Mainova Frankfurt Marathon

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 ‘ASICS’, 2. corral ‘BMW’…). 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 „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 excitement.

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 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 20km, 25km, 30km and 35km vegan Enervit Gels (Citrus, Cola, Orange, Raspberry) are offered. At 30km, 35km, 40 km bizzl Cola and at 30km Krombacher o,0% are 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.

The entry confirmations along with some important participant information about the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon will be sent by email in mid August, mid September, and mid October, depending on the time of your registration. The printed entry confirmation must be shown in order to pick up the race number and package. If you didn’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 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 October 25th 2020 (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 on October 24th 2020 (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
  • On October 25th until 8pm free entry to “Rebstockbad” (swimming-pool): swimming, changing room, showers
  • Certificate per post
  • Results brochure as a PDF file on our website
  • And last but not least: The organisation of the whole event!

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.

  • M/W U20 2001 – 2002
  • M/W U23 1998 –2000
  • M/W H 1986 – 1997
  • M/W 35 1981 – 1985
  • M/W 40 1976 – 1980
  • M/W 45 1971– 1975
  • M/W 50 1966 – 1970
  • M/W 55 1961 – 1965
  • M/W 60 1956 – 1960
  • M/W 65 1951 – 1955
  • M/W 70 1946 – 1950
  • M/W 75 1941 – 1945
  • M/W 80 1940 and older

The race can only be scored by using the ChampionChip system. Further information: Mika Timing GmbH
Fon: +49 (0)2202 24 01 – 113

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: If you decide to rent (12.00 EUR), you will receive your rented chip together with your starting documents. Please return this undamaged after crossing the finish line to the chip reception. This can only be done on the day of the event and at no other time.

IMPORTANT: You have to return the Chip back at the finish line in order to retrieve your €5 deposit.

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

FORGOTTEN your Chip: If you forgot to bring your Chip along, please first go to the ‘help desk’. There you will receive your race number and a blue Chip for a rent of 12 €. Please render the Chip undamaged on October 24th 2020 after the race between 12noon 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 blue Chip, since it is not up for sale and can’t be used at other running events.

Please note: No chip – no timing!

A re-registration of a runner in favour of another is only possible online up to 4.10.2020. 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 €10. Please note that additional services ordered by the runner originally entered such as ChampionChip, 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.

Marathon runners are permitted to withdraw from the race on health grounds. Please click this link  and send us a request for cancellation by October 28th 2020 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 2021, you will receive an invitation email with a code to enter the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon to be held on 24.10.2021. You will only have to pay a processing fee of 20.00 Euro. 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.

You can bring your clothes in the official bag (goodie bag) to the baggage disposal from 8am on October 25th 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 2020. 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 bag until 5pm.

It is possible to hand in your own nutrition for the race on October 23rd from 12 noon until 7pm, October 24th from 10am until 7pm and October 25th 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.

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.

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 1st 2020.

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 3,00 €.

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 5,00 €.

Order your ASICS Eventline Shirt online as part of your registration for the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon. If you have not yet ordered a shirt and would like to change it after your registration, you can order your desired shirt online at

For this you only need your email and your booking number.

The shirts can also be purchased at the merchandising booth an the Marathonmall, which is located next to the ASICS booth.
ASICS Eventline-Shirt short-sleeved women/men: 30 €
ASICS Eventline-Shirt long-sleeved women/men: 42 €

You can have your personal finisher’s medal engraved with your name and overall time, on Sunday, October 25th 2020, 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 €.

The offical marathon book with lot of great pictures and storys (100 sites), pre-order price: €35.

motion events GmbH
Tel +49 69 3 70 04 68-0
Fax +49 69 3 70 04 68-11

  1. Applicability

1.1       The following entries are valid for all runs of the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon, in particular the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon, the Generali relay marathon, the Schneider Electric Mini-Marathon and the Shock-headed Peter Run powered by Schneider Electric (hereinafter individually “event” or a combination of “events”).

1.2       Organizer of the event is motion events GmbH, Sonnemannstraße 5, 60314 Frankfurt am Main (in reference to: we, us or organizer).

1.3       For all orders in our web shop, are our general transaction condition valid – you can visit our shop at

  1. Registration and participation fees

2.1       The registration of the events is possible up to 7 days before the event as an online-registration over our website.  Registration in other forms such as (fax, e-mail) will only be processed on an exception basis after coordinating this with the organizer. Before sending out your data the participant can check their information, so that it is failure-free.  The registration is in German, English and French languages possible.

The contract confirmation is confirmed through the booking confirmation sent via e-mail from the organizer.  With the booking confirmation, you will we receive the contract details with the information you provided us during the registration process.


2.2       Prior to the event, the participant with receive a registration confirmation with all information relevant to the event.  The registration confirmation from the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon will take place regardless of the registration date in the middle of August, September and October via e-mail with the exception being the Generali relay marathon being sent out in the middle of September and October. For the Shock-headed Peter Run no registration email will be sent out.

2.3       In the event of a group registration, the applicant guarantees that the registration of all group members is authorized and that all declarations may be submitted for you. The applicant will inform all group members about the conditions of participation as well as the privacy policy.

