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Half marathon

Half marathon

Entry fees

The entry fees for the Generali Cologne Half Marathon go by certain contingencies of entry slots, not according to certain points in time.

Entry slots Entry fee
1 – 1,499 €50.00
1,500 – 7,499 €60.00
7,500 – 17,000 €70.00

Race information – What do I have to know?

We will organise the Generali Cologne Half Marathon according to Deutscher Leichtathletik-Verbandes (DLV) e. V.’s international competitions rules and International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) regulations under the supervision of the DLV. These guidelines are obligational for runners with and without German Athletics Federation (DLV)’s pass.

The compliance with these rules will be checked and recorded by the referees.

The age classes are as follows: 16-17 years, 18-19, 20-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 years and older. Most relevant for this categorisation is the date of birth.

There is a separate scoring for each gender, relevent is the net time.

Special scorings

  • age categories M/F  (see above)
  • teams M/F: the 3 best participants of a club or company
  • city championship M/F: official residence in Cologne (ZIP code/post code 50400 – 51300) – proof needed for award ceremony!
  • student cup M/F: for matriculated students at German universities
  • costumes scoring  presented by Kölnische Rundschau

For the challenge half marathon you must at least be 16 years of age on race day (birthday in 2005 and older) and possess an official bib number with a transponder.

16,000 starting slots are in free sale, further 1,000 are reserved for our partners, sponsors and travel agencies.

Please note that, due to a strict timeframe, you are to complete the competition within a time of 2:45 hours net. Otherwise you will be taken off the course and brought to the finish area by bus.

The course has to be opened for the marathoners then.

We store and process the person-related data from your registration for the conduct and realisation of the event, particularly the data necessary for payment (via raceresult AG) and communications.

Without the following consent a participation in our event is not possible: You explicitly agree to the publication of your last name, first name, sex, year of birth, age category, club, bib number and result (position and times) in all race-related media such as online media (e. g. web site, app, live stream, social media), print media and TV.

Starting times (may be subject to change)

8:30 a. m. half marathon

10:00 a. m. marathon including relay teams and school marathon
starting blocks RED, BLUE, YELLOW an ORANGE


The start will be located on Opladener Straße next to Ottoplatz/Bahnhof Deutz.

Your time will be measured with a transponder attached to the bib number by race result for the first time.

You must wear a transponder to get an official finishing time!

Please fasten your bib number in breast height on shirt.

Please do NOT use magnetic pins or the like for fixing the bib number. They can have a negative impact on chronometry and the detection of your times.

Make sure that you overrun all chronometry mats along the course. Lacking interval times may cause in disqualification.

The first 10 finishers per sex will be ranked by gross time and be marked by * in the result list.

Enjoy the moment! Directly after crossing the finish line you will obtain your well-deserved finisher medal.

You may have a look onto a first, unofficial preliminary certificate with a click on your name in the result list in the internet.

Your official certificate with the final time and positioning will be available approximately one week after the race (after the period for objection) at the same place.

Note: Within this period positionings may change.

Our race will be organized according to our, IAAF and DLV guidelines and specifications.


A violation of these provisions will directly lead to disqualification, i. e.:

  • starting without any bib number or any transponder or manipulation of transponder or chronometry (lacking intervall times, abandoning or shortening the course)
  • starting with more than one transponder
  • starting in the wrong starting block ahead, to be monitored via chronometry!
  • alteration of the bib number such as concealing or deviating the sponsors bar
  • transfer of bib number and/or transponder to another person
  • exceeding the given time limit
  • undershooting the required age
  • carrying along baby buggies, baby joggers etc.
  • carrying along animals
  • carrying along or using other technical devices
  • accompanying on bikes, inline skates etc.
  • taking illegal performance-enhancing substances (doping)
  • wearing headphones and listening to music via technical devices, e. g. iPods, smartphones etc.
  • violences against DLV and/or IAAF competition rules

In case you would like to register 10 or more single starters for the half marathon and/or marathon please make use of the group registration option.

The discount per person (10% off) will be cleared as soon as you reach or exceed the relevant participant number.

The right to participate is a personal right and is not transferrable. You may not transfer your bib number to another person. Otherwise you will be disqualifíed.

Should you realise during your training that you can also run the double distance and dare the challenge the marathon (upgrade from half marathon to marathon) you could change the competition to the marathon prior to August 31, 2021 at the latest.

For the upgrade you are to pay the remaining amount of the already paid half marathon rate to the current marathon tariff.

You can change the competition by yourself via the link in your email confirmation of registration. Just click on “In order to edit your data please use this link” and go on.

Please find further information in the FAQ section (tbc, currently still as of 2019/2020).

Discover the course

The top 10

Here please find the fasted ever run times (women and men) as well as the fastest times per year (other scorings).

