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Frankfurt Marathon
Frankfurt Marathon (wordmark) logo.svg
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DateOctober
LocationFrankfurt am Main, Germany
Event typeRoad
DistanceMarathon
Primary sponsorMainova
Established1981
Course recordsMen's: 2:03:42 (2011)
Kenya Wilson Kipsang
Women's: 2:19:10 (2019)
Kenya Valary Aiyabei
Official siteFrankfurt Marathon
Participants10,553 (2019)
10,620 (2018)

The Frankfurt Marathon (official name as of 2016: Mainova Frankfurt Marathon, until 2015: BMW Frankfurt Marathon, until 2010: Commerzbank Frankfurt Marathon) is a marathon which has taken place every year in Frankfurt am Main since its inception in 1981. It is the longest-established city marathon in Germany[1] and in terms of the number of finishers, Germany's second-largest. It is organised by the agency motion events.

History

Finisher medal from 2010 marathon
Finisher medal from 2010 marathon
At the first km of the 2004 marathon
At the first km of the 2004 marathon
Around 14.5 km into the 2013 race
Around 14.5 km into the 2013 race
Lead runners and timing car, 2015
Lead runners and timing car, 2015
Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich winning the 2011 marathon
Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich winning the 2011 marathon

Five years after the first New York City Marathon, it was decided that the time was right to launch marathons within German cities. The OSC Hoechst 1960 athletics club organised the first Frankfurt Marathon in 1981, with Hoechst itself serving as the main sponsors. During the course of the same year, the Berlin Marathon and the Rhein-Ruhr-Marathon were also run for the first time.

Despite the number of finishers continually rising from 2588 in its first year to 7297 in 1985, Hoechst stopped organising the event. As a consequence, the marathon did not take place in 1986. In 1987 the city of Frankfurt and the athletics department of Eintracht Frankfurt reinstated the race. The date was moved to October and the Messegelände (exhibition grounds) became the new site for the start and finish.

The 2020 edition of the race was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.[2][3]

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Course

The start of the course is on the Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage next to the iconic Messeturm. Upon reaching the Platz der Republik the course turns left into Mainzer Landstrasse. After a lap of the Taunusanlage athletes return to the start of the course and continue onwards to the Bockenheimer Warte, before going to the Alter Oper via Bockenheimer Landstrasse. The course then continues along Reuterweg and Bremer Strasse in a northerly direction as far as the Westend Campus at the University of Frankfurt, before returning to Opernplatz via Eschersheimer Landstrasse and the Bockenheimer Anlage. Continuing into Junghofstrasse the course heads into Roßmarkt then past the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, the Eschenheimer Tor and the Friedberger Tor before turning south towards and over the Alte Brücke over the River Main which brings the athletes into the suburb of Sachsenhausen on the southern side of the river. Athletes then run parallel to the Main in a westerly direction into the suburbs of Niederrad and Schwanheim. The only notable ascent on the course occurs at the bridge back over the Main in Schwanheim, and the participants continue westwards to the Bolangaropalast in Hoechst, Frankfurt's most westerly suburb. Athletes then turn back towards the city centre and run through the suburb of Nied via the Mainzer Landstrasse. The Galluswarte can be seen after 34 kilometres and the Alter Oper after 36. The course then continues along Taunusstrasse [de] (English: Taunus Street) and Kaiserstrasse past the Taunusanlage and then the Roßmarkt is negotiated for the second time to Eschenheim. The last three kilometres go back past the Alter Oper and via the Platz der Republik into the Festhalle, where athletes run the last few metres on a specially-laid red carpet before crossing the finishing line.[4]

The Hammering Man is regarded as an unofficial symbol of the race.

