Start & Finish Area

The 40th Copenhagen Marathon commences at 9:30 am from Islands Brygge, which is located by the harbour front, just 15 minutes walk from the City Square and Copenhagen Central Station.

From here the participants will get an amazing start across the Langebro Bridge and into the centre of Copenhagen and Frederiksberg. Spectators, friends and family are more than welcome to watch the race from the grandstands or along the course at Islands Brygge.

Start & finish area site map

See the nap below for an overview of the starting area. Also, download the  official Copenhagen Marathon app to see an interactive site map.

Entrance & exits / meeting points

There are three gates (A, B and C), where runners can enter and exit Runner’s Area. The Runner’s Area is for entrants only, and spectators are not allowed here. It’s recommended that runners reunite with family and friends at one of the three gates.

Information desk

The Information desk located in the starting and finish area will be open from 7:30 am on race day. Our service team will be accepting late registrations (provided spots are still available), assist you with any questions you might have and provide you with safety pins, shoelaces, patches or other supplies you might need.

Baggage storage

During the race you can have your baggage stored in the baggage tents in the starting and finish area. Baggage drop-off and pick-up storage will be possible from 7:30 am – 5:00 pm. The baggage storage is attended, however, no guarantee for valuables is provided. Unclaimed baggage can be retained at Spartas office, Gunnar Nu Hansens Plads 11, from Monday 12:00 pm.

We recommend you use the official race bag handed out to you at the Copenhagen Marathon Expo, however, this is not required. Please make sure to attach the baggage tag sticker with your bib number on it, which is enclosed in the envelope with your bib number.

If you don’t wan to bring your luggage to the starting and finish area, you can drop off your baggage at one of LuggageHero’s 30 certified locations in Copenhagen and Frederiksberg. Learn more here

Get a free celebration photo

All runners can have a free celebration photo taken right after crossing the finish line. The photo is sent directly to you by email or sms text message (provided you have entered your mobile number in your entrant profile) and will be included in your personal finisher video.

Food & fluids at the start and finish

There is a water station located in the starting and finish area.

After crossing the finish line, you are offered the following selection of food and beverages:

  • A bottle of water (refill is possible)
  • High5 EnergySource
  • H5 EnergyBar
  • Pågen kanelgiflar (soft cinnamon buns)
  • Hot chocolate
  • Coca-Cola
  • Oranges and banana bites
  • Erdinger Alkoholfrei


There are several toilets in the starting and finish area. However, queues just before race start should be expected. There are also toilets at all hydration zones on the course.

Positioning at the start

Place yourself behind the starting line according to your expected finish time. There will be large signs with finish times printed on them along the entire start section to help you place yourself correctly.

You can also follow one of the 13 official pace teams targeting finish times from 3 to 5 hours. They will be wearing coloured balloons indicating their finish times.

Read about the pace teams here

Finisher medal

All runners who finish the race within the official course time limit receive a medal after crossing the finish line.

Be aware that medals will be handed out all the way down along the finishing area in order to avoid queueing. It is possible to have your medal engraved in the Runners Area.

Medical team

Medical staff and doctors are present at the start and finish as well as on the course and at all hydration zones.

You may use the back of your bib number to inform about any medical conditions or health problems that the medical staff should be aware of in case of an emergency.

Showers & changing facilities

Gender divided showers and changing facilities are available in the area.

The Harbour Bath at Islands Brygge will be open on this day for both runners and spectators to take a refreshing dip in the clean water. Admission is free for everyone. Remember to bring your own towel.