One of World Athletics Bronze Label Road Races, marathon in Danish capital. You may sign in online or even on the race day.


In brief

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16 May 2021 (Sunday)
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Number of participants: 12.000,
marathon 2019 — 10.883
Course Record: 2:09:54 (marathon) Jackson Kibet Limo, Kenya, 2019
Entry fee:
96—102 € (710—760 DKK) marathon

The Copenhagen Marathon is an annual long-distance running event held in Copenhagen, Denmark. The official name of the event is Copenhagen Marathon. About 12.000 athletes take part in marathon race (10.833 runners completed marathon in 2019).

In 2019 course record of the Copenhagen Marathon was broken both in men’s and women’s categories: Kenyan Jackson Kibet Limo clocked 2:09:54 (the fastest time ever on Danish soil) and Ethiopian Etalemahu Zeleke Habtewold achieved 2:29:29.

The Telenor Copenhagen Marathon 2019 was the biggest marathon race in Denmark ever.

In 2020 the 41st Copenhagen Marathon was cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus.

The Copenhagen Half Marathon is held in September.

More about Copenhagen and its attractions you may find here.

Copenhagen Marathon (Telenor Copenhagen Marathon) 2019

Events and Activities

Marathon race, 26.2mi/42.195km (Copenhagen Marathon)

The marathon race of 26.2mi/42.195km starts at 9:30 16 May 2021 (Sunday) from Islands Brygge, DK-2300 Copenhagen.

Age limit: from 16 years old on the race date.

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The course of the Copenhagen Marathon 2021 passes through the following districts of the Danish capital: Østerbro, Nørrebro, Indre København, Vesterbro and Frederiksberg. The route crosses the Inner Harbour of Copenhagen along Langebro bridge, and traverses 2 of the Lakes in central Copenhagen (Peblinge Sø and Sortedam Sø) over Queen Louise’s Bridge (Dronning Louises Bro).

Participants run part of the track twice.

Course of the Copenhagen Marathon 2020

Course of the Copenhagen Marathon 2020

Interactive course map of the Copenhagen Marathon 2021 is here.

Copenhagen Marathon course visualization

Start and finish of the Copenhagen Marathon 2021 is at Islands Brygge, DK-2300 Copenhagen.

З Start and finish area of the Copenhagen Marathon (Telenor Copenhagen Marathon) 2019

Start and finish area of the Copenhagen Marathon (Telenor Copenhagen Marathon) 2019

You may find the official course map of the Copenhagen Marathon 2021 here.

The Copenhagen Marathon 2021 participants are not assigned to a specific starting block. You are to place yourself in the start block corresponding to your anticipated finish time.

The time limit for completing the marathon is 6 hours; there is an additional limit of 3 hours for half a distance.

The pace makers of the Copenhagen Marathon 2021 provide the necessary pace in order to finish within a certain time. The pace makers can be recognized by colored balloons marked with the corresponding finish time.

Balloon colors, pace and target times of the Copenhagen Marathon 2021 pace makers

Balloon colors, pace and target times of the Copenhagen Marathon 2021 pace makers

12 water and nutrition stations are located on the marathon route. The stations provide runners with drinking water, isotonic drink High5 EnergySource, Red Bull energy drink, fruit, and also soft cinnamon buns, hot chocolate, Coca-Cola, alcohol-free beer Erdinger after the finish line. There are water sprinklers on certain points of the course.

Water and nutrition stations of the Copenhagen Marathon 2021 on the city streets

Water and nutrition stations of the Copenhagen Marathon 2021 on the city streets

Before the start runners may leave their personal belongings in the deposit tents near the start zone from 7:30 till 17:00 16 May 2021 (Sunday). The stuff must be packed in the deposit bag, marked with the sticker that has your race number on it. The sticker and the deposit bag are included in your Race Pack. At the deposit area you may get free rain cape not to freeze before the start.

Unclaimed on the race day baggage can be retained at Spartas office (Gunnar Nu Hansens Plads 11) from 12:00 17 May 2021 (Monday).

You may change after the race and have shower on Sturlasgade Street near the start and finish area.

The Harbour Bath (Havnebadet Islands Brygge) at Islands Brygge is close to the start and finish area and is open 16 May 2021 (Sunday) for both runners and spectators to take a refreshing dip in the pool. Admission is free for everyone.

The route of the Copenhagen Marathon 2021 is certified by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS). The event is one of the World Athletics Bronze Label Road Race.


You may sign up for the races of the Copenhagen Marathon 2021 online.

The online registration is open till 13 May 2021.

