO
  • bib number pick-up
  • street food area on Neumarkt (see separate navigation below)
  • (tbc – more information coming soon)

 

Friday, October 5, 2018, 10 a. m. to 8 p. m.

  • 2018 Running.EXPO
  • bib number pick-up
  • street food area on Neumarkt (see separate navigation below)
  • (tbc – more information coming soon)

 

Saturday, October 6, 2018, 9 a. m. to 6 p. m.

  • 2018 Running.EXPO
  • bib number pick-up
  • street food area on Neumarkt (see separate navigation below)
  • (tbc – more information coming soon)

 

Note: You cannot pick up your race packet on race day!

Please come to the Running.EXPO on Neumarkt on one of the previous three expo days to do so.

 

Click here for more information.

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

for marathon, half marathon, relay teams and pupils run

 

Please visit the help desk at the Running.EXPO on Neumarkt (October 4 to 6) for late entries as long as the participation limit has not been reached.

 

You can pay cash or via credit card only.

 

 

for kids run

 

For late entries please visit the help desk at the Running.EXPO on Neumarkt (October 4 to 5) on Thursdayand Friday.

 

You can pay cash or via credit card only.

 

Saturday, October 6, 9:00 to 10:30 a. m.(!) directly on-site in the starting/finish area in August-Sander-Park. Cash payment only.

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.

 

If you cannot attend the event, check if you booked the entry fee protection during the registration.
The entry fee protection will cover the costs of the entry fee in the case of illness, accident, unemployment or extensive damage to your property.

 

Changing competition (downgrade or upgrade)

Shoud you however realise during your training that …

  • … the challenge of running a marathon is too much for you, you were able to change the competition to the half marathon (downgrade) prior to August 23, 2018 at the latest – as as the participant limit was reached.
    Changing competitions cost € 10.00.
    Note: We do not reimburse any remaining amount when you change from marathon to half marathon (downgrade).
  • … you can also run the double distance and dare the challenge marathon (upgrade from half marathon to marathon). You may change the competition to the marathon prior to August 31, 2018 at the latest.
    Changing competitions costs € 10.00.
    Note: The difference between your previously paid half marathon registration and the current marathon fee needs will be charged as well.

 

You can change the competition on your own via the edit link in your email confirmation of registration. The costs will be automatically charged.

… once you have booked the entry fee protection:

 

Startplatz-Rücknahme-Schutz

In case you booked an entry fee protection and you cannot take part in the race please contact the responsible insurer.

 

 

HanseMerkur

8 a. m. to 8 p. m.

phone: +49 40 4119-1100

fax: +49 40 4119-3257

email: b-kv@hansemerkur.de

 

Send the following documents to the insurance:

  • email confirmation of registration
  • insurance policy – Versicherungsschein (in your email confirmation of registration)
  • medical certificate etc.

 

Click here for more information.

 

You can receive paid additional services (for examble the participant shirt) by sending us a stamped C4 envelope ( € 1.45 within Germany or € 3.70 within EU) to:

Köln Marathon Veranstaltungs- und Werbe GmbH
Peter-Günther-Weg
50933 Cologne (Köln)
GERMANY

 

or just pick it up on the Running.EXPO. All the best.

 

 

… without entry fee protection:

 

We feel sorry that you cannot participate in our race.

 

The starting slots are bound to the person and event. Without the entry fee protection we have a no-refund policy.

 

You can receive paid additional services (for examble the participant shirt) by sending us a stamped C4 envelope ( € 1.45 within Germany or € 3.70 within EU) to:

Köln Marathon Veranstaltungs- und Werbe GmbH
Peter-Günther-Weg
50933 Cologne (Köln)
GERMANY

 

We recommend to book the entry fee protection next time.

Bib number & pick-up

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

 

On the bib number you will find the colour of your starting block, e. g. red background and in letters “RED”.

 

Startnummern 2018

 

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

 

Relay teams

At the pick-up counter you will get

  • a relay team bib number including a transponder attached to the reverse and a bib number belt as well as
  • four bib numbers for the backs of the four runners.

 

Startnummern Staffelmarathon

 

Please fix the relay team bib number to the bib number belt and carry it at your abs. It has to be handed over to your next runner in each transition zone.

NOTE: The relay team bib number including the transponder is relevant for chronometry.

 

The bib numbers for runners will be pinned on the backs of the runners’ shirts. They can also be used as a day ticket in combination with your personal ID card within the entire VRS area

To pick up your race packet (bib number and kit bag) please visit the Running.EXPO from October 4 to 6 on  Neumarkt (exception for kids run on Saturday see below).

 

Therefore, please bring along your confirmation of participation – digitally as PDF or printed if necessary.

 

Teilnahmebestätigung John Doe

 

Note: The pick-up of bib numbers for the kids run will take place from Thursday to Friday at our Running.Expo and on Saturday in the August-Sander-Park only.

