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Copenhagen Half Marathon
|IAAF Road Race Label||Gold|
|Type of race:||Flat, fast, city run|
|Time limit||3 hours|
I have many reasons to write a review of the Copenhagen half marathon:
- First of all, it is in the beautiful city of Copenhagen, where I am honored to live.
- Secondly, I have been running this race already three time (so far I missed only the first edition, in 2015), and I feel I can give some good advises and recommendations about the race, and about what to do once you are here!
- But most important, this is a very beautiful running event and – if weather conditions allow, the track conditions give you the perfect conditions for a personal best.
The event is very young, taking origin from Copenhagen organizing the world half marathon championship in 2014. This set the conditions to create an half marathon event in the city, that became instantaneously a great success and one of the most participated half marathons in Europe, being awarded in 2017 of the IAAF gold race label.
In my three participations I can’t remember a single moment I had to wait in a line: the amount of volunteers (1300!), their coordination and the organization machine create a perfect mechanism that allows the runners to enjoy without big headaches (if not an hangover the day after, but this is another story!).
The EXPO is very well organized and you will be able to find tempting deals on gears, GPS watches or technical equipment. The attention to the detail is great starting from the wall with all the participants’ names is printed out, and you can take a picture with it.
The course is very flat and on large streets, moving from and to the Fælledsparken through the picturesque and multi-ethnic district of Nørrebro, the green area of Frederiksberg.
The path follows through Vesterbro and to the city center, where you will see iconic elements like the Black Diamond royal library, the central square of Kongens Nytorv and other landmarks.
The race cap is of 25000 runners, and in 2018, the actual participants to Copenhagen half marathon were more than 22000, from 115 countries. About 25% of the participants were coming from abroad.
The race record is… the world record of 58:01, established by Geoffrey Kamworor in 2019, and every year many elite runners try to beat it here. You should think big and beat your personal best, ringing the bell as I did!
Maybe I am biased, but it is difficult to find back sides of this event. I recommend to book this trip with fair notice to have more options: prices for accommodation are high in Copenhagen.
The price is on the high end too, but the quality and the level of the organization justifies the price.
Regarding tips for drinking and eating for all the budgets, read my guide about things to do in Copenhagen, I am sure it will be helpful!