Runners in Copenhagen at CPH Half

The Copenhagen Half Marathon combines a world record course with sightseeing in a cool city. 

When the gun launching the CPH Half goes off, it is not only heard in Denmark.

Being an World Athletics Road Race Gold Label event boasting a world record course, the CPH Half attracts thousands of runners from all over the world – top athletes as well as recreational runners, who have chosen Copenhagen as the backdrop for their once in a lifetime running experience, regardless of pace and ambitions.


The CPH Half 2023 is held on Sunday, September 17, starting at 11:15 AM

Entrant limit: 25,000
Start & finish: The race starts and finishes on Øster Allé in Fælledparken, central Copenhagen

Registration: Entry opens Thursday, December 1st, 12:00 PM CET on cphhalf.com

How to participate

Everybody can participate in the CPH Half. There are no ballots, charity spots or or qualification standards to enter the mass participation event, and the entry is open as long as there are spots available. However, be aware that the event has sold out several times including in ’22 and is expected to do so again in ’23.

When signing up for the CPH Half, you must choose your start group based on you anticipated finish time. You can change your start group anytime after you’ve completed your entry in your online entrant profile.

Learn more about