 

Jubilee Club members may pick up their race packets in the Jubilee Lounge on Neumarkt.

 

Should you be prevented for any reason, please forward this confirmation and a signed authorisation to any fellow runner who may pick up your race packet on behalf of you.

Note: You cannot pick up your race packet on Sunday!

Please visit our Running.EXPO at the Neumarkt on one of the previous days.

Changing personal details

You are able to edit your personal details (apart from basic claims data such as first/last name, gender, date of birth etc.) or book additional products and services via the edit link in your email confirmation of registration.

 

The following deadlines need to be noted when changing personal details or booking additional products and services:

  • August 31, 2018: changing competitions: up- or downgrade from half marathon or marathon and visa versa
  • September 20, 2018: all race-related information such as expected finish time
  • October 6, 2018: data concering relay team members (names, order etc.)
  • October 7, 2018 (8 a. m.): emergency contact and profile picture for the new tracking and social app

Group registration

When registering a group of 1o or more runners you will receive a discount!

 

With a “group registration” the entry fee for each group member will be reduced to that of the previous period of the corresponding competition.

 

A group registration is available for half and full distance marathon runners only.

 

NOTE: All group members need to be registered within the same registration process to be eligible for the group discount. If registered late ron, additional runners will not receive the group discount.

 

Go to the group registration here.

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During the race

Own beverages during the marathon race

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

 

No prob – then please hand in your individually marked drinking bottles on race day, October 7, between 9:00 and 9:45 a. m. at Auenweg (directly within in the starting area).

 

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

 

 

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

Disqualification

A violation of these provisions will lead to immediate 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 transponder at the bib number
  • starting with more than one transponder at the bib number
  • 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

Cologne Marathon app including live tracking, leaderboard, live stream and more

We are currently working on our new Colgone marathon app for the runners and spectators.

It will probably be released in September 2018 for iOS and Android (iTunes- und Google Play Stores).

 

Please be patient! We will inform you on all our channels upon release.

Pace makers

As always we will offer you support on the course. The pace makers will provide the necessary pace in order to finish within a certain time.

 

They will be in the starting blocks early and will 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 will be 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

 

You would like to join our team of pacemakers? Please send an email to info@koeln-marathon.de.

SMS service

SMS-VersandWe can send your split times at half distance and your inofficial finish time at Cologne Cathedral via SMS to your mobile phone.

 

Just book the SMS service within the online registration and we will arrange the rest!

Later bookings are possible over the edit link in your email confirmation of registration.

 

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 proceeds of the donation mat will be dedicated to children in need “Wir für den Kölner Sport” together with Köln.Sport.

 

Spende

You may donate as follows: At Aachener Weiher (23 km for marathon or 11.7 km for half marathon) run over the timing mat in order to donate € 3.00.

 

We will then send you an email reminding you of your donation.

 

Spendenmatte

 

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

Start

Start times 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 6, 2018

as of 11:15 a. m.

next to Cologne Cathedral

 

half marathon, marathon, relay teams and pupils run

Sunday, October 7, 2018

08:30 a. m. half marathon

10:00 a. m. marathon and relay teams

11:25 a. m. pupils run

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Please hand in your kit bag in time until 15 minutes prior to the start of the elite runners at the latest (i. e. prior to 8:15 a. m. for the half marathon, 9:45 a. m. for the marathon and 11:00 a. m. for the pupils run). The trucks will be 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.

 

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.

 

You may pick up your kit bag again until 5 p.m. in the finish area.

 

Kit bags that have not been picked up on race day may be obtained at the marathon office from October 12 to 26, 2018 after arrangement by phone (+49 221 / 33 77 73 11). Thereafter, they will be disposed.

 

Note: We will only accept our official kit bags at the shuttle trucks due to security reasons. Bags, rucksacks, suitcases etc. 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 the race with your fellow runners from several starting blocks.

 

Please find the colour of your starting block on your bib number, the background colour as well as in letters, e. g. “RED”.

You will be allocated according to the expected time given in the registration. You can change your expected time by yourself until September 20, 2018 with the edit link in your email confirmation of registration.

In case you did not add any time until September 20, 2018 you will automatically start from the last starting blocks.

 

The blocks will start in the following order:

half marathon: RED, BLUE, YELLOW, ORANGE, GREEN, GREY, TURQUOISE and LILA

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

 

For 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.

Courses

We made no changes to any of the courses

Go to the courses.

 

The entire course will lead through downtown Cologne, has a width of at least 3 metres and asphalt surface. 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 rapidly.

 

Please run with care, always look for possible critical sections and inform your fellow runners.

Broadcast on the internet and via radio

Logo Live-StreamOn race day (October 7, 2018) we will offer an internet live stream from 8:25 a. m. to 1:45 p.m. on our web site.

