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Relay team marathon

Relay team marathon

Entry fees

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

Entry slots Entry fee
1 – 199 €150.00
200 – 599 €170.00
600 – 1,100 €190.00

Race information – What do I have to know?

We will organise the Generali Relay Team Marathon according to Kölner Verein für Marathon e. V. regulations on the basis of Deutscher Leichtathletik-Verbandes (DLV) e. V. and International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) rules.

Four runners form a relay team that is to absolve the total distance of 42.195 kilometres (12 – 11.5 – 6 – 12.7 k).

There is not any separate scoring for each gender and/or age classes.

This relay competition is open for private, club and company teams.

For the relay team marathon challenge you must at least be 14 years of age on race day (birthday in 2007 and older) and possess an official bib number with a transponder.

950 starting slots for relay teams are in free sale, further 150 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 6:00 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 public transportation 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 the 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 team bib number with the number belt and wear it on the hips. And pin the back numbers on the backs.

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 finisher relay teams will be ranked by gross time and be marked by * in the result list.

The four team members will share the totoal distance of 42.195 kilometres.

The four stages have different distances:

  • 1st runner approx. 12.0 k
  • 2nd runner approx. 11.5 k
  • 3rd runner approx. 6.0 k
  • 4th runner approx. 12.7 k

Enjoy the moment! Directly after crossing the finish line your last runner will obtain the well-deserved finisher medals for all team members.

You may have a look onto a first, unofficial preliminary certificate with a click on the name of your relay team 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.

Neumarkt serves as the meeting point for all relay teams.

Located with best transport connections in downtown Cologne the runners may meet here prior to the start, hand in their kit bags and get easily to the start and transition zones by KVB tram and subways.

After the event the relay team members will meet here again. Music, moderation, catering and sales booths as well as medal engraving and a look onto the other runners on the course will complete the portfolio.

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
  • start with more or less than 4 relay team members
  • handing-over of transponders outside the transition zones

The final composition of your relay team has to be finalised prior to October 2, 2021, at 5:30 p. m.

Should anyone of your team members resign shortly please check our Facebook marketplace for relay teams (Facebook-Staffelbörse) and search for alternative runners.

Please find the (2019) transition zones here:

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

Relay team marathon course

The top 10

Here please find the fasted ever run times in Cologne. Note: There were no result lists according to times in the first years of the carnival relay teams, but ranking according to the alphabet.

Positioning Name Country Time
#1 Saucony Run Your World Team DE 02:19:26
#2 R(h)ein Inklusiv DE 02:21:17
#3 TV Wattenscheid 01 DE 02:29:49
#4 BunertDerKölnerLaufladen DE 02:30:31
#5 Bunert / Rhein-Berg Runners DE 02:31:14
#6 Laufsport Bunert Köln DE 02:32:05
#7 Laufsport Bunert Köln DE 02:32:30
#8 Funtastic 4 Cologne DE 02:39:00
#9 TG Konz Saar-Mosel-Läufer DE 02:43:08
Go to all results


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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