2.4       Registrations will not be processed for underage/minors.  Registrations can only be processed through their parents or guardians.

2.5       The payment of the participation fees as well as the extra options (ChampionChip, medallion engraving, SMS-Service or a sports shirt) can be either through bank transfer or credit card.

2.6       If the maximal number of participants is not reach, a person can register in 2 days before the event by the organizer and pay with cash.

2.7       The cancellation of our registration is only possible with proof of health issues.  In this case, a 20,00 € transactions fee will be deducted and a coupon code will be issued for the following year.  This code is non-transferable for other people, events and years.

2.8       Transferring the registration to another person is only possible up to the third week before the start of the event and costs 10,00 €.  The extra options previous booked by the participant will not be transferred or refunded.

2.9       By non-participation or disqualification, the participation has right to a refund of the participation fees and the fees for the extra options.  In the event, that the event does not take place, a portion of the already paid fee will be deducted for the work already provided from the organizer and the remained will be refunded.

  1. Participation allowance and competition rules

3.1       Participants allowed are every registered running, who meets the participation requirements such as for example the age requirements.

3.2       The participants understand the international competitions rules of the (IWR) the IAAF as well as the DLV, especially the Anti-Doping policies.

3.3       The participant ensures the organizer that he or she participates if they are healthy and have the adequate training to participate.  In the event that a participant jeopardizes his or her health during the event, they will be removed from the run and be removed from the event completely.

3.4       Every participant receives their start number at the event only with proof of their registration confirmation in addition to a form of identification.  If the participant cannot personally pick up their start number, a third-party person can pick up the number with the registration confirmation plus a signed power of attorney from the participant.

The participant ensures us, that his/her information is correct and that his/her start number and/or ChampionChip will not be given to other persons.

3.5       The official start number must by position as stated in the international competition rules on the breast and may not be altered in any form.  In addition, the printed advertisements on the start number may not be unreadable and must always remain visible.

3.6       Every participant must wear the ChampionChip and it must be held in place by the shoe’s laces of the running shoe.  The time of the participant will be taken, only when the participant runs over the control mats at the start, the finish and the others along the marathon course.

3.7       Also, a part of the international competition rules, it is forbidden to leave the course or take shortcuts or receive help from a non-participant (with a bicycle, inline-skates), being accompanied by a non-participant or using any other form of help.  Additionally, the international anti-doping rules apply for all participants.

3.8       The instructions of the organizer as well as medical personnel is to be followed at all times.

  1. Results and Disqualifications

4.1       Every participant, who goes against the international competition rules or the rules of participation and/or does not adhere to the instructions of the organizer, will be removed from the event and disqualified.  A removal from the event and/or a disqualification may occur for the following reasons:

  • unsportsmanlike conduct or undisciplined conduct
  • breaking the rules of the anti-doping policy
  • non-allowed help from an outside source such as a pacemaker with a bicycle
  • by changing the start number such as bending, to change the size of it or making parts of the number not visible
  • by taking a shortcut along the course
  • by not running over the control mats placed along the course.
  • by relay participants: starting by the wrong competition such as starting in the marathon start

4.2       The results will be published on our website and will be hung out at the event.  A rebuttal against the results in only possible within a 1-week period after the event.

  1. Photos and Videos

As a part of the event, photos and videos will be made for editorial as well as commercial purposes to showcase the participants. Due to the size of the event, it is not possible to cut individual participants out of the pictures. With your registration, you therefore grant us a irrevocable, unlimited and transferable right to use the photos, videos and interviews made in connection with the event.

  1. Limitation of Liability

6.1       The organizer is liable, for whatever legal reason, only in accordance in the following instances:


  • The organizer is liable for intent and gross negligence in accordance with statutory regulations.


  • In the case of light act of negligence, the organizer is liable only in case of breach of a material contractual obligation. The fulfillment of which enables the proper execution of the contract in the first place and on whose compliance the participant may regularly rely on. In these instances, we are liable only in the amount of the foreseeable, contract-typical damage.
  • In the cases of slight negligence, the liability for other damages, in particular consequential damages, indirect damage or loss of profit, is excluded.


The above limitations do not apply to injury, life, body and/or health, as well as liability under the Product Liability Act. As far as the liability of the organizer is excluded or limited, this also applies to the liability of its employees, other employees, representatives and any other agents.


6.2       Without precedent to the above provision, the organizer assumes no liability for health risks of the participants resulting from participation in the event. The usage of any medical treatment by the on-site medical staff must be decided upon by each participant.

  1. Rights to Withdrawal

In accordance to the paragraph 312g Nr. 9 in the BGB, the participants are excluded from their withdrawal rights.

  1. Data Protection

Our data protection rules are found on our website at

  1. Final Provisions

9.1       The laws and rights of the land of Germany take precedent.

9.2       The European Commission has an out-of-court online dispute platform (OS-Platform) available, which can be found under .  Our e-mail address you can find in our imprint.  We  are neither committed to nor willing to participate in the dispute process.