 

Watch the stream on your desktop or mobile! Or use the Cologne Marathon app! Just click here!

Tobias Ufer will be your host during the race live stream and will keep you updated with all the important news.

 

Please note:  Unfortunately the content will be in German only …

Logo Radio KölnOur partner Radio Köln (107.1) will broadcast all day long on Sunday, October 7, 2018 from 9 a. m. to 5 p. m. live from Rudolfplatz.

 

RheinEnergie will also set up a big family party with interesting attractions here.

Refreshments - there is no real comparison to us!

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 point!

 

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!

 

Menükarte im Verpflegungsdorf

 

Please find the entire refreshment area’s menu here  (in German only).

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

 

marathon

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

 

half marathon

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

 

Please have a look onto the course including the refreshment stations here.

 

Here are the exact offers at a glance:

 

Verpflegungsstationen

 

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

Chronometry

Logo raceresultChronometry is exclusively carried out by raceresult’s transponders on the back of the bib number (except for the kids run).

 

A chip is not necessary for the chronometry any longer.

 

The first 10 finishers per sex will be ranked by gross time and be marked by * in the result list.

Please be aware of the time limit of the chosen competition!

 

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 the pace car you are no longer within the secured event area. From this point on you will not be insured any more and you will have to leave the course.

 

This means:

  • half marathon: 2:45 hours net
  • marathon and relay team marathon: 6:00 hours net
  • pupils run: 0:40 hours net

 

Net means your time from start to finish.

 

Finish at Cologne Cathedral - pure emotion!

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

 

Since 2013 our finish has been at the foot of our city’s landmark again!

 

 

We will create real stadium atmosphere with grand stands on both sides and a red finish carpet! It will be fanatastic!!

 

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

 

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

 

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

Spectators - atmosphere

What would Europe’s carnival capital be without dressed up people 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!

 

The most beautiful marathon moments on our exclusive social wall
After the race

Award ceremonies

The award ceremonies of the three fastest runners of each single competition (marathon, half marathon and pupils run) as well as of the relay team marathon and the marathon’s costume scoring 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 age class winners and winners of the special awards (teams, Cologne best time, special awards for the pupils run etc.) will be contacted and awarded by mail approx. 4 weeks after the event.

Results

Please find the unofficial results here.

 

The first 10 finishers per sex will be ranked by gross time and be marked by * in the result list.

 

The final and official results will be published 7 days after race day (expiration date for the period for objection) on 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 available online you will receive an email containing a direct link to your personal pictures. The offer includes single person pictures, a photo package or special pictures such as a 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.

Collection of the kit bags

When 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 to bib numbers). The corresponding ways will be signposted.

 

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

 

Medal

Medaille Marathon

 

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

 

Medaille Halbmarathon

 

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

Medal engraving

MedaillengravurAt Neumarkt your medal can be engraved if 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

Apart from the high-quality Saucony participant shirt (different shape for women and men and different imprints for marathon and half marathon) you will be able to purchase a variety of current and iconic accessories and souvenirs.

 

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

 

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

Party

After your sportive performance you are allowed to party on! Come to our after run party at 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 be a 4 day street food festival from Thursday to Sunday on Neumarkt.

 

Foto 6 Zuschauer

 

We will also install a video wall there and broadcast from the course. Sascha Kalupke will host the broadcast starting at 11:30 a. m.

 

Every runner 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 merchandise stall at Neumarkt.

 

The party area will be at Neumarkt. It will be opened for you from 8 a. m. to 6 p. m.

4-day street food area on Neumarkt

For the second time we will offer a big street food festival from Thursday to Sunday on Neumarkt.

 

There you are offered great:

  • coffee specialties and pastriesStreet Food Area auf dem Neumarkt
  • burgers and fries
  • Asian noodles
  • poffertjes and coffee
  • oven potatoes
  • Swabian pasta squares and “Spätzle” noodles
  • Thai specialties
  • Churros

 

The street food area will be open:

  • Thursday, October 4, 2018, 2 p. m. to 8.p. m.
  • Friday, October 5, 2018, 10 a. m. to 8 p. m.
  • Saturday, October 6, 2018, 9 a. m. to 6 p. m.
  • Sunday, October 7, 2018, 8 a. m. to 6 p. m.

Social media and # social wall

Social Media-Icons für # Social Wall

In case you want to share your pics and videos with your friends and other participants on social media like Facebook, twitter or Instagram you can do this easily and in no time:

 

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

 

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

 

Talk to Walter Icon on Facebook Messenger

Send your messages pics and videos as well as our hastag #koelnmarathon to the social “Talk to Walter” bot. And it will publish your post onto our # social wall.

