Mainova Frankfurt Marathon

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 diff erence of 27,8 meters spread over the length of 42195 meters.
Important information for marathon runners October 29th 2017 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 7,000persons (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 and 30km Xenofi t Carbohydrate-Gels 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 28th 2018 (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 27th 2018 (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
– 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 1999 – 2000

·     M/W U23 1996 – 1998

·     M/W H 1984 – 1995

·     M/W 35 1979 – 1983

·     M/W 40 1974 – 1978

·     M/W 45 1969 – 1973

·     M/W 50 1964 – 1968

·     M/W 55 1959 – 1963

·     M/W 60 1954 – 1958

·     M/W 65 1949 – 1953

·     M/W 70 1944 – 1948

·     M/W 75 1939 – 1943

·     M/W 80 1938 and older

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

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 (11.00 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

A re-registration of a runner in favour of another is only possible online up to 7.10.2018. 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 31st 2018 at the latest, along with your medical certificate prooving that you can not participate anymore. After approval of your medical certificate, you will receive an email to confirm that your cancellation has been accepted. In February 2019, you will receive an invitaiton email with a code to enter the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon to be held on 27.10.2019. 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 28th 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. 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 27th from 2pm until 7pm and on October 28th from 7am until 8am in hall 1, basement (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 4th 2018.

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 until October 7th 2018 ASICS Eventline-Shirts short- or long-sleeved for an early bird price of 28 € respectively 40€. Therefore please send us an email with your order and a corresponding direct debit authorisation to 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 28th 2018, 12 noon to 5pm, hall 1, level 2 (registration venue). If you have not ordered it online with your registration, note that you have to pay 9 €.

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

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The organiser or his representative and other authorised persons cannot be held responsible for any form of damage or injury incurred as a result of participation in the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon and accompanying events, except in the case of the latter having caused these intentionally or as a result of grave negligence. This also applies to sponsors and the owners of private paths and their representatives. This exemption from liability also applies to accompanying persons.I herewith declare that I am in a fit state of health and have trained to a sufficient standard. I agree to being withdrawn from the race should be in danger of damaging my health.I agree to data on theregistration form relating to myself being passed on to third parties (sponsors and media partners, Mika Timing cause timing, German Red Cross cause assistance, cause pictures, MySports cause live streaming, My Sports cause video service), and any photographs, film material and radio and TV interviews that are made in onjunction with the Frankfurt Marathon including those in advertising, books and photographic reproductions being passed and used without any claim to compensation on my part.I confirm that the data I provided is correct, and that I will pass neither race number nor ChampionChip to another person. I agree to data on the registration form relating to myself being saved beyond the event for commercial purposes. I am aware that altering the official race number in any way, in particular making the advertising illegible or unrecognisable and being accompanied by persons on sports equipment such as inline skates, bicycles etc.) will lead to disqualification. Should I fail to participate or should the event not take place due to force majeure I am not entitled to reimbursement of the entry fee or of the fees I paid for additional services (medal engraving, sms-service. shirts, etc.). The Mainova Frankfurt Marathon is based on the international competition rules of the IAAF respectively DLV. The agreement shall be governed by the law of Germany. Location of any legal proceedings: Frankfurt am Main (Note: in accordance with data protection laws your data will be stored on computers).