FAQs
Frequently asked questions
FAQ - Frequently asked questions

Baby carriages

We wish all mothers and fathers lots of fun while running with their children in the baby carriage. Please be considerate of the other runners and try not to hinder them.

Baggage (clothes) disposal

You can bring your clothes in the official bag to the baggage disposal from 8.00am on October 29th in hall 1, level 1. Please stick the number on your bag and allow enough time to check-in your bag. Please note that we only accept clothing bags of the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon 2017. For other luggage we offer a wardrobe (4 € per piece of luggage). There is no other possibility to hand in your clothes bag.

Certificates

You can download a pdf-version of your certificate via the results on our website. All participants will receive an official certificate via post after completion by the end of December 2017. A result brochure as a PDF file is available at the end of November on our website.

The participants of the relay marathon can print out an online certificate.

ChampionChip

The race can only be scored by using the ChampionChip system. Further information: Mika Timing GmbH
Fon: +49 (0)2202 24 01 – 0
E-Mail: championchip@mikatiming.de

Please attach the chip to the laces of your running shoe. We can only assess your time when you cross the mats lying at the start, along the course and at the finish. Persons who do not have these times will be disqualified. Additionally a video surveillance system is installed along the course. Please wear your race number during the whole race clearly visible on your chest.
In any case, you have to pick up your race number in hall 1, level 2 first. This is also where you will receive your rental chip or get your own Chip checked:

CHIP-RENT: You have paid an additional 6 € rental fee to the starting fee and therefore are registered for a rental Chip. When picking up your start number you will also receive your rental Chip. Please render the Chip undamaged on October 29th 2017 between 1pm and 5pm after the race (Mini-Marathon Chip return: 11am – 3pm) at the Chip return which is located at the race number pick up area in hall 1, level 2. If you decide to keep the Chip, it is assumed to be bought and 25 € will be charged to your credit card or bank account after the race.

CHIP-PURCHASE: You have paid 31 € additional to the starting fee and thus bought a Chip which has already been sent to you. Please bring the Chip along at the event day. When picking up our start number, please get a final check of your Chip data. The Chip can not be returned after the event.

CHIP-OWNER: If you own a Chip, please bring it along at the event day. When picking up your race number, please get a final check of your Chip data. If you didn’t name your Chip number when registering, please communicate the Chip number (letter- gure combination) to us before the race via e-mail at registration@frankfurt-marathon.com.

FORGOTTEN your Chip: If you forgot to bring your Chip along, please go to the ‘help desk’ first. There you will receive your race number and a white Chip for a rent of 6 €. Please render the Chip undamaged after the race on October 29th 2017 between 1pm and 5pm at the Chip return, which is located at the race number pick up area in hall 1, level 2. You are not allowed to keep the white Chip, since it is not up for sale and can’t be used at other running events.

Please note: No chip – no participation!

Change of participant

A transfer of your registration to another runner can only be made online until October 8th 2017. Therefore please log in to your user account via our online registration and click the “registration transfer” option. Following you receive a coupon code via email, which you can pass on to the substitute participant.
With this coupon code it is possible to register online for the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon­ for just 10 € service charges.

If you didn’t create an user-account in line with your registration you can do so subsequently. Afterwards please inform us about your user account so that we can connect your registration with your user account. Afterwards you can pass your entry as described above.

Please note that gimmicks which where booked by the originally registered runner for example ChampionChip, medal engraving, SMS service or Shirt will neither be taken over for the new runner nor can be refunded. ASICS event line-shirts can be picked up at the event weekend at the Marathonmall (Trade Fair (Messe Frankfurt), hall 1, level 2). For this, please get in touch with the help desk at the race number pick up. Here you will receive a voucher for picking up your shirt after showing your ID.

For the relay team the change of runners is for free. For changes, please send an e-mail to registration@frankfurt-marathon.com.

Change of data

Please send an email to registration@frankfurt-marathon.com.