Positioning Name Country Time
#1 Sabrina Mockenhaupt DE 01:08:51
#2 Alina Reh DE 01:09:31
#3 Irina Mikitenko DE 01:10:09
#4 Sabrina Mockenhaupt DE 01:10:33
#5 Sabrina Mockenhaupt DE 01:10:35
#6 Luminita Ziatuc DE 01:11:54
#7 Sabrina Mockenhaupt DE 01:10:55
#8 Sabrina Mockenhaupt DE 01:12:05
#9 Eleni Gebrehiwoth DE 01:12:24
#10 Simret Restle-Apel DE 01:12:28
Positioning Name Country Time
#1 Leonard Langat KE 01:03:00
#2 Melaku Belachew ET 01:03:26
#3 Hendrik Pfeiffer DE 01:03:42
#4 Tom Gröschel DE 01:04:49
#5 Collins Kibet KE 01:05:08
#6 Hendrik Pfeiffer DE 01:05:11
#7 Jan Fitschen DE 01:05:19
#8 Karol Grunenberg DE 01:05:20
#9 Vitaly Rybak UA 01:05:27
#10 Marcel Bräutigam DE 01:05:35
Positioning Name Country Time
#1 Maike Schön DE 01:15:55
#2 Ulla Gatzweiler DE 01:18:38
#3 Susanne Schulze DE 01:19:39
#4 Vera Coutellier DE 01:20:09
#5 Ulla Gatzweiler DE 01:20:28
#6 Vera Coutellier DE 01:21:09
#7 Marlies Meyer DE 01:21:48
#8 Aude Salord FR 01:21:57
#9 Rike Westermann DE 01:22:12
#10 Ulla Gatzweiler DE 01:23:32
Positioning Name Country Time
#1 Lars Haferkamp DE 01:07:35
#2 Bob Greis DE 01:08:11
#3 Bob Greis DE 01:09:36
#4 Lars Haferkamp DE 01:09:51
#5 Marc Fricke DE 01:10:03
#6 Sebastian Meurer DE 01:10:25
#7 Roland Emmerich DE 01:10:56
#8 Noureddine Mansouri DE 01:11:14
#9 Sebastian Meurer DE 01:12:22
#10 Idriss Oubaha MA 01:12:50
Positioning Name Country Time
#1 PSV Grün Weiß Kassel DE 03:50:55
#2 LAZ PUMA Rhein-Sieg DE 04:02:09
#3 LAZ Puma Troisdorf Siegburg DE 04:07:27
#4 LG ASV DSHS KÖLN DE 04:09:23
#5 Ski-Keller Kaulard & Schroiff 1 DE 04:09:36
#6 SG Wenden DE 04:13:08
#7 LAZ Puma Rhein-Sieg DE 04:23:33
#8 Laufsport Bunert Köln DE 04:30:54
#9 LAZ Puma Rhein-Sieg DE 04:33:41
#10 Saucony DE 04:37:09
Positioning Name Country Time
#1 LG Telis Finanz Regensburg DE 03:20:21
#2 LAZ Puma Troisdorf/Siegburg DE 03:25:30
#3 PSV Grün Weiß Kassel DE 03:26:32
#4 LG Olympia Dortmund 1 DE 03:26:53
#5 LAZ Puma Troisdorf/Siegburg DE 03:34:20
#6 LG Dorsten DE 03:34:37
#7 TV Refrath DE 03:34:57
#8 ASV Duisburg DE 03:36:30
#9 LT DSHS Köln DE 03:41:07
#10 TV Refrath 1 DE 03:42:00
Positioning Name Country Time
#1 Debbie Schöneborn DE 01:06:42
#2 Laura Hottenrott DE 01:13:12
#3 Laura Hottenrott DE 01:15:11
#4 Inga Hundeborn DE 01:22:43
#5 Leonie Schelp DE 01:26:58
Positioning Name Country Time
#1 Hendrik Pfeiffer DE 01:03:40
#2 Tobias Blum DE 01:05:39
#3 Florian Röser DE 01:06:42
#4 Tobias Blum DE 01:06:46
#5 Ralf Ulmer DE 01:11:46
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What to do when you get ill prior to the race or you cannot come due to important reasons?

The Generali entry fee insurance (managed by Europ Assistance) will cover the costs of the entry fee e. g. in the case of illness, accident, unemployment, short-time work or extensive damage to your property (cf. insurance policy, in German 🇩🇪 only).

Book the entry fee insurance – depending on the entry fee contingency for € 4.11 (first contingency) or € 5.36 (second to fourth contingency) – and you can start your training without any stress! :o)

Please find further information on the coverage of the policy here (in German 🇩🇪 only!).

What is to do in the case of an insured event? As long as you booked this insurance and you cannot take part in the race please deregister via this form (see below) and send the following documents to the insurance at reise@europ-assistance.de:

  • copy of your email confirmation of registration
  • copy of your email confirmation of participation, if available
  • fully filled deregistration form
  • copy of the insurance pass (“Versicherungsausweis”) – see your email confirmation of registration
  • proof of illness, damage etc. (e. g. medical certificate)
  • your bank details (IBAN and BIC)
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Plakat Studi-Werk Cup

Student cup

Those who learn a lot need to keep a level head! And to keep this, as is well-known, you have to do sports and go running. Therefore, we would like to award running students and will again introduce the student cup (‘Studi-Werk Cup’ in German 🇩🇪) in cooperation with the Kölner Studierendenwerk for the marathon and half marathon like year before.

When you are currently matriculated at a German university you may register online prior to September 22, 2021 for cheaper rates (after the first entry fee contingency 10% off the entry fee). Note: This scoring is not available for elite runners.

And we will have fancy prices for the fastest would-be graduates:

  • #1: € 250.00 for the semester fee, sponsored by Generali Cologne Marathon
  • #2: € 150.00 for the canteen, sponsored by Kölner Studierendenwerk
  • #3: € 70.00 CologneTourism voucher, e. g. for KölnShop, concert tickets etc.

NEW: The award ceremony will directly take place on stage in the finish after the race for the first time. Please bring your valid student ID to race. We will check it before the award ceremony.

Note: Should you already be registered for the race we still may enroll you for the special student scoring. A reimbursement will however not be possible.


Sustainability is one of THE topics of the 21st century. We, the employees of the Cologne Marathon, together with our partners would also like to contribute to save and conserve our planet and to use resources, as far as possible, reasonably.

And in order to reach our aims we need your help! Please support us by throwing the cups on the course and in the post-finish refreshment area into the corresponding nets. But also by disbanding from the widespread “We have done it always like this” idea. The first step towards more sustainability is thinking about it.

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