Cologne Marathon

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Köln-Marathon in 2006

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 and 2005 when it was held in late September.

Course[edit]

Since 2004 the course starts at Mindener Straße and leads the runners through the city of Cologne. Eventually the course finishes in the same location, as it started. In earlier years the course ended in front of Cologne Cathedral, but because of infrastructural reasons the start and finish have been relocated to the borough Deutz. The marathon is limited to 17,500 participants and the time limit is 6 hours.

Events and categories[edit]

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.

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 winners[edit]

The 2006 winner Teferi Wodajo at the midpoint of the race

Key:       Course record

Marathon[edit]

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  Elzbieta 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 Kipkosgei Ruto (KEN) 2:08:36  Sabrina Mockenhaupt (GER) 2:30:12
14th 2010  Bowel Francis Kipkoech (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  Julia Mumbi (KEN) 2:28:00

Half marathon[edit]

Sabrina Mockenhaupt is a three-time winner of both the marathon and half marathon events.
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  Vitaly Rybak (UKR) 1:05:26  Sabrina Mockenhaupt (GER) 1:10:31
2012  Wilson Kipkosgei Chemweno (KEN) 1:07:20  Sabrina Mockenhaupt (GER) 1:16:43
2013  Hendrik Pfeiffer (GER) 1:05:11  Sabrina Mockenhaupt (GER) 1:10:54

Development of starting field[edit]

      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 links[edit]

Media related to Köln Marathon at Wikimedia Commons