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Hammering Man

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Winners

Key:   Course record

Year Men's winner Time[a] Women's winner Time[a]
2021 cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic
2020 cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic[2]
2019  Fikre Bekele (ETH) 2:07:08  Valary Aiyabei (KEN) 2:19:10
2018  Kelkile Gezahegn (ETH) 2:06:37  Meskerem Assefa (ETH) 2:20:36
2017  Shura Kitata (ETH) 2:05:50  Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN) 2:23:35
2016  Mark Korir (KEN) 2:06:48  Mamitu Daska (ETH) 2:25:27
2015  Sisay Lemma (ETH) 2:06:26  Gulume Tollesa (ETH) 2:23:12
2014  Mark Kiptoo (KEN) 2:06:49  Aberu Kebede (ETH) 2:22:21
2013  Vincent Kipruto (KEN) 2:06:15  Caroline Kilel (KEN) 2:22:34
2012  Patrick Makau (KEN) 2:06:08  Meselech Melkamu (ETH) 2:21:01
2011  Wilson Kipsang (KEN) 2:03:42  Mamitu Daska (ETH) 2:21:59
2010  Wilson Kipsang (KEN) 2:04:57  Caroline Kilel (KEN) 2:23:25
2009  Gilbert Kirwa (KEN) 2:06:14  Agnes Kiprop (KEN) 2:26:57
2008  Robert Kiprono (KEN) 2:07:21  Sabrina Mockenhaupt (GER) 2:26:22
2007  Wilfred Kigen (KEN) 2:07:58  Melanie Kraus (GER) 2:28:56
2006  Wilfred Kigen (KEN) 2:09:06  Svetlana Ponomarenko (RUS) 2:30:05
2005  Wilfred Kigen (KEN) 2:08:29  Alevtina Biktimirova (RUS) 2:25:12
2004  Boaz Kimaiyo (KEN) 2:09:10  Olesya Nurgaliyeva (RUS) 2:29:48
2003  Boaz Kimaiyo (KEN) 2:09:28  Luminita Zaituc (GER) 2:29:41
2002  Eliud Kering (KEN) 2:12:32  María Abel (ESP) 2:26:58
2001  Pavel Loskutov (EST) 2:11:09  Luminita Zaituc (GER) 2:26:01
2000  Henry Cherono (KEN) 2:10:40  Esther Barmasai (KEN) 2:31:04
1999  Pavel Loskutov (EST) 2:12:37  Esther Barmasai (KEN) 2:33:58
1998  Abel Gisemba (KEN) 2:11:40  Angelina Kanana (KEN) 2:31:38
1997  Michael Fietz (GER) 2:10:59  Katrin Dörre-Heinig (GER) 2:26:48
1996  Martin Bremer (GER) 2:13:38  Katrin Dörre-Heinig (GER) 2:28:33
1995  Oleg Otmakhov (RUS) 2:12:35  Katrin Dörre-Heinig (GER) 2:31:31
1994  Terje Næss (NOR) 2:13:19  Franziska Moser (SUI) 2:27:44
1993  Stephan Freigang (GER) 2:11:53  Sissel Grottenberg (NOR) 2:36:50
1992  Steffen Dittmann (GER) 2:12:59  Bente Moe (NOR) 2:32:36
1991  Herbert Steffny (GER) 2:13:45  Linda Milo (BEL) 2:35:11
1990  Konrad Dobler (GER) 2:13:29  Kerstin Preßler (GER) 2:34:13
1989  Herbert Steffny (FRG) 2:13:51  Iris Biba (FRG) 2:33:14
1988  Jos Sasse (NED) 2:13:15  Grete Kirkeberg (NOR) 2:35:44
1987  Lindsay Robertson (GBR) 2:13:30  Annabel Holtkamp (FRG) 2:45:21
1986 not held[5]
1985  Herbert Steffny (FRG) 2:12:12  Carla Beurskens (NED) 2:28:37
1984  Dereje Nedi (ETH) 2:11:18  Charlotte Teske (FRG) 2:31:16
1983  Ahmet Altun (TUR) 2:12:41  Charlotte Teske (FRG) 2:28:32
1982  Delfim Moreira (POR) 2:12:54  Heidi Hutterer (FRG) 2:36:38
1981  Kjell-Erik Ståhl (SWE) 2:13:20  Doris Schlosser (FRG) 2:47:13

Multiple wins

By country

Country Total Men's Women's
 Kenya 24 16 8
 Germany 22 8 14
 Ethiopia 11 5 6
 Norway 4 1 3
 Russia 4 1 3
 Netherlands 2 1 1
 Estonia 2 2 0
 Sweden 1 1 0
 Portugal 1 1 0
 Turkey 1 1 0
 United Kingdom 1 1 0
 Belgium 1 0 1
 Switzerland 1 0 1
 Spain 1 0 1

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Kelkile Gezahegn

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Meskerem Assefa

Meskerem Assefa

Meskerem Assefa Legesse Wondimagegn is an Ethiopian middle- and long-distance runner. She represented Ethiopia at the 2008 and 2012 London Olympics. She has personal bests including 4:02.12 minutes for the 1500 metres, 8:46.37 minutes for the 3000 metres and 2:25:11 hours for the marathon.