You may sign up for the race at the Copenhagen Marathon Expo in the sport centre Sparta Hallen (Gunnar Nu Hansens Plads 11, DK-2100 Copenhagen) 13—15 May 2021, and also on the race day 16 May 2021 (Sunday) from 7:30 (if slots are available) at the Information desk at the start and finish area (Islands Brygge, DK-2300 Copenhagen).

If you sign up before 28 April 2021 you get your bib number with your name and country.

The entry fee for the Copenhagen Marathon 2021 varies depending on the date of purchase:
till 28 April 2021 — 96 € (710 DKK);
from 29 April 2021 — 102 € (760 DKK).

Entry fee does not include 3 € (20 DKK) service fee.

There is a discount for students.

You may transfer your registration to another person for a fee of 16 € (115 DKK), you may also need to pay price difference (if applicable). More info is here.

Your Marathon Race Entry includes:

  • Bib number with time measuring chip
  • Safety pins to attach your bib number
  • Goody bag
  • Race T-shirt Nike
  • Bag deposit
  • Food and beverages stations, toilets along the course and after the race
  • Pace maker service
  • Music points along the course
  • Live athlete tracking through the mobile app
  • Finisher medal
  • Thermal cover
  • Changing facilities
  • Shower after finish
  • Online race results
  • Digital race diploma with indicated finish time
  • After finish photo
  • Participant video
  • Medical aid if necessary

You may pick up the Race Pack with your bib number at the Copenhagen Marathon Expo 2021 in the sport centre Sparta Hallen (Gunnar Nu Hansens Plads 11, DK-2100 Copenhagen).
Expo schedule:
13 and 14 May 2021 (Thursday — Friday) from 12:00 till 18:00,
15 May 2021 (Saturday) from 10:00 till 18:00.
16 May 2021 (Sunday) on the race day you may pick up your bib number from 7:30 at the Information desk at the start and finish area (Islands Brygge, DK-2300 Copenhagen).

To get your Race Pack you should show your ID with photo (passport), your registration card (sent via email) printed or on the screen.

You may authorize another person to collect your Race Pack. The collecting person needs to show your registration card.

No health certificate is required to enter any race of the Copenhagen Marathon 2021.

Race Results 2019*

Men (marathon)
1. Jackson Kibet Limo (KEN) 02:09:54
2. Victor Kiplimo (ETH) 02:11:04
3. Gebre Roba Yadete (ETH) 02:11:58

Women (marathon)
1. Etalemahu Zeleke Habtewold (ETH) 02:29:29
2. Dinknesh Mekash (ETH) 02:30:22
3. Aberu Ayana Mulisa (ETH) 02:34:39

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Find your result and the results of your friends and companions here.

Contact Information and Links

Organizer’s address:
Sparta Atletik og Motion
Gunnar Nu Hansens Plads 11
2100 København Ø
tel. +45 3526 6900

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* The race information is from publicly available sources and the official website of the event. Always check the official website for the most up-to-date information. If you see any mistake, please write to

Weather during Previous Races

Date: 17 May 2020 (race cancelled)
Clear throughout the day.
Temperature: 4°C – 20°C (40°F – 68°F)
Wind: 12 km/h (8 mph)
Date: 19 May 2019
Possible light rain in the afternoon and evening. Rain 1.4 mm (0.24 in).
Temperature: 12°C – 23°C (55°F – 72°F)
Wind: 10 km/h (4 mph)
Date: 13 May 2018
Light rain starting in the morning.
Temperature: 12°C – 18°C (53°F – 64°F)
Wind: 6 km/h (4 mph)

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Flights to Copenhagen

From your nearest airport (based on your IP):

Prices are for round trip flights 14 May 2021 — 17 May 2021. Price information is automatically renewed. You may check flight prices for other dates here or use the search form in the right upper column (desktop).

You may use public transport, taxi, or preordered transfer to get to Copenhagen from the airport (CPH) and back.

If over the past 6 years your flight within European Union, Turkey or to these countries was delayed for more than 3 hours or cancelled, if you missed a connection flight because of delay, if you were denied boarding because of overbooking you are eligible for compensation of 125—600 € according to European Commission Regulation 261/2004 and Turkish Regulation On Air Passenger Rights. You may check your case for free here, it takes 2 minutes. No fee is charged until the compensation is paid.


Race participants are fully responsible for their life, health and any consequence that may result from running a distance. Keep in mind that ordinary health insurance does not cover participation in sport events. Special sport insurance is preferable.

Accommodation in Copenhagen

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Tours and Excursions

Other Races in May 2021

M — Marathon, 42.195 km
H — Half Marathon, 21.097 km

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