Will the Copenhagen Marathon be held this year? Our answer is: Yes, we hope so – but in a different version.
Running is our passion. We miss running, and we want nothing more than to see you cross that finish line. That is why we are prepared to go a long way to launch you off into the streets of Copenhagen come May, and we are confident that we will be capable to make the adjustments required to ensure a corona-safe event.
However, we are aware that traveling across borders right now is extremely difficult, if not impossible.
We therefore expect that the vast majority of our foreign entrants will not be able to make it to the startling line. This is why we are now giving all participants the option to choose whether to keep their entry, defer to 2022 or get a refund.
Necessary adjustments to race setup
For those of you who hope to be able to make it to Copenhagen, there will be a number of changes to the race set-up.
Changes that will ensure a corona-safe environment, but also, and equally important, to fit the event to a remarkably lower number of participants this year, which is the scenario we have to expect.
Provided the Danish health authorities approve our plans, we hope that we will be able to put together a great, but a little different and corona-safe marathon for those of you, who want to keep training and keep your fingers crossed.
These will be the most important changes to this year’s event:
This will change
- The course is changed to a 14 km round course – a flat and fast course through the central parts of Copenhagen. See the course map here
- Start and finish is relocated to the area around the National Football Stadion to ensure sufficient space
- All entrants will be divided into smaller starting groups to ensure a safe distance during the entire event
- Expo and bib number hand-out will take place in a corona-safe setting
What you still get
- Corona-safe refreshment zones with everything you need during the marathon
- Course measured and approved by the AIMS
- A Nike participant T-shirt
- Entertainment, music, speakers and stage programme
- Official timing and splits at every 5 km and at 21.1 km
- Live tracking and resultats in race app
How can we succeed?
We want to be very honest with you.
Right now, it is not allowed to gather more than 5 people together, and borders are closed. However, Denmark is optimistically looking into a slow reopening, which is a clear requisite for the Copenhagen Marathon to take place.
Also, we clearly expect a vaccine passport or a negative corona test to be a requirement to take part in the race. Further, all participants will have to be divided into smaller groups, while refreshments, hydration, medals etc. will be handed out with all necessary precautions.
We put our hopes and expectations into the next phases of the reopening proces, and we very much hope that we will be given the necessary green lights to go through with the event.
Signed up yet? Here are your options
Participants are given the option to choose between 1) keeping your entry and hope to be able to participate in the 2021 edition of the Copenhagen Marathon, 2) defer your entry to 2022, or 3) cancel your entry and get a refund.
Considering signing up?
In case the event is cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions or general circumstances caused by COVID-19, you are offered a refund or deferment to 2022. You are also entitled to a refund or deferment to 2022, should you be prevented from participating due to a flight ban or other such travel restrictions caused by COVID-19. If you get a positive corona-test before the race and therefore cannot fulfill the expected requirement of a negative test, you will have the option of deferring your entry to 2022.
If you have any questions, please visit our FAQ to see the most important questions and answers regarding this update.