Changing rooms

You can bring your clothes in the official bag to the baggage disposal from 8am on October 29th in hall 1, level 1. Please stick the provided number on your bag and allow enough time to check-in your bag.
Please note that we only accept clothing bags of the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon 2017. For other luggage we offer a wardrobe for a fee of 4 € per piece of luggage. Please ensure that you allow adequate time to hand in your clothing bag. There is no other possibility than hall 1, level 1 to hand in your bag with clothes.
After the race you can pick up your clothing bags until 5pm

The massage service is also located in hall 1, level 1. You can make use of the massage service after showering. Showers and changing rooms are located in the basement of hall 1 (stairways can be used to get there). You can also use the showers at the swimming-pool ‘Rebstockbad’ till 8pm. Just show your race number at the entry to receive a free ticket.

Church service

The church service takes place in the room ‘Blauer Saal’ of the Festhalle on Saturday, October 28th 2017 at 6pm. All runners and interested persons are welcome to join the church service.

Companionship along the course

It is not allowed to accompany any participant of the race with a bike or any other means of transportation. This would lead to a disqualification of the participant.

Course parties

Overall, there will be more than 90 parties along the course to provide a great atmosphere. A variety of cultural and sports clubs from the region will be engaged here while several bands will be playing music. More information.

Course

The Kenyan Wilson Kipsang won the Frankfurt Marathon 2011 in 2:03:42 hours, which is the current course record. With this best time, the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon is the third fastest city race worldwide. The women’s record was set in 2012. Meselech Melkamu from Ethiopia reached the finish line after 2:21:01 hours and ran the third fastest marathon debut of all times.
The German Athlete Arne Gabius caused the big surprise in 2015; he ran the german record in a time of 2:08:33 hours!
But the Frankfurt Marathon is also a good place for recreational athletes and amateurs. This fact has been proven by an analysis of the website marathon-ergebnisse.de. According to them, the Frankfurt Marathon is the by far fastest among the five largest German marathons. The average finish time is 3:57:56 hours.

The track basically takes course on wide main streets. It‘s very even, between the lowest point (89,4 meters above sea level) and the highest point (117,2 meters above sea level) is only a height difference of 27,8 meters spread over the length of 42195 meters. The course – the shortest way is marked with a blue line – goes through the city centre of Frankfurt am Main on solely asphalted streets. Signs indicate each kilometer and the half marathon, too. There is a big clock showing the race gross time every 5km and at the half marathon.

Disqualification

You will be disqualified if you
– behave unsportsmanlike or disrespect the official regulations
– use any means that is not allowed, e. g. you are accompanied by bike
– fold, shorten or put something over your race number
– disregard the marked route
– do not run over the control mats along the course
– for relay-teams only: if you start in the wrong start corral

Double start (marathon and relay marathon)

It is possible to participate in the marathon and the relay marathon. In addition to an application for both competitions, it’s provided that you have to start in the relay block (starting 10:35am) and not from a an earlier block under his marathon best. An early start leads to a disqualification of the relay team. It is valid for these participants to wear both bib numbers (front: marathon, rear: relay).

Dropping out

If you need medical aid, we recommend you to run or walk to the next water station where you will find a medical aid station as well.
If you decide to quit the race, you can either take the bus at the end of the field, or public transport which you can use for free with your race number.
Besides there are shuttle buses to the Trade Fair grounds:
ca. Km 23 Tannenkopfweg zwischen Zur Frankenfurt und Schwanheimer Ufer, Fahrtrichtung Nord zum Schwanheimer Ufer = 2 Buses
ca. Km 25,7 im Nieder-Kirchweg (nordoestliche Spur) Fahrtrichtung Nord-West zur Mainzer Landstraße = 2 Buses
ca. km 30,8 Zum Linnegraben, in Richtung Heinrich-Hardt-Straße, Eckeöstl. Richtung = 2 Buses

It is not allowed to be accompanied by any means of transportation (bikes, cars, motorbikes) or to use rollerskates, inline-skates, skateboards or any other similar means. It is not allowed to carry animals on the course.