 

Instagram-Icon twitter-Icon  on Instagaram and twitter

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

 

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Relay team

You can pick up your race packets (bib numbers including transponder and kit bags) for the Generali Relay Team Marathon from Thursday, October 4, to Saturday, October 6, at the Running.EXPO:

  • Thursday, October 4, 2018, 2 p. m. to 8. p. m.
  • Friday, October 5, 2018, 10 a. m. to 8 p. m.
  • Saturday, October 6, 2019, 9 a. m. to 6 p. m.

 

 

The most difficult task will be the organisation of the kit bags. You may hand in all 4 kit bags centrally at Neumarkt.

 

Or you can organise as follows: Our hint: You will meet early in the morning on race day at Neumarkt and change your kit bags:

  • The 2nd runner will pick up the kit bag of the 1st runner,  the 3rd of the 2nd, the 4th of the 3rd and the 1st will hand in the kit bag of the 4th at Neumarkt.
  • The runners 2, 3 and 4 will take the changed kit bags with them to the transition zones.

 

All 3 transition zones will be 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 will be not any separate starting block for the teams any longer!).

 

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

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

 

The single legs of the relay team marathon distance will be approx. 12.0 | 11.5 | 6.0 | 12.7 kilometres.

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

 

Separate areas for lining-up will be marked by signs according to bib numbers. Please leave the zones at the corresponding exits only.

 

Please do not forget to hand over the bib number with the transponder and bib number belt to the next runner of your relay team.

 

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!

 

Detailled maps:

Staffelmarathon Wechselzone 1 Detailplan Vorschau     Staffelmarathon Wechselzone 2 Detailplan Vorschau     Staffelmarathon Wechselzone 3 Detailplan Vorschau

It is possible to substitute a runner within your relay team or change the starting order.

 

You can do so with the edit link in your email confirmation of registration prior to October 6, 2018.

Note: Only the fourth and last runner will be allowed to cross the finish line!

 

This final runner will get all 4 medals after the finish.

 

Medaille Staffelmarathon

The split times of all 4 runners will be printed on your certificate as well as the the overall time and positioning.

Neumarkt will serve as the meeting point for all teams of the Generali Relay Team Marathon.

 

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

 

After the event you will meet here again. Music, moderation, a street food area as well as medal engraving and a chat with the other finishers will complete your perfect marathon day.

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

The award ceremony for the  relay team marathon will take place on stage within the finish area.

Kids run

The RheinEnergie Cologne Kids Run will already take place on Saturday, October 6, 2018, next to Cologne Cathedral for the first time.

 

  • approximately 11:15 a. m. after the church service: 500 metre run (year of birth 2012-2014)
  • afterwards 1,000 metre run (year of birth 2008-2014)
  • afterwards 2,000 metre run (year of birth 2008-2012)

 

We will offer 3 distances to run without chronometry. Girls and boys will run together.

 

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

You may pick up the bib number of your child from

  • Thursday, October 4, to  Friday, October 5, at the help desk of the Running.EXPO and
  • on Saturday, October 6, 2018, at Roncalliplatz in the starting/finish area near Cologne Cathedral prior to the race (Please arrive at least one hour before the first start!).

 

Startnummer Kinderlauf

We recommend to arrive by public transportation:

 

by suburban railways (VRS)
lines S 6, 11-13, 19, exit: Cologne Central Station (Köln-Hauptbahnhof)

 

by underground (U-Bahn)
lines 5, 16, 18, exit: Cologne Central Station (Köln-Hauptbahnhof)

 

KVB map in Cologne

 

by car

Should you nonetheless travel by car go to Parkhaus Am Dom.

All kids will receive a well-deserved medal and a certificate in the finish.

 

Medaille Kinderlauf

We will announce the side events very soon.

Pupils Run

The RheinEnergie Cologne Pupils Run will be started for the first time – also from the marathon start in Cologne-Deutz in the Eastern part of town.

 

Like for the marathoners and half marathoners your kit bag will be transported from the starting area in Deutz to the separated post-finish area for the pupils run at Appellhofplatz (marked by an „T“ in the map). You may pick it up there again.

 

Wegeführung Eltern/Begleitung beim Schülerlauf 2

After circling Neumarkt all pupils will end their race in the big marathon finish at Komödienstraße.

 

 

The meeting point will be located north at Boersenplatz.

After your finish you will get your well-deserved finisher medal.

 

For parents we recommend to take the red way to go from the starting area to the finish at Komödienstraße next to Cologne Cathedral and to the separated post-finish area for the pupils run.

 

Wegeführung Eltern/Begleitung beim Schülerlauf 1

 

 

This is a detailled map of the finish area. At the point marked by “A” your parents may meet you again:

 

Wegeführung Eltern/Begleitung beim Schülerlauf 2

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Assistance

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Piktogram Köln Marathon

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

 

 

Logo Kölner Verkehrsbetriebe

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 runners out of the race who show indications of injuries and/or overexertion.

 

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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