At the end of 2008, the Commerzbank Frankfurt Marathon was granted the International Athletics Federations (IAAF) prestigious "Gold Label" award and is thus on a par with the New York, London and Berlin marathons.
With 12,046 marathon runners and 20,466 participants in total the traditional race on the Main is the third biggest marathon in Germany and 6th biggest in Europe.
Kenyan runner Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot set a new course record of 2:07:21 in 2008. This makes the Commerzbank Frankfurt Marathon the second fastest in the world, behind Berlin. The course record for women stands at 2:25:12 hours, run in 2005 by the Russian Alevtina Biktimirova.
The oldest German city marathon (held since 1981) owes these top times not only to the great atmosphere with more than 300,000 spectators and 120 en-route festivities but also to the extremely flat course, with a total height difference of only 27.8m.
After the start at the Messeturm let yourself be carried away by the skyline of "Mainhattan" and enjoy the red carpet finish in the traditional Festhalle.
Experience a first-rate race weekend with sales fair, pasta party and a supporting programme including such events as Struwwelpeter run (420 meters), Mini Marathon (4.2 km) for children aged ten to sixteen, the Pretzel run (5 kilometres), our Saturday morning breakfast run, as well as the relay race.