Entry confirmation

The entry confirmations along with some important participant information about the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon will be sent by either post or email in mid August, mid September, and mid October, depending on the time of your registration. Residents of Germany can choose between postal delivery and email. All other participants will receive their entry confirmation via email. The printed entry confirmation must be shown in order to pick up the race number and package. If you don’t receive your entry confirmation (please check your spam-folder) or lose it, you may also use your passport or ID card to pick up your race documents. The important participant information mentioned above can be found in the information runners (PDF). No registration confirmation will be sent for the Mini-Marathon and the Struwwelpeter-Lauf.

Finish

You will run through the east gate into the ‘Festhalle’, where you will reach the finish line after 60m. There are stands for a total of 7,000 persons (5,000 seats and 2,000 standing rooms). When crossing the finish line and running over the mats, your time is registered. Please try to move quickly out of the ‘Festhalle‘ and towards the building ‘Forum’.

Water stations at the finish area
After leaving the ‘Festhalle‘ and the Forum, you reach the water station at the “Agora”, where you receive your medal and heat sheet. The following products are offered: Rosbacher mineral water, refreshments from Rosbacher, beers from Krombacher, organic apples, soups, cake, bars, etc. It is not possible to go back to the finish line from the water station. Only participants are allowed to enter this area. Please arrange a meeting-point with your family and/or friends somewhere outside this area.

Help Desk

If you need to change your data please contact us at
registration@frankfurt-marathon.com

If you have any queries please contact us at mail@frankfurt-marathon.com

There is also a help desk to be found at the registration venue on the race-weekend, hall 1.2.

Information Desk

An information desk can be found at the expo entrance “Eingang City”, at the Marathonmall in hall 1, level 2 and at the race number pick up area. Please don’t hesitate to ask our volunteers.

Lavatories

There are 35 mobile toilets at the start and finish area. Please also use the lavatories on the Trade Fair grounds.

You will find two toilets each at 5km and 10km, afterwards every 2.5 kilometres after the water or refreshment stations.

Massage

First, please pick up your baggage in hall 1, level 1 (you can take the escalator) until 5pm. Please show your race number in order to receive your bag. Besides you can also use the massage service between 12 noon and 5pm in hall 1, level 1 after showering. This is a free service for all our athletes.

You will find the changing rooms and showers in hall 1, basement. You can also use the showers at the swimming-pool ‘Rebstockbad’ till 8pm. Just show your race number at the entry.

Medical service

Medical service is available on race day at 10am in the Festhalle (festival hall). Moreover, medical service is guaranteed at the finish area. We recommend to call for a doctor as soon as you feel any kind of physical interference.

If you need medical aid during the race, we recommend you to run or walk to the next water station where you will find a medical aid station. If you decide to quit the race, you can either take the bus at the end of the field, or public transport which you can use for free with your race number. Besides there are shuttle buses to the Trade Fair grounds (km 23/25,7/30,8).

Meeting Point

After the race you can meet your friends and family members, who do not have access to the locked areas, at the following two meeting-points: hall 1, level 2, or “P1” (area on the expo grounds between Festhalle and hall 1).

Music while running

Walkman, iPod, iPhone, MP3 player or similar are allowed while running for amateur athletes. Please make sure that you do not interfere with other runners while running. For top athletes or runners who run at championships, music is forbidden.

Nutrition

It is possible to hand in your own nutrition for the race on October 29th 2017 until 8.00am in hall 1, basement (only signed bottles: kilometre and race number – no glass bottles). Due to organisational constraints, it is only possible to offer this service to competitive runners (men: faster than 2h45, women: faster than 3h00) and participants who need special nutrition due to medical reasons.

