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The Cologne Marathon (Köln-Marathon) is an annual marathon held in Cologne, Germany. Since October 1997 the marathon has been held annually in early October, except for 2004, 2005 and 2014 when it was held in late September.

Cologne Marathon
DateOctober
LocationCologne, Germany
Event typeRoad
DistanceMarathon
Primary sponsorRheinEnergie
Established1997
Course recordsMarathon:
Men:
Kenya Alfred Kering 2:07:37
Women:
Kenya Helena Kirop 2:25:34
Half Marathon:
Men:
Kenya Leonard Langat 1:03:00
Women:
Germany Sabrina Mockenhaupt 1:08:51
Official siteGuayaquil Marathon

Contents

CourseEdit

Since 2013 the course starts at Ottoplatz in Deutz and leads the runners through the city of Cologne and eventually finishes at Komödienstraße beneath the Cologne Cathedral. The marathon is limited to 17,500 participants and the time limit is 6 hours.

Events and categoriesEdit

From the beginning there has also been a contest for inline skaters. They start ahead of the runners and try to finish the course in the time limit for skaters, which is 2:30 hours. This competition as well as all others including inline skates were ultimately held in 2013.

Since 1998 there has also been a contest for handcyclists.

In the last years it has been more and more difficult to utilize the starting field because of diverse interests. To countervail, the management of the marathon created new events and contests, which all take place at the same course on the same day.

Here is a list of all competitions:

  • Marathon
  • Half marathon
  • Inline marathon – for skaters
  • Handcyclist marathon
  • Run 63 km – a full marathon plus a half marathon
  • Run&Skate 63 km – first run a half marathon and afterwards skate a complete marathon
  • Run&Skate 84 km – first skating, and then running with the peloton
  • 105 km of Cologne – run 21 km (half marathon), skating 42 km, running 42 km
  • School Relay – schools may set up their own relay teams, the handover is at fixed points
  • Cultural Relay – any group of people that is committed to any kind of cultural activity (e.g. carnival groups), may set up relay teams (again with fixed handovers). These teams are often dressed up specially.

Past winnersEdit

 
The 2006 winner Teferi Wodajo at the midpoint of the race

Key:   Course record

MarathonEdit

Edition Year Men's winner Time (h:min:s) Women's winner Time h:min:s)
1st 1997   Stephan Freigang (GER) 2:12:00   Angelina Kanana (KEN) 2:27:27
2nd 1998   Carsten Eich (GER) 2:10:57   Małgorzata Sobańska (POL) 2:29:39
3rd 1999   Benson Lokorwa (KEN) 2:11:51   Elżbieta Jarosz (POL) 2:34:23
4th 2000   Benson Lokorwa (KEN) 2:15:51   Małgorzata Sobańska (POL) 2:28:42
5th 2001   Simon Lopuyet (KEN) 2:11:57   Judith Kiplimo (KEN) 2:31:08
6th 2002   Ernest Kipyego (KEN) 2:10:52   Claudia Dreher (GER) 2:31:29
7th 2003   Benjamin Rotich (KEN) 2:12:05   Tegla Loroupe (KEN) 2:33:48
8th 2004   James Rotich (KEN) 2:10:22   Claudia Dreher (GER) 2:32:06
9th 2005   Joseph Kadon (KEN) 2:11:55   Claudia Dreher (GER) 2:31:42
10th 2006   Teferi Wodajo (ETH) 2:11:24   Luminita Zaituc (GER) 2:28:30
11th 2007   Daniel Too (KEN) 2:11:05   Sabrina Mockenhaupt (GER) 2:29:33
12th 2008   Sammy Kurgat (KEN) 2:10:03   Robe Tola (ETH) 2:29:39
13th 2009   Evans Ruto (KEN) 2:08:36   Sabrina Mockenhaupt (GER) 2:30:12
14th 2010   Francis Bowen (KEN) 2:14:15   Katharina Heinig (GER) 2:46:05
15th 2011   Samson Barmao (KEN) 2:08:56   Mekuria Aberume (ETH) 2:32:24
16th 2012   Alfred Kering (KEN) 2:07:37   Helena Kirop (KEN) 2:25:34
17th 2013   Nicholas Chelimo (KEN) 2:09:45   Janet Rono (KEN) 2:28:36
18th 2014   Anthony Maritim (KEN) 2:10:26   Shasho Insermu (ETH) 2:35:36
19th 2015   Benson Waweru (KEN) 2:16:03   Gelane Senbete (KEN) 2:37:33
20th 2016   Raymond Choge (KEN) 2:08:39   Bornes Kitur (KEN) 2:32:16
21st 2017   Hendrik Pfeiffer (GER) 2:13:42   Rebecca Robisch (GER) 2:43:02
22nd 2018   Tobias Blum (GER) 2:16:57   Rebecca Robisch (GER) 2:46:03

Half marathonEdit

 
Sabrina Mockenhaupt is a two-time winner of the marathon and four-time winner of the half marathon.
Year Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s)
2006   Pascal Meissner (GER) 1:11:43   Irina Mikitenko (GER) 1:10:09
2007   Lars Haferkamp (GER) 1:07:33   Luminita Zaituc (GER) 1:11:54
2008   Mehmet Ali Akbas (TUR) 1:08:08   Sabrina Mockenhaupt (GER) 1:08:51
2009   Maciek Miereczko (POL) 1:07:11   Julia Viellehner (GER) 1:14:34
2010   Leonard Langat (KEN) 1:03:00   Simret Restle (GER) 1:12:56
2011   Vitaliy Rybak (UKR) 1:05:26   Sabrina Mockenhaupt (GER) 1:10:31
2012   Wilson Chemweno (KEN) 1:07:20   Sabrina Mockenhaupt (GER) 1:16:43
2013   Hendrik Pfeiffer (GER) 1:05:11   Sabrina Mockenhaupt (GER) 1:10:54
2014   Melaku Belachew (ETH) 1:03:26   Christl Dörschel (GER) 1:17:42
2015   Hendrik Pfeiffer (GER) 1:03:42   Simret Restle (GER) 1:12:28
2016   Tom Gröschel (GER) 1:04:49   Laura Hottenrott (GER) 1:15:11
2017   Tobias Blum (GER) 1:05:42   Sabrina Mockenhaupt (GER) 1:12:05
2018   Karol Grunenberg (GER) 1:05:20   Alina Reh (GER) 1:09:31

Development of starting fieldEdit

  Records

Date finished fraction
Total Men Women Men Women
5 October 1997 11,221 9,571 1,650 85% 15%
11 October 1998 8,572 7,408 1,164 86% 14%
3 October 1999 10,896 9,217 1,679 85% 15%
1 October 2000 12,720 10,799 1,921 85% 15%
7 October 2001 13,056 10,974 2,082 84% 16%
6 October 2002 14,224 11,775 2,449 83% 17%
5 October 2003 13,867 11,452 2,415 83% 17%
12 September 2004 12,960 10,646 2,314 82% 18%
11 September 2005 10,856 8,859 2,006 82% 18%
8 October 2006 10,469 8,412 2,057 80% 20%
7 October 2007 9,680 7,824 1,866 81% 19%
5 October 2008 7,553 6,131 1,422 81% 19%
4 October 2009 7,847 6,370 1,477 81% 19%
3 October 2010 5,468 4,414 1,054 81% 19%
2 October 2011 5,469 4,382 1,087 80% 20%
14 October 2012 4,807 3,953 855 82% 18%
13 October 2013 5,132 4,116 1,016 80% 20%

External linksEdit

  Media related to Köln Marathon at Wikimedia Commons