It is probably the most atmospheric finish in the world. Whether finishing in three or six hours, running on the red carpet into the Frankfurt Festhalle under thundering spotlight is the finish of his dreams for every marathon runner.
In the Festhalle every finisher is celebrated. But that final highlight of 42.195km is not the only reason for the popularity of the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon.
There is also the varied route; the flat profile; the atmosphere around the 400,000 spectators on the roadside; the great price-quality ratio for the participants; the perfect organization – last year the classic running event in Frankfurt moved over 23,000 participants.
The Frankfurt Marathon has again received the Gold Road Race Label of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
So Frankfurt is one of the leading races in the world. Next to Frankfurt only the Berlin Marathon has the same level in Germany.
Conditions are ideal to continue the success story of recent years. The philosophy of race director Jo Schindler is to provide a stage for professional and amateur athletes alike.
This is the second fastest marathon course worldwide, with a total height difference of only 27.8m.
The current course record was set by the Kenyan Wilson Kipsang (2:03:42). Arne Gabius caused the great sensation of 2015 when, after a hard fight, he ran a new German record, finishing in 2:08:33!