Elite competition.

Each year Copenhagen Marathon has an international elite competition.There are two elite divisions – The International Elite A which is reserved for the international elite and the international Elite B that is open to everyone who meets the qualification requirements.

Competition Terms

Requirements for qualifying times

Your qualifying time must be achieved between 1st of January 2023 and 14th of April 2025 at an official competition certified by a national athletics federation and/or AIMS.

The course must be correctly measured and approved by the national athletics federation and/or AIMS.

Shoe rules

All International Elite A and International Elite B runners must comply with World Athletics’ shoe rules.

Shoe checks will be carried out if there is any suspicion regarding stack heights.

List of approved shoes

Prize money and ceremony

There will be prize money to the fastest runners at the Copenhagen Marathon. Please note that prize money in Denmark is taxed 15%.

The winners of the Danish championships participate in the award ceremony, which takes place in the Runners Area.

Se prize money and bonuses

Practical information
for elite B and C
for Race Day

Closer to Race Day Elite B and C runners can find:

  • Information about your bib number
  • How to find the Expo
  • The schedule for Race Day on May 11th
  • Personal fluid drop-off
  • The pacers for Copenhagen Marathon
Our Elite division services
Refreshment Zones

Read all about the refreshment zones at the Copenhagen Marathon and your options for personalized bottles on the course.

Elite area

An Elite area will be provided before, during and after the race. In addition, there is also a closed off warm-up area

Changing rooms and clothes

Changing rooms will be available and it is possible to hand over extra clothes at the start line

Elite B placing

The International Elite B division is open to everyone who meets the qualification requirements and can document their qualifying time.
The qualifying times are:

Women, half marathon: 1 h : 23 min . 00 sek
Men, half marathon: 1 h : 12 min . 00 sek

Women, marathon: 2 h : 55 min . 00 sek
Men, marathon: 2 h : 32 min . 00 sek

Elite A placing

The International Elite A division at the Copenhagen Marathon is for the fastest elite runners in the field.

If you wish to be placed in the Elite A-category, and has not received an invitation, you are welcome to contact [email protected]. Placement will then depend on an individual assessment.

Doping Rules

It is not allowed to be doped and participate in the elite competition of the Copenhagen Marathon.

Any athlete who is subsequently found guilty of doping at the Copenhagen Marathon or who has been suspended from competition due to a doping prior to the event will be required to reimburse any expenses the race organiser has had regarding the athlete’s participation in the Copenhagen Marathon, as the performance – regardless of placement – is deemed invalid.