Mainova Frankfurt Marathon

Age classification according to § 3 German Athletics Regulations (DLO)

You can bring your clothes in the official bag (goodie bag) to the baggage disposal on marathon-sunday from 8am  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 the official clothing bags of the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon. For other luggage we offer a wardrobe for a fee of 4,- EUR 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 bag until 5pm.

A re-registration of a runner in favour of another is only possible online up to 6th of October 2024. You can do this by clicking on the following link. Then, click on “Transfer my registration to a friend” and enter your friend’s email address. Your friend will receive an email with link to register and will have to pay a race transfer processing fee of 20,- EUR. Please note that additional services ordered by the runner originally entered such as medal engraving, SMS Service or event shirt cannot be transferred to the new registration.

If you would like to change your registration data, please click the following link.

Seperate classification for men and women:
– classification for all participants
– age groups in accordance with the regulations of IAO and IMF
– team classification for teams of three and ten runners respectively

The Mainova Frankfurt Marathon is based on the international competition rules of the IAAF respectively DLV.

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 Mainova Frankfurt Marathon is also a good place for recreational athletes and amateurs. This fact has been proven by an analysis of the website According to them, the Mainova 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.

The spectacular finish of the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon is located at the trade fare. You will run through the east gate into the ‘Festhalle’, there 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 forward out of the ‘Festhalle‘ and towards the building ‘Forum’.

The finish is open until 16:45. Accordingly, the route can be completed in 6 hours (net). This corresponds to an average time of 8:30 minutes per kilometer. After 4:45 p.m. there is no possibility to get to the finish area. Participants who finish later will no longer be recorded by the timekeeping system. This also applies to participants in the relay marathon.

You can have your personal finisher’s medal engraved with your name and overall time at the marathonmall on sunday between 12noon to 5pm, hall 1, level 2 (registration venue). If you have not ordered it online with your registration, note that you have to pay 10,- EUR.

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The following services are included in the registration fee:

  • Race number and safety pins
  • Goodie bag filled with high-quality products of our sponsors and partners
  • Coupon booklet with numerous vouchers of Frankfurt’s facilities and our partners
  • Race number as ticket for public transport on marathon-sunday (RMV-region)
  • Pocket course map
  • Free participation at the Pretzel Run powered by interAir
  • Sport-Expo Marathonmall
  • Programme brochure
  • Voucher for the Fattoria La Vialla – Toscana Pasta Party (pasta and three drinks)
  • Bag for clothes disposal in hall 1, level 1
  • Sport nutrition along the course
  • Heat poncho
  • Huge variation of sport nutrition in the finish area
  • Finisher medal
  • Preliminary certificate (pdf via online results)
  • Showers in hall 1, basement
  • Massage service in hall 1, level 1
  • Certificate per post
  • Results brochure as a PDF file on our website
  • And last but not least: The organisation of the whole event!

It is possible to hand in your own nutrition for the race on friday from 12 noon until 7pm, saturday from 10am until 7pm and sunday from 7am until 8am in hall 1, floor 2 (info-point) (only signed bottles: kilometer and race number – no glass). Due to organisational constraints, it is only possible to offer this service to competitive runners (men: faster than 2h45, women: faster than 3h) and participants who need special nutrition due to medical reasons.

Order your HOKA participant shirt online as part of your registration for the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon. If you have not ordered a shirt yet and would like to change this after your registration, you can order your desired shirt online. All you need is your email and your booking number.
The shirts are also available at our merchandising stand during the Marathonmall, while stocks last.

Prior to the event, the participant will receive a registration confirmation with all information relevant to the event. The registration confirmation from the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon will be sent out, regardless of the registration date, in the middle of October via e-mail.  If you register after the date of dispatch , you will receive the registration confirmation automatially right after your registration via e-mail.

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. A result brochure as a PDF file is available at the end of November on our website. You can find the results of the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon on our website: Here we will also provide a result brochure as a PDF file at the end of November.
A list of all results can be found in hall 1, level 2. Objections can be made until November 5th 2023.

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.

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 9:50 am. Your start corral is printed on the race number
(1. corral ‘HOKA’, 2. corral ‘Messe Frankfurt.’…). You are only allowed to enter the corral that you are assigned to. Your wave is the result of your corral. 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 „HOKA“
International elite runners and runners with a finish time up to 3:00 hrs
2. corral „Messe Frankfurt“
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 „Krombacher“
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 excitement.

We can text your unofficial time to your mobile phone free of charge. To take advantage of this service, please fill in your mobile phone number on the registration form and tick box A.
Do you want your split times as well? Then tick box B. This service costs 3,- EUR.

If someone accompanying you also wishes to see just how you are getting on in the race we can text your split times and your finishing time to a second mobile phone. Please put down two mobile phone numbers on the registration form and tick box C. This service costs 5,- EUR.

The race can only be scored by using the timing chip that is enclosed to the bib.

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, isotonic drinks by Rosbacher, tea, troughs with water to dunk in your sponge, litter bins. Starting at 15km, we additionally offer organic bananas. At km15 and at KM 30 we provide Gel from Maurten (Maurten Gel 100). At 30km, 35km, 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, 32,5 and 37.5km.

The drinks are offered not from bottles, but from cups.

After leaving the ‘Festhalle‘ and the Forum, you reach the water station at the “Agora”, where you receive your medal and heat poncho.
The following products are offered: Rosbacher mineral water, isotonic drinks by Rosbacher, beers by Krombacher Brewery, organic bananas and organic apples, soups, cake, 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.

Marathon runners are permitted to withdraw from the race on health grounds. Please click this link and send us a request for cancellation by November 1st 2023 at the latest, along with your medical certificate proving that you cannot participate anymore. After approval of your medical certificate, you will receive an email to confirm that your cancellation has been accepted. In February 2024, you will receive an invitation email with a code to enter the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon 2024. You will only have to pay a processing fee of 20,- EUR. A transfer of this new registration is not possible.

Additional services which have been ordered such as medal engraving, SMS Service or event shirt are only valid for the year in respect of the booking. If you have ordered a shirt in advance, you can collect this on the weekend of the event at the Sportswear Expo in the Marathon Mall. A refund of the entry fee is not possible.