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information for companions and spectators

Foto jubelnde ZuschauerIn case you intend to accompany one or more runners on October 1 and cheer for them or you just want to watch our race, you will find some hints and important information at a glance on this page

  • where it is the best spot to cheer,
  • how the course looks like,
  • how you may travel from hotspot to hotspot,
  • where you may meet your runner/s after the race,
  • etc.


Zuschauer SchildPlease note: All runners will have their first name written on their bib number. And they like to hear you call their names and cheer for them! This pushes them enormously! So dare to shout and support the sportspeople!


Self-made motivation signs are for sure highly welcome!


We wish you much fun along the course!

Starting area in Deutz

Foto StartHere you may

  • care for your runner prior to the race,
  • distract her/him,
  • take pictures and post them onto our social wall
  • help with the preparations (bib number, chip etc.),
  • calm her/him down and
  • cheer for her/him at the start!


Sascha Kalupke will moderate the starting procedure, interview stars and celebs and kick the runners off to the course. The starting signal will come from “Dicke Berta”, the confetti cannon of our  partner, the Blaue Funken. You may be curious about it! These will be impressive pictures!


public transportation exits: Bf. Deutz/Messe, Bf. Deutz/Lanxess arena and Köln Messe Deutz



Neumarkt – UPS mile + Reissdorf + costume scoring

Our partner UPS Deutschland will set up it fan mile along Northern part of Neumarkt.

The runners will circle this central place completely and will pass it at the beginning and in the end.


Foto 5 ZuschauerIt is “the place to be” particularly after the race.

Meet your runner here, have some chats, talk about the race and drink some Kölsch beers.


The place also serves as meeting point for all relay teams. Further, some companies will set up a small “tent camp” for their employees.


And the after run party will take place here on Neumarkt in the “Reissdorf” with street food area: Get Foto Zuschauer 4yummy Reissdorf and Reissdorf Alkoholfrei non-alcoholic beer, street food, music, moderation with Sascha Kalupke, entertainment programme at boothes, a video wall with the live stream from the race, …


Further, the local newspaper Kölnische Rundschau will take pictures of dressed up runners for the costume scoring at the Southern Neumarkt at marathon kilometre 14.


exit at: Neumarkt (NOTE: restrictions)




Foto RudolfplatzPivot, the most important hotspot and heard of our race. Here all runners will pass 3 times! With only just a fews steps and some turning you will always be part of the party!


Our partner RheinEnergie together with Radio Köln will care for the entertainment of the entire family – even a bit off the course.


Get well informed by moderator legend Artur Schmidt who will commentate the happenings on the course via the video wall on-site as well as the passing runners. There will also be a bicycle course, a bouncy bounce etc.


exit at: Rudolfplatz (NOTE: restrictions)



Dürener Straße – Generali mile

Our new partner Generali will provide THE motivation kick for the remaining course!


exit at: Dürener Straße/Gürtel (and then 10min walking)



Friesenplatz – Saucony Run Your World mile

Find best sound and cheering equipment at the Saucony Run Your World mile.


exit at: Friesenplatz



Hansaring – Red Bull Final 3

Here at the Red Bull hotspot the runners will get the energy necessary for the final 3 kilometres.


Get the double energy boost here: Red Bull mixed with water and cheering shouts from friends and relatives!


exit at: Hansaring



Cäcilienstraße – RUNNERS POINT Run Club Cheer Point

Find the new Cheer Point powered by RUNNERS POINT Run Club close to the finish on Cäcilienstraße. There will be big party in cheering atmosphere.


exit at: Neumarkt (NOTE: restrictions)



Finish area on Komödienstraße

There will not be anything more emotional than experiencing the finish crossing of your runner/s! How they will have fun, drop into tears of joy, cheer, shout, … to have finally done it!


The “stadium atmosphere” with grand stands on both sides and the red carpets is a must! You should have this spot on your agenda and be here in time!


Moderation with TV host Tom Bartels as of 9:00 a. m., later on also with amiaz, video wall with live broadcast from the course, finish crossings of all runners, award ceremonies, …


exit at: Dom/Hbf und Köln Hbf (main station)


The best way to travel to the hotspots along the course is by public transportation (see below).