Pace maker

We offer experienced pace makers with estimated finish times of 2:59:00, 3:14:00, 3:29:00, 3:44:00, 3:59:00, 4:14:00, 4:29:00, 4:44:00, 4:59:00 and 5:29:00. You will recognize the pace maker in the start corrals, as they will be holding a big ballon with the finish time written on it. Start corrals: to 2:59 (ASICS), to 3:14 (BMW), to 3:29 (Stadt Frankfurt), to 3:44 (Mainova), to 3:59 (Rosbacher), from 4:00 (Messe Frankfurt).

Pasta Party (The Fattoria La Vialla – Toscana Pasta Party)

The Fattoria La Vialla – Toscana Pasta Party takes part on Saturday, October 28th 2017 from 1.30pm until 7.00pm at the festival hall (Festhalle).

All participants will receive a bowl of pasta (Fattoria La Vialla) and drinks from our sponsors Rosbacher and our beer partner Krombacher for free.

Companions and visitors can purchase pasta with or without a drink for 8€ or 5€ respectively.
More information

Pretzel run powered by interAir

Saturday, October 28th 2017, 10:00am

more information

Public transport

Your race number will serve as your public transportation ticket on October 29th 2017. The race number allows you to use all public transportation (subway, tram and bus) in the RMV district.

(For further information visit www.rmv.de/en)

Race number

Only athletes wearing the race number of the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon 2017 are allowed to participate in the race. It is not possible to transfer your race number to any other person. It has to be attached to the shirt-front. No race number belts allowed (s. IWB-Rule 18.17 et seq.)
It is not allowed to change the race number in any way, or to fold it. This would lead to a disqualification. Athletes wearing no race number at all will be disqualified, too.

Race number transfer

The transfer of your registration to another runner can be made online until October 8th 2017. In order to do so, please log in to your user account and click the “registration transfer” option.
If you don’t have a user account you can create one subsequent to your registration. To link your registration for the marathon to your newly created account, please send an email to registration@frankfurt-marathon.com.
Following you receive a coupon code via email, which you can pass on to the substitute participant. With this coupon code it is possible to register online for the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon for just 10 Euro service charge. Please note that gimmicks which were booked by the originally registered runner, for example ChampionChip, medal engraving, SMS service or Shirt, will neither be taken over for the new runner nor be refunded.

Race number belt forbiddance

The forbiddance of the race number belt is based on an announcement of the corresponding rules by the IAAF and the DLV (s. IWB-rule 18.17 et seq.). According to the rule, the size, possible brandings and the body part, which the race number must be worn on (on the chest, the bottom must be above the trouser waistband), are explicitly named.
Based on the fact that runners don’t study the international rules before taking part in a race, we consider it to be reasonable to point out the regulation in our information for runners and relay teams.
There is no rule which actually bans the race number belt but the regulation has been enacted in order to give sponsors a precisely selected presentation platform. The two sponsors who are presented on the race numbers with their logos, finance approximately 30% of the overall costs of the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon. The race number is the strongest of all advertising media of a marathon event. Accordingly it should be the general interest of all participants to provide the sponsors a great appearance in our event to make sure they keep supporting running events and not only TV-sports.

Therefore, we would like to ask you to cooperate and to wear the race number on your chest, like in the good old days .
On behalf of the event, we hope that you can follow our concern and behave correspondingly.

Radio

October 29th 2017, 8.00am-2.00pm. There will be news reports about the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon on many radio stations of Hessen, especially at hr1, who is our radio partner. Please refer to the program of your newspaper for exact times.

Registration deadline

The registration deadline for this year’s Mainova Frankfurt Marathon is October 8th 2017. Afterwards we offer an online late registration between October 9th and October 22nd 2017. After October 22nd you can only register at the registration venue on October 27th and 28th 2017.
No registration possible on the race day October 29th!

Results

The results will be published on October 29th 2017 around 2.30pm in hall 1.2 and will be kept up to date. Additionally, you will find the preliminary results online on the race day.
It is possible to raise objection against the results until November 5th 2017 the latest. All participants of the marathon will receive their official certificate via post by the end of December.

