The Cologne Marathon launched again this year from Otto Platz in Köln Deutz. About 17,000 runners were on 04/10/2015 with great weather in the wings and had a lot of fun while running. The operator did a great job and the run was well organized and made right at the start in Deutz fun with a big stage with lots of music.
Exactly 4649 athletes are then on the great distance of about 42 kilometers to the finish: The Cathedral! There is no better destination in this city as the big cathedral that still gives the whole an incredible atmosphere.
The Cologne Marathon is a run with international class : runners from Afghanistan and Kenya are here, and also people like the "normal Cologne" who simply wants run also this times. Even all ages were seen this year: from school classes up to over eighty year old runners. For men Benson Waweru (Kenya) ran the distance in the incredible time of two hours and sixteen minutes and the women managed the Ethiopian Gelane Senbete in quick time of two hours and 37 minutes.
Each year attracts the Cologne Marathon again known names on the street and so some of the spectators were amazed at the track, as they saw also Mickie Krause (half marathon) and some members of the group "Cat Ballou" among the runners. Furthermore, well-known faces from RTL ran to raise money for the campaign "We help children!
Statistics and route
As already mentioned, was the launch in Köln Deutz Ottoplatz and then led directly over the Deutz bridge towards the south of Cologne. Then it went to the northern areas of Cologne and then to the destination the Cologne Cathedral . This backdrop naturally caused a great feeling and an extra motivation! At eleven stations the runners were supplied with water and bananas. According to organizers, there were at least 50,000 banana and more than 10,000 -filled cups of water!
Maybe we can motivate you for next year to visit Cologne to participate in the running? Cologne is looking forward to your visit!