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course length in k
21.0975
course record
1:03:00
altitude difference in m
14
enthusiasm
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Already on half the distance!

Hendrik Pfeiffer from Gelsenkirchen, German half marathon junior record holder, 22 years
“The Cologne Marathon is the absolute highlight of my street races. It combines an incredible party atmosphere with a fast course and the typical Cologne flair. The last metres at Cologne Cathedral compensate for everything!”
Adaeze W., initiator of naturallygood.de from Mosbach, 39 years
“The race in Cologne is very special for me. The pre-start carnival show already puts you at ease. And the team feeling is unique here. With the finish at Cologne Cathedral in mind the atmosphere during the race becomes magic, intoxicating. The cheering and shouting of the spectators pushes you to the finish. An emotional moment that is indescribable, you have to experience it!”
Haroldinio A. from Suriname, 53 years
“Köln is a very exciting city. I ran for the first time Köln Marathon in 2010. And I participated in the half marathon this year. Excellent start and finish location. And it was just an amazing weekend - great atmosphere! The spectators and the volunteers are awesome! GREAT service at the finish it is like an open air breakfast! Perfectly organized. I'll be back for sure in 2016!”
Nehle Sch. from Cologne, 35 years
“The Cologne Marathon is special! The spectators and their spirit "carry" you to the finish line! Awesome!”

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Race information

What do you have to know?

Entry fee
periodentry fee
October 1 to December 31, 2017€ 44.00
January 1 to March 31, 2018€ 49.00
April 1 to June 30, 2018€ 53.00
July 1 to September 20, 2018€ 58.00
September 21 to 30, 2018 + expo€ 65.00

Logo_AIMSWe will organise the RheinEnergie Cologne Half Marathon according to Deutscher Leichtathletik-Verband (DLV) e. V. and International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) regulations.

 

The age classes are as follows: 16-17 years, 18-19, 20-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 years and older. Most relevant for this categorisation is the date of birth.

 

There is a separate scoring for each gender, relevent is the net time.

For the challenge half marathon you must at least be 16 years of age on race day (birthday in 2000 and older) and possess an official bib number with a transponder.

 

14,999 other runners may start with you.

 

Please note that, due to a strict timeframe, you are to complete the competition within a time of 2:45 hours net. Otherwise you will be taken off the course and brought to the finish area by bus.

The course has to be opened for the marathoners then.

Starting times (may be subject to change)

 

8:30 a. m. half marathon
starting blocks RED, BLUE, YELLOW, ORANGE, GREEN, BROWN, BLACK and GREY

 

10:00 a. m. marathon including relay teams
starting blocks RED, BLUE, YELLOW an ORANGE

 

11:20 a. m. pupils run

 

The start will be located on Opladener Straße next to Ottoplatz/Bahnhof Deutz.

In 2018 your time will be measured with a transponder attached to the bib number by race result for the first time.

 

You must wear a transponder to get an official finishing time!

 

We will charge your account with the rental or purchase fee already at the time of your registration.

 

Please fasten your bib number in breast height on shirt or wear a bib number belt.

 

Make sure that you overrun all chronometry mats along the course. Lacking interval times may cause in disqualification.

The right to participate is a personal right and is not transferrable. You may not transfer your bib number to another person. Otherwise you will be disqualifíed.

 

Should you realise during your training that you may also run the double distance and dare the challenge the marathon (upgrade from half marathon to marathon) you could change the competition to the marathon prior to September 1, 2018 at the latest.

 

Changing competitions cost € 10.00.

 

Note: For the upgrade you were to pay the remaining amount of the already paid half marathon rate to the current marathon tariff.

Foto Medaillen auf TischEnjoy the moment! Directly after crossing the finish line you will obtain your well-deserved finisher medal.

 

You may have a look onto a first, unofficial preliminary certificate with a click on your name in the result list in the internet.

 

Your official certificate with the final time and positioning will be available approximately one week after the race (after the period for objection) at the same place.

Note: Within this period positionings may change.

The kig bag drop-off for half marathoners, marathoners and pupils runners will be located in the start in Cologne-Deutz.
Sorted by bib numbers the shuttle trucks will be lined up on Mindener Straße/Auenweg and the ramp to Hohenzollernbrücke.

 

Please hand in your kit bag in good time prior to 15 minutes to the start at the corresponding truck. Consider possible waiting times.

 

We will shuttle your kit bag with the truck from the start to the finish.

