Group Training

Training has been postponed due to COVID-19. We will start in smaller groups as soon we can. Until then, you can follow the training plan below.

The official and free Copenhagen Marathon group training is free and for all runners. It normally takes place every Sunday from November until race day in May.

This year, everything is a little different because of COVID-19, so for now we will train together virtually, until we can run together again.

Practical details

Time & place: We meet at Østerbro Stadion, Gunnar Nu Hansens Plads, DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø, every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. starting in the first weekend of November. The training continues every Sunday until race day. The training is free and open to everyone – no matter your level or ambitions. You don’t need to sign up, and you can join as many or few trainings you feel like.

We recommend you join the training events on Facebook, which is where any changes and practical information will be posted.

Pace groups: All runners will be divided into 11 different pace teams from 4:15 to 6:30 min/km. Both new and experienced marathon runners are most welcome.

The paces are (min/km) 4:15 – 4:30 – 4:45 – 5:00 – 5:15 – 5:30 – 5:45 – 6:00 – 6:15 – 6:30 – 7:00

Training plan & test races: Long slow runs are a vital part of almost every marathon training programme, which makes this training easy to combine with most training plans or philosophies. We’ve even put in a number of opportunities to test your training progress, for instance at the Nike Marathontest series consisting of three races from February to April. Sign up for a race here

Facilities: Changing rooms and showers are available in Idrætshuset, Gunnar Nu Hansens Plads 7, right next to the stadium. If you need a place to store your personal belongings during the training, you can use the lockers in the hall. Bring your own padlock.

Date / month Distance (km) Course / event
November Distance Course
15 November 8 / 12
22 November 10 / 14
29 November 10 / 14
Total kilometres 28 / 40
December Distance Course
6 December 13 / 17
13 December 13 / 17
20 December 15 / 19
27 December 17 Fedtforbrændingsløbet (Sparta members only)
Total kilometres 71.1 / 92.3
January Distance Course
3 January 18
10 January 18
17  January 18
24 January 18
31 January 20
Total kilometres 92
February Distance Course
7 February 10 Sparta race event:
Nike Marathontest 1
14 February 20
21 February 22
28 February 22
Total kilometres 74
March Distance Course
7 March 15
14 March 24 Sparta race event: Nike Marathontest 2
21 March 24
28 March 26
Total kilometres 89
April Distance Course
4 April 26
11 April 21,1 Sparta race event: Nike Marathontest 3
18 April 30
25 April 20
Total kilometres 97.1
 May Distance Course
2 May 12  
9 May 8
16 May 42.195 Copenhagen Marathon 2021
Total kilometres 20 / 62.195