Showers

First, please pick up your baggage in hall 1, level 1 (you can take the escalator) until 5pm. Please show your race number in order to receive your bag. Besides you can also use the massage service between 12 noon and 5pm in hall 1, level 1 after showering. This is a free service for all our athletes.

You will find the changing rooms and showers in hall 1, basement. You can also use the showers at the swimming-pool ‘Rebstockbad’ till 8pm. Just show your race number at the entry.

Start

The starting line up will be at the Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage towards city centre. The field will be organized in two separate waves: first wave starts at 10am and second wave at 10:10am.
Only runners wearing official start numbers are allowed to enter the starting line up.
There are different corrals for all runners. Please go to your assigned start corral before 9:50am. Your start corral is printed on the race number (1. corral ‘ASICS’, 2. corral ‘BMW’,…) and you are only allowed to enter the corral that you are assigned to. Whether you start with the first or the second wave depends on the corral you are in. Big balloons indicating the different start corrals will show you the way to your start corral.
Due to the evaluation of your net time you won’t lose a second no matter what is your corral or wave.
Please follow the instructions of our volunteers in order to ensure a smooth starting procedure.

First wave: start at 10am
1. corral ‘ASICS’
International elite runners and runners with a finish time up to 3:00 hrs
2. corral ‘BMW’
Runners with a finish time between 3:00 and 3:15 hrs
3. corral ‘Stadt Frankfurt’
Runners with a finish time between 3:15 and 3:30 hrs

Second wave: start at 10:10am
4. corral ‘Mainova’
Runners with a finish time between 3:30 and 3:45 hrs
5. corral ‘Rosbacher’
Runners with a finish time between 3:45 and 4:00 hrs
6. corral ‘Messe Frankfurt’
Runners with a finish time from 4:00 hrs and all runners, who did not register an expected finish time.

Please come to the start as early as possible in order to avoid unnecessary hectic and confusion.

Struwwelpeter Run/Stockheaded Peter Run

Start
Saturday, October 28th 2017, 11.30am at the Forum, Messe Frankfurt

more information

Swimming-pool

All participants of the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon have the chance to use the swimming-pool (Sunday, 9am to 8pm) ‘Rebstockbad’ for free. Please take your race number or confirmation of participation with you. There will be public transportation, commencing at Hemmerichsweg.

Time limit

You will find the finish in the ‘Festhalle’. The finish is opened until 4:15pm which means that the time limit is 6 hrs (net). Participants, who finish later than this, will not have any official time, but they will receive a finisher medal and can use the water station at the finish area and all other services.

Timing

The race can only be scored by using the ChampionChip system. Further information: Mika Timing GmbH
Fon: +49 (0)2202 24 01 – 0
E-Mail: championchip@mikatiming.de

Please attach the chip to the laces of your running shoe. We can only assess your time when you cross the mats lying at the start, along the course and at the finish. Persons who do not have these times will be disqualified. Additionally, a video surveillance system is installed along the course. Please wear your race number during the whole race clearly visible on your chest.
In any case, ou have to pick up your race number in hall 1, level 2 first. This is also where you will receive your rental chip or get your own Chip checked:

CHIP-RENT: You have paid 6 € rental additional to the starting fee and therefore are registered for a rental Chip. When picking up your start number you will also receive your rental Chip. Please render the Chip undamaged on October 29th 2017 between 1pm and 5pm after the race (Mainova Mini-Marathon Chip return: 11am – 3pm) at the Chip return which is located at the race number pick up area in hall 1, level 2. If you decide to keep the Chip, it is assumed to be bought and 25 € will be charged to your credit card or bank account after the race.

CHIP-PURCHASE: You have paid 31 € additional to the starting fee and thus bought a Chip which has already been sent to you. Please bring the Chip along at the event day. When picking up our start number, please get a final check of your Chip data. The Chip can not be returned after the event.

