BMW Frankfurt Marathon 2016/2017
The BMW Frankfurt Marathon is Germany’s oldest city marathon and is famed for
its fast course and record-breaking opportunities. With only an altitude
discrepancy of 27.8m over the 42.2km course between the lowest and highest
points of 89.4m and 117.2m respectively, the course is relatively flat which
contributes to its speed and popularity among runners wanting to beat their PR.
The race is an IAAF Gold Label Race. The 2014 edition of the Frankfurt Marathon
will take place on 26 October 2014.
Kenyan Wilson Kipsang set the course record in 2010 with an impressive time of
2:04:57 making the Frankfurt Marathon the fastest marathon in Germany that year.
The women`s course record is presently 2:25.12, held by Alevtina Biktimirova of
Starting at Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage at the Messeturm expo tower, the course loops
through several Frankfurt neighbourhoods including the Sachsenhausen district,
through residential areas and back to the Mainzer Landstraße and through to the
downtown area. The course is run along both banks of the river Main before
ending on the red carpet of the ‘Festhalle’. Runners experience the panoramic
skyline of the skyscrapers as well as architectural classics such as the Alte
Oper built in 1883, a Renaissance opera house, which was partly destroyed during
the war. The building was reconstructed in 1983 as a new concert hall.
Another sight along the course is the Eschenheimer Turm which was the northern
gate tower of the former city fortification, built in 1400 and is was left
undamaged during the Second World War.
The race culminates at the magnificent ‘Festhalle, a neo-baroque building with
an impressive glass dome from 1909. Participants will run to victory on a red
carpet lined with cheering spectators all the way to the finish line.
In 2009, Kenyan Robert Cheruiyot finished the race with a new course record of
2:06:14 placing the Frankfurt Marathon second after the Berlin Marathon in terms
of speed in 2009. The 2011 and 30th edition of the BMW Frankfurt Marathon will
see the return of a trio of record-breakers, Wilson Kipsang, Gilbert Kirwa and
Robert Cheruiyot. These three will undoubtedly be looking to beat Kipsang’s
previous record of 2:04:57. This year, an expected 14,000 runners are expected
at the starting line.
Wilson Kipsang of Kenya set a new course record in the 2011 edition of the BMW
Frankfurt Marathon with an impressive time of 2:03:42 which was four seconds shy
of the world record. The women's race was won by Ethiopian Mamitu Daska in
2:21:59 which is the new course record.
Interested in running the BMW Frankfurt Marathon? Register at the official
Frankfurt Marathon 2016/2017 Results and Information