There are marathons in numerous cities – but the Cologne Marathon is unique: a mixture of elite and John Doe runners, carnival, a folk and running festival! The entire city is vivid and the spectators cheer passionately for the runners on the course! Everywhere you may hear your name and you run through espaliers! This is something that you have to experience!
The typical Cologne and warm-hearted way of the spectators let your run get unforgettable! They cheer for your and "carry you to the finish" – it does not matter whether you are a top athlete, an ambitious recreational sportsman or a running connoisseur! The scenery at Rudolfplatz is comparable to the ascent to Alpe d’Huëz at the Tour de France! Come to the marathon in "the most beautiful city of the world"!
The spectacular finish at the landmark of our city, Cologne Cathedral, is a gross swaying of emotions: exultation, tears of joy and the amazing feeling having beaten your body after such a long distance! You may really be proud of this!
|October 1 to December 31, 2017||€ 69.00|
|January 1 to March 31, 2018||€ 79.00|
|April 1 to June 30, 2018||€ 89.00|
|July 1 to September 20, 2018||€ 99.00|
|September 21 to 30, 2018 + expo||€ 111.00|
We will organise the RheinEnergieMarathon Cologne according to Deutscher Leichtathletik-Verband (DLV) e. V. and International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) regulations.
The age classes are as follows: 18-19 years, 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 marathon you must at least be 18 years of age on race day (birthday in 1998 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 6:00 hours net. Otherwise you will be taken off the course and brought to the finish area by bus.
The course has to be re-opened then for public traffic according to City of Cologne guidelines.
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 the challenge marathon is too much for you you could change the competition to the half marathon prior to September 1, 2018 at the latest – as long as the participant limit had not reached yet.
Changing competitions cost € 10.00.
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 pupuils 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 specifications.
A violation of these provisions will directly lead to disqualification, i. e.:
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:
After run party in the “ReissDorf” on Neumarkt | meeting point
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.
Furthermore, we will award the age class and special scoring winners via mail approximately 4 weeks after the event.
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.
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.
Otherwise you may also buy a voucher at the helpd desk of the Running.EXPO or on-site on Neumarkt at our merchandise booth.
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!
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 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.
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!
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
Our 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!
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 marathon and half 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 € 10.00 less).
And we will have fancy prices for the fastest would-be graduates:
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.
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)
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: