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information for companions and spectators

Foto jubelnde ZuschauerIn case you intend to accompany one or more runners on October 7 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 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 – ReissDorf and Street Food

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 some tents for their employees.


Foto Zuschauer 4And the after run party will take place here on Neumarkt in the “ReissDorf” with street food area: Get yummy 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, …


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 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



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.


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

Download front page

Faltplan Rückseite

Download reverse page

We 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, among them:

  • Be your own director and choose between four different camera perspectives of the race in our live stream.
  • Compare and track friends, relatives and other runners!
  • Let your friends know about your race in Cologne via social media.
  • You can see the live status of the top10 runners of a competition on the leaderboard. After the race you can have a look into the result lists of all runners and relay teams with times, split times and positionings.
  • The “spectator” button offers additional details about hot spots along the course, travel, map, meeting point etc.

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.

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 5vor12 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 4-day street food area with

  • Street Food Area auf dem Neumarktcoffee specialties and pastries
  • 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.

Logo wazeFor the first time we will offer the car navigation via waze, the community-based map and traffic app with real-time navigation, this year!

Your benefit: We will include all street closures with closure times in this app.


So should you use the app on the race weekend all closures will be considered and you will drive around them!

You can have a look at all our closures here in advance.


Download the waze app in the App Store or Google Play Store.

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