 

You may pick up your kit bag there prior to 4:00 p. m. in the tent corresponding to your bib number.

 

IMPORTANT: 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.

 

In case you could not pick up your kit bag on race day you may come to our office to get it from October 10 to 24.

Our race will be organized according to our, IAAF and DLV guidelines and specification.

 

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

  • starting without any bib number or any transponder
  • starting with more than one transponder
  • starting in the wrong starting block ahead, to be monitored via chronometry!
  • lacking interval times
  • alteration of the bib number such as concealing or deviating the sponsors bar
  • transfer of bib number and/or transponder to another person
  • abandoning or shortening the course
  • exceeding the given time limit
  • undershooting the required age
  • carrying along baby buggies, baby joggers etc.
  • carrying along animals
  • carrying along or using other technical devices
  • accompanying on bikes, inline skates etc.
  • taking illegal performance-enhancing substances (doping)
  • violences against DLV and/or IAAF competition rules

As of January 2018: In case you would like to register 10 single starters for the half marathon and/or marathon or relay teams please make use of the group registration option.

 

The discount per person or relay team will be cleared on September 1, 2018.

 

As soon as the minimum number of participants is reached the following reductions will become valid:

  • half marathon € -4.00 or -5.00
  • marathon € -10.00
  • relay teams € -10.00 or -15.00

After run party in the “ReissDorf” on Neumarkt | meeting point

Foto After Run Party auf NeumarktAfter your sportive performance you may meet your friends and companions in the “ReissDorf” and drink a tasty Kölsch beer. The “ReissDorf” will be located on Neumarkt.

 

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

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

 

Award ceremonies

Foto Siegerehrung HalbmarathonThe on-stage award ceremonies of the three fastest female and male athletes will be held directly after their finish in the finish area.

 

Furthermore, we will award the female and male city champion, age class and special scoring winners via mail approximately 4 weeks after the event.

 

 

Pictures

Logo marathon-photos.comMarathon-Photos.com is our official photography partner.

 

The photographers will take pictures of you and your sportive performance. As soon as the pictures are online you will receive an email with a direct link to your pictures. The offer will comprise single photos, a package or upvalued photo products e. g. a picture with your finish time or a picture certificate. In order to get a nice range of pictures please wear your bib number visible on the chest.

 

 

Hotline

During the year you may contact us Monday to Thursday from 9:00 a. m. to 1:00 p. m.

 

In the week of the event we will be available from 9:00 a. m. to 6:00 p. m. as well as on the marathon weekend from 8:00 a. m.  to 7:00 p. m.: +49 221 / 33 77 73 11

 

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

 

 

Medal engraving

Icon MedaillengravurOn Neumarkt your medal may be engraved when you booked it with your registration. You will find a corresponding voucher on your bib number.

Otherwise you may also buy a voucher at the help desk of the Running.EXPO or on-site on Neumarkt at our merchandise booth.

 

 

Medical assistance

The overall course as well as the starting and finish areas will be monitored by medical services and doctors under the supervision of ASB (Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund) Köln e. V. 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!

 

Merchandising

Besides the high-quality participant shirt 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 on Neumarkt. And you of course can order these articles in our web shop after the event – while stocks last.

 

 

Late entries

Late entries for all competitions (school marathon excluded) may only be handed in at the Running.EXPO at the help desk (when paying directly cash or via credit card), as long as the participant limit is not reached.

 

 

Donation mat

Like every year we will support a charity project.

The receipts of the donation mat will be dedicated to children in need.

 

You may donate as follows: Run over the timing mat on the course. This is an indication for us that you are willing to donate and we will charge your bank account/credit card account with EUR 3.00.

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

 

 

Bib numbers

 

 

Changing tents | showers | massage

Next to the kit bag tents on Gereonstraße there will be changing tents separated by gender and shower containers. You will also find the massage area there.

 

 

Post-finish refreshment area

Foto VerpflegungsdorfOur post-finish REWE Group refreshment village – aka. “gourmets’ paradise” – will offer you fantastic and diverse foods, drinks and snacks. No wishes will remain unfullfilled! This is one of our USP (unique selling propositions)!

Recover again and enjoy!

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Student cup

A special scoring for running students

Those who learn a lot need to keep a level head! And to keep this, as is well-known, you have to do sports and go running. Therefore, we would like to award running students and will again introduce the student cup (“Studi-Werk Cup” in German) in cooperation with the Kölner Studierendenwerk for the half marathon (and marathon) like year before.

