General information

Copenhagen Half Marathon 2017, 3rd race edition
Date: Sunday 17 September
Race Start: 11:15 am
Labels: IAAF Road Race Gold & European Quality Road Race
Championships: 2017 National Half Marathon Championships


Sparta Athletics and Running and the Danish Athletic Federation

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Sport Event Denmark, the City of Copenhagen, the City of Frederiksberg and Wonderful Copenhagen

Start and finish

Copenhagen Half Marathon commences and finishes on Øster Allé, in the midst of the big city park Fælledparken in Copenhagen. The mixed gender elite race begins concurrently with the mass participation race at 11:15 am.

Number of participants

21,928 participated in 2016. Capacity limit is 25,000.

Winners 2016
James Mwangi Wangari (3)


1  Hiwot Gebrekidan Gebremaryam (122)


Stephen Kosgei Kibet
59:28  2  Eunice Chebichii Chumba (118)
Albert Kangogo
59:29  3  Veronicah Nyaruai Wanjiru (126)
Gilbert Masai
59:31  4  Gladys Chesir (111)
Bedan Karoki Muchiri
59:32  5  Bornes Kitur (120)
Abraham Kiptum
59:36  6 Gutena Imana (114)
Edwin Kipsang Rotich
59:54  7 Dibabe Kuma (117)
Thomas Ayeko
1:00:26 8  Tsehay Desalegn Adhana (115) 1:11:17
World records

Men: 58:23 min, Zersenay Tadese (ERI), Lisbon 2010
Women: 1t:04:52 , Joyciline Jepkosgei (KEN), Prague 2017

Read more about records and rankings on

Current Danish National Records

Men: 1:01,55, Carsten Jørgensen (DEN), 1970
Women: 1:09,48, Dorte Rasmussen (DEN), 1960


Race registrations are submitted on Entry opens 1st December.

About the race and the IAAF Gold Label

CPH Half builds on the 2014 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships staged in Copenhagen.

As the first road race throughout the Nordic countries, in January 2016, the Copenhagen Half Marathon obtained the IAAF Road Race Silver Label as the sixth half marathon worldwide. Already before the first post World Championships-race edition in 2015 had been held, the race was awarded the IAAF Road Race Bronze Label. The aim is to obtain the Gold Label, which is considered the most prestigious quality designation and has been awarded to just another 9 half marathons in the world.

The criteria that must be fulfilled in order to obtain an IAAF Road Race Label cover areas such as elite field composition, fencing, safety, race timing, communication and broadcasting etc.

About the Elite Race

The CPH Half attracts a strong international elite field. 7 pro-athletes below the 60 minutes mark made the 2016 elite race the strongest on Danish soil ever. It is only the second time in history that so many made the 60 minutes-dash in a half marathon.

The 2016 winner time of 59:07 was the second fastest in the world in 2016. Another four men made it into the top 10 of the world’s fastest half marathon times in 2016 (per 22 September 2016). 62% of the elite field set a new PR at the race.

2015’s winner time remained the world’s fastest half marathon time that year. The average time for a runner to complete the race is 1:57:00 – 1:51:58 for men and 2:04:49 for women.

All of the above have boosted the reputation of Copenhagen as the place for fast times and potential world records.

The course

Covering most areas of Copenhagen and Frederiksberg, the course showcases the very best of the Danish capital. The course is extremely fast, at the same time highly spectator-friendly featuring lots of entertainment, power zones and city highlights.

The course has been measured and certified by the Danish Athletic Federation and AIMS, the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races.

The course is completely traffic-free and extensively fenced. Vehicular traffic can, however only in certain time periods, cross the course through six gateways throughout the city. Pedestrians and bicyclists are allowed to cross the course when there are no runners present.

The course is available on or offline here

  • 16,7% foreign participants
  • 83,3% domestic participants
  • 105 nationalities
  • Gender distribution: 59% men, 41% women
  • Largest age group 40-44 yrs. (15,3%); followed by 45-49 and 25-29 yrs. with respectively 13,8% and 13,6%
  • Most participants aged 26.
Top 10 country distribution
  1. Denmark
  2. Sweden
  3. Great Britian
  4. Norway
  5. Germany
  6. USA
  7. Spain
  8. France
  9. Italy
  10. Netherlands

1300 persons are volunteering and working during race week including course marshalls, tech crew, medical crew and much more.

CPH Half Expo

Leading up to the race, a three-day expo is held in Sparta Hallen on Østerbro in Copenhagen. Here the participants collect their race packet containing their bib number with integrated timing chip, a Nike T-shirt and a baggage bag.

Number of visitors: 35,000.

Environment and Social Responsibility

The Copenhagen Half Marathon organization donates excess food to fødevareBanken, a national food bank which collects and distributes excess food to marginalised citizens, and collects running clothes in order to donate it to the Danish Red Cross.

Criteria for Evaluation

We measure and evaluate on a number of criteria, which are important to us: Number of participants, the overall experience for the runners, the number of spectators along the course, digital data (web, app, social media, interactive course map), local resident contentment, and the level of quality and service.

Live Coverage

The race is transmitted live by the national broadcasting company on and DR TV and live streamed on from 11:00 am and on big screens in the start and finish area.

A live transmission recap will be available on

Media service

Press releases are issued on an ongoing basis to all relevant media. A press conference with an official elite field presentation is held prior to the race.

General Communication

Newsletters are issued regularly to all Danish and foreign subscribers, and all entrant communication prior to and after the event is conducted electronically.

Information campaign

In the last two weeks leading up to the race, a extensive outdoor, print and digital traffic information campaign is carried out in order inform local residents and communities about the traffic alterations and road closures.

Website is a dynamic webpage that is kept updated with news, social feed, practical information and much more. On race day, the webpage will be converted into a live platform featuring leader board, live streaming, news updates, social media feed, interactive course map etc.

Cph Half App

Copenhagen Half Marathon is a front-runner in terms of live communication during the event, very much because of one of the world’s best race tracking apps the CPH Half App.

The app contains features such as participant information, press information, pace calculator, news and social media stream, photo function, training programmes, live tracking and live streaming etc.

The app, which is available for free download for iOS and Android, is developed in cooperation with BitLizard.

Social media

Hashtag #cphhalf
Instagram @cphhalf
Twitter– @cphhalf

Interactive course map

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