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Although there are bigger Marathons in Germany, in Berlin, Hamburg or Frankfurt,   the Cologne Marathon is unique. It is kind of a running festival, and thousands of spectators cheer passionately for the participants, whether they are top athletes or recreational sportsmen.

Last year saw 6,072 runners on the 42,195 Kilometers course. 15,009 people took part in the half marathon. The spectacular finish at the landmark of the city, the Cologne Cathedral, is an unforgettable experience.

The Cologne Marathon starts on Otto Square (Ottoplatz) in Deutz. The runners pass Deutz Bridge (Deutzer Brücke), the Old Town, Rheinauhafen, Bayenthal  and Rodenkirchen,  Rudolfplatz , Sülz and Lindenthal, Melaten Cementery Melatenfriedhof and Aachen Pond. Hohenzollernring and Friesenplatz, Ehrenfeld and Nippes, Neumarkt and Hohe Straße are further course sections before they reach the finish line near Cologne Cathedral.

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