CHIP-OWNER: If you own a Chip, please bring it along at the event day. When picking up your race number, please get a final check of your Chip data. If you didn’t name your Chip number when registering, please communicate the Chip number (letter- gure combination) to us before the race via e-mail at registration@frankfurt-marathon.com.

FORGOTTEN your Chip: If you forgot to bring your Chip along, please go to the ‘help desk’ first. There you will receive your race number and a white Chip for a rental fee of 6€. Please render the Chip undamaged on October 29th 2017 after the race between 1pm and 5pm at the Chip return, which is located at the race number pick up area in hall 1, level 2. You are not allowed to keep the white Chip, since it is not up for sale and can’t be used at other running events.

Please note: No chip – no participation!

Training

We offer a training program for all people who want to start at their first marathon, or for people who would like to be trained by a group of professional coaches. The project starts in April/May 2018 and all participants will be accompanied and trained until October.
For further information please contact +49 (0)69 37004680 or pw@frankfurt-marathon.com

Television

The race will be transmitted live on hessen fernsehen (hr) on October 29th 2017.

Most likely there will also be TV reports about the marathon on other German TV channels (ARD, ZDF, Bayern3, n-tv, wdr, MDR, RTL).

Water and nutrition stations

The stations at 5km and 10km are lined up on both sides; all other stations are one-sided only!
Every 5km the order at each water station is as following: clock, medical aid, own nutrition, Rosbacher mineral water Naturell, Rosbacher IsoFit drinks, tea, troughs with water to dunk in your sponge, litter bins. Starting at 15km, we additionally offer organic bananas. At 20km, 25km, 30km and 35km Xenofit carbohydrate gel drinks are offered. At 30km, 35km and 40 km bizzl Cola is offered. Refreshments (Rosbacher mineral water Naturell and troughs with water) can also be found at 12.5km, 17.5km, 22.5km, 27.5km, 32.5km and 37.5km.

Two Toilets can be found along the race track at the aid station at km 5 and km 10. Afterwards each 2,5 kilometres.

Weather

The average temperature by the end of October is approx. 10°-14° degrees Celsius. All competitions will be started regardless of the weather. It is not possible to refund the organisation fee due to unconvenient weather.

Withdrawal

A withdrawal of the start is only possible for marathon runners due to health reasons. A payback is not possible under any circumstances. Please send a medical certificate (copy sufficient) via email, fax or post, which confirms the impossibility of your start, until November 1st 2017 to: mail@frankfurt-marathon.com, Fax: +49 (0)69 3 70 04 68 – 11, Mainova Frankfurt Marathon, Sonnemannstr. 5, 60314 Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
You will then receive – under the deduction of a 20 € handling fee – a free start for the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon 2018. A corresponding coupon-code for the online registration will be sent to you in February 2018. The coupon-code can’t be transferred to other persons, competitions or event years. Additionally booked services (e.g. marathon book, shirt, medal engraving) are only effective for the originally booked year. ASICS Eventline-Shirts can be picked up during the event weekend at the Marathonmall (Trade Fair (Messe Frankfurt), hall 1, level 2). Please get in touch with the ‘help desk’ at the race number pick up in this case. Here you will receive a voucher for picking up your shirt after showing your ID.

There is no possibility for the team teams to transfer the starting place to the next year or cancel the starting place.
Alterations of the registered relay team can be made free of charge until October 24th 2017 via your user account or by e-mail to registration@frankfurt-marathon.com. This applies both to the order of the already reported persons, and to the exchange of originally reported persons. After October 24th, all changes are only possible on the help desk at the marathonmall (trade fair).

Camping

The actual “Park & Sleep” area for campers at the „Messe Frankfurt“ is not available during the marathon. Alternatively we can offer you a place on the Rebstock grounds, Block D (day ticket: 9 €)., plan attached. A reservation is needed. Please note that Block D is only a parking space, a power supply can not be provided here unfortunately.