Mark Korir

Mark Korir

Mark Korir is a Kenyan long distance runner who specialises in the marathon. He competed in the marathon event at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics in Beijing, China.

Mamitu Daska

Mamitu Daska

Mamitu Daska Molisa, also known as Mamitu Deska, is an Ethiopian long-distance runner who specialises in road running events, including the marathon. She is a two-time team silver medallist at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships. She has won the Dubai Marathon and Houston Marathon and has a personal best of 2:21:59 hours for the distance.

Sisay Lemma

Sisay Lemma

Sisay Lemma Kasaye is an Ethiopian long-distance runner.

Gulume Tollesa

Gulume Tollesa

Gulume Tollesa Chala is an Ethiopian long-distance runner.

Mark Kiptoo

Mark Kiptoo

Mark Kosgey Kiptoo is a Kenyan long-distance runner who set the world record in the marathon for the Masters age group by running 2:07:50 in the 2018 Frankfurt Marathon. He also specialized in the 5000 metres throughout his career. He is a two-time gold medalist in the event at the Military World Games and won bronze medals over the distance at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and the 2010 African Championships in Athletics. He has also represented Kenya at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships and the All-Africa Games.

Aberu Kebede

Aberu Kebede

Aberu Kebede Shewaye is an Ethiopian long distance runner who specializes in road running competitions. Her half marathon best of 1:07:39 is one of the fastest ever by an Ethiopian woman. She gained a bronze at the 2009 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships with the performance and has won at the Berlin Marathon, Stramilano Half Marathon and the Rotterdam Marathon. She has a marathon best of 2:20:30 hours.

Caroline Kilel

Caroline Kilel

Caroline Cheptanui Kilel is a Kenyan long-distance runner who specializes in road running competitions. She was the winner at the 2011 Boston Marathon and the Frankfurt Marathon in 2010 and 2013. Kilel took the silver medal in the marathon at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Patrick Makau Musyoki

Patrick Makau Musyoki

Patrick Makau Musyoki is a runner from Kenya. He is a former world record holder in the marathon—His time of 2:03:38, run at the 2011 Berlin Marathon, was the world record for two years, until it was beaten by Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich at the 2013 Berlin Marathon. He is also notable for his half marathon performances, having won a number of prominent competitions in Europe in sub-1-hour performances.

Meselech Melkamu

Meselech Melkamu

Meselech Melkamu born 27 April 1985 in Debre Marqos) is an Ethiopian long-distance runner. She defeated Meseret Defar to win the 5000 metres gold medal at the 2008 African Athletics Championships, but she is better known for her 29:53.80 run over 10,000 metres in 2009, which until August 2016 ranked her second on the all-time list behind world record holder Wang Junxia. She is one of seven woman in history to break the 30-minute barrier and one of four Ethiopians to accomplish the feat.

Gilbert Kirwa

Gilbert Kirwa

Gilbert Kipruto Kirwa is a Kenyan athlete who specialises in long-distance running and the marathon. His personal best for the marathon is 2:06:14 hours and has won races in Vienna and Frankfurt.

Source: "Frankfurt Marathon", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, November 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankfurt_Marathon.

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Notes
  1. ^ a b h:m:s
References
  1. ^ Wenig, Jörg (2009-10-14). Defending champion Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot heads up deep fields in Frankfurt. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-10-15.
  2. ^ a b "Mainova Frankfurt Marathon 2020 will not take place". 11 August 2020.
  3. ^ "The Frankfurt Marathon has also now been cancelled". 12 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Marathon - mainova Frankfurt Marathon". mainova Frankfurt Marathon. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Untitled".
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