Your runner may use her/his bib number as a ticket for the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Sieg (VRS) public transportation area. She/he will have an additional ticket for you as an adult accompanying person and 2 children until the age of 14 attached to the bib number which you may use to travel from hotspot to hotspot.


Due to road closures some tram and bus connections will be restricted. Please consider the updated KVB special schedules.


KVB-Plan zum Marathon

Download KVB map

You may download, print and fold the following mini map with the course, key plans of starting and finish areas, KVB network map and tables with running times.


It fits well into your pocket and thus you will be well informed also en route!



Faltplan Vorderseite 2017


Download front



Faltplan Rückseite 2017


Download reverse

englisches Menü Köln Marathon-AppWe have our own Cologne Marathon app this year.


This app is the perfect guide for you as spectator along the course or at home and has several interesting features:

  • You may tag your runner and also other favourite runners in the “Track My Favourites” function to follow their positions in real time during the race, in particular when your runner uses GPS.
  • The “Leaderboard” lists all participants at chronometry points as soon as they pass the corresponding timing mats. Projections indicate possible times for the expected finish.
  • The “Live stream” button leads you directly to our internet live stream of the race.
  • Via “Spectator info” you may get further information about hot spots along the course, travelling to these spots, add-ons for the course map and the meeting point after the race (like on this page).
  • The “Facebook” and “Instagram” profiles can be navigated by the corresponding buttons.
  • On the “Social wall” all posts of runners and spectators via our Facebook event page, Instagram and twitter containing the #koelnmarathon will be listed.


The Cologne Marathon app is free of charge. You can download it here:


Note: Your runner may also use this app for tracking. More information here.


Facebook-Icon Make your runner register for the Facebook Timing Ticker service free of charge via the starters’ list.


As soon as she/she will cross a timing mat, the app (i. e. we) will post it together with the split times as status updates onto her/his Facebook wall.


Thus she/he may keep you and other friends and fans updated digitally and you may track her/him to get to know when she/she will be when and where.


Chronometry mats will be placed at (marathon) 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 downtown (kilometre 3.7), kilometre 10, Ehrenfeld (kilometre 13.4), Rudolfplatz (kilometre 18.9) and in the finish.


Here a sample from 2016:


Beispiel Facebook Timing Ticker Englisch


Go to the starters’ list.

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In case you would like to share your pictures and videos from runner with your friends and other participants in social networks like Facebook, twitter or Instagram please follow these instructions:


You are to publish your messages at the right place or add the right supplement – and we may present your most beautiful moments, impressions from race day together with other posts at our social wall.



The social wall combines messages of these networks about our race.


Facebook-Icon Facebook: Please publish your post at our Facebook Event page instead of on your private wall. And we will bring it onto the social wall.


twitter-Icon Instagram-Icon twitter and Instagram: Just add our hashtag #koelnmarathon to your tweets and Instagram posts and they will directly go onto our social wall.

Logo Live-StreamOn race day 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 in!


Please note:  The content will however be in German only …

Meet up with your runner after the race at the “Reissdorf” at Neumarkt.


Foto 6 Zuschauer


We will also set up a video wall there and broadcast live from the course. Sascha Kalupke will moderate as off 11:30 a. m. and the band tripleX will have a gig on stage.


The after run party will also take place there. Enjoy yummy Reissdorf Kölsch beer, non-alcoholic Reissdorf Alkoholfrei and soft drinks.


We will also offer a 3 day street food area with

  • burgersStreet Food Area auf dem Neumarkt
  • meat skewers
  • coffee, tea, …
  • hot dogs
  • French fries
  • wraps
  • Belgian waffles
  • frozen yogurt
  • pasta
  • spring rolls
  • fish burgers
  • Filirolls
  • fish & chips
  • poffertjes


The street food area will be open:

  • Friday, September 29, 2017, noon to 9:00 p. m.
  • Saturday, September 30, 2017, 10:00 a. m. to 9:00 p. m.
  • Sunday, October 1, 2017, 8:00 a. m. to 6:00 p. m.


Further, the cover band tripleX will perform on stage:

  • Friday, September 29, 2017, 6:00 to8:00 p. m.
  • Saturday, September 30, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p. m.
  • Sunday, October 1, 2017
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