This is what the official course measurer says about our new course (Spoiler alert: He’s exited!)
When the start goes to this year’s Copenhagen Marathon, it doesn’t just happen from a new starting area in green surroundings. Runners can also look forward to a new course that has been designed so that both participants and spectators get a fantastic experience.
The course is measured according to international standards. This means that it has been measured and approved by an official course measurer from the Danish Athletics Association. And the name of that measurer is Peer Jensen. He has both extensive experience in running and measuring marathon courses, and he is very excited about the new course.
“The runners really have something to look forward to,” says Peer Jensen.
“They are very quickly in the city, and that is a big advantage. Here the runners will be met by thousands of spectators, which will give them a lot of mental fuel. So the Copenhagen Marathon really has become a city race.”
Party on the course
After just three kilometres, the runners pass Rosenborg Castle, which was built by the former king, Christian the 4th. After this, you run along Kongens Have (king’s Garden), before crossing the Strøget, passing the National Bank at Holmens Kanal and running back across Kongens Nytorv (The Kings Square) and through Store Kongensgade. And if you have run the Copenhagen Half, you also know what kind of party awaits you on that stretch.
The same applies when you hit the district of Nørrebro. This year, you will be sucked in by the sea of people at Dr. Louises Bro, before the tour continues with cheers, music and DJs all the way out of Nørrebrogade. And of course the party continues in the districts of Vesterbro, Frederiksberg and Østerbro.
Lots to see along the way
During the marathon, the runners pass iconic landmarks such as the Marble Church, Christiansborg, the Royal Theatre, Tivoli and much more. So if you lose your breath along the way, it’s not just because of the 42.195 kilometers.
Besides there being plenty to look at for spectators and runners, the course is also good if you dream of setting a new PR.
“I think that the route has become fast – even faster than the old one. There aren’t that many turns and the ones that are are very soft. At the same time, there are many straight stretches,” says Peer Jensen, who also emphasizes that the route is very flat.
“You hit a small rise after 30 kilometers at Dybbølsbro. And you may also have to save a little energy for Vordingborggade, which you reach after 40 kilometres. But then you turn onto Østerbrogade, where you will be carried back to the Triangle and up to the finish line at the Park by thousands of spectators.”
We look forward to seeing you, your friends and your family on May 14.