It is probably the most atmospheric finish in the world. Running on the red carpet into the Frankfurt Festhalle under thundering spotlights is a dream for every marathon runner. In the jam-packed ranks of the "Gudd Stubb" - as Frankfurt locals call their historic hall - every finisher is celebrated.

 

But the final highlight of 42.195km is not the only reason for the popularity of the Frankfurt Marathon. There is also the varied route; the flat and PB-enabling profile; the atmosphere among the 400,000 spectators on the roadside and the perfect organization. Last year the event had more than 23,000 participants, with more than 15,000 running the full marathon distance.

For the fifth year in a row the Frankfurt Marathon has received the IAAF “Gold Road Race Label”, making the oldest German city marathon one of the 28 leading races in the world.

 

Race director Jo Schindler aims to provide a stage for both professional and amateur athletes.

 

"We are a brand with worldwide appeal, nationwide and regional accents."

 

Frankfurt Marathon will be hosting the German Marathon Championship this year and it remains a green marathon, having won the 2014 AIMS Green Award for its environmental practices.

 

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