 

When you are currently matriculated at a German university you may register online prior to September 20, 2018 for cheaper rates (after the first period for the tariff of the previous period, i. e. for € 4.00 or 5.00 less).

 

And we will have fancy prices for the fastest would-be graduates:

  • #1: € 250.00 for the semester fee, sponsored by RheinEnergieMarathon Cologne
  • #2: € 150.00 for the canteen, sponsored by Kölner Studierendenwerk
  • #3: € 70.00 CologneTourism voucher, e. g. for KölnShop, concert tickets etc.

The award ceremony will take place in the end of October 2017 in Cologne.

 

Note: Should you already be registered for the race we still may enroll you for the special student scoring. A reimbursement will however not be possible.

Winners

The fastest female and male runners

Women
Men
City Champion Women
City Champion Men
Teams Women
Teams Men
Year
Name
Country
Time
2017
Sabrina Mockenhaupt
1:12:05
2016
Laura Hottenrott
1:15:15
2015
Simret Restle-Apel
1:12:28
2014
Christl Dörschel
1:17:42
2013
Sabrina Mockenhaupt
1:10:55
2012
Sabrina Mockenhaupt
1:16:43
2011
Sabrina Mockenhaupt
1:10:33
2010
Simret Restle
1:12:56
2009
Julia Viellehner
1:14:36
Year
Name
Country
Time
2017
Tobias Blum
1:05:42
2016
Tom Gröschel
1:04:52
2015
Hendrik Pfeiffer
1:03:42
2014
Melaku Belachew
1:03:26
2013
Hendrik Pfeiffer
1:05:13
2012
Chemweno Wilson Kipkosgei
1:07:22
2011
Vitaly Rybak
1:05:27
2010
Leonard Langat
1:03:00
2009
Maciek Miereczko
1:07:14
Year
Name
Country
Time
2017
Heidi Schwartz
1:21:38
2016
Susanne Schulze
1:19:46
2015
Aude Salord
1:21:57
2014
Rike Westermann
1:22:10
2013
Maike Schön
1:15:55
2012
Ulla Gatzweiler
1:23:32
2011
Rike Westermann
1:25:52
2010
Ulla Gatzweiler
1:20:28
2009
Ulla Gatzweiler
1:18:38
Year
Name
Country
Time
2017
Idriss Oubaha
1:12:50
2016
Noureddine Mansouri
1:11:14
2015
Bob Greis
1:08:11
2014
Sebastian Meurer
1:12:22
2013
Bob Greis
1:09:36
2012
Marc Fricke
1:10:01
2011
Sebastian Meurer
1:10:23
2010
Marc Fricke
1:14:00
2009
Lars Haferkamp
1:09:51
Year
Name
Country
Time
2017
Saucony
4:37:09
2016
LAZ PUMA Rhein-Sieg
4:02:09
2015
Laufsport Bunert Köln
4:30:54
2014
SG Wenden
4:13:08
2013
LAZ Puma Rhein-Sieg
4:23:33
2012
ASV Köln
4:41:26
2011
LAZ Puma Troisdorf Siegburg
4:07:27
2010
PSV Grün Weiß Kassel
3:50:55
2009
LG ASV DSHS KÖLN
4:09:23
Year
Name
Country
Time
2017
ART Düsseldorf
3:43:22
2016
LG Telis Finanz Regensburg
3:20:21
2015
ASV Duisburg
3:36:30
2014
TV Refrath
3:34:57
2013
LG Dorsten
3:34:37
2012
Park Inn Köln Belfortstraße
3:47:09
2011
LAZ Puma Troisdorf Siegburg
3:51:40
2010
PSV Grün Weiß Kassel
3:26:32
2009
LAZ Puma Troisdorf/Siegburg
3:25:30
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Entry fee protection

Protect yourself against illness etc

What to do when you get ill prior to the race or you cannot come due to important reasons?

 

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.

Book the entry fee protection – for € 7.90 – and you may start your training without any stress! :o)

 

Please find further information on the coverage of the policy here (in German only!)

 

What is to do in the case of an insured event?

As long as you booked an entry fee protection and you cannot take part in the race please send the following documents:

  • copy of your confirmation of registration
  • copy of the proof of protection
  • proof of illness, damage etc. (e. g. medical certificate)
  • bank details (IBAN and BIC)

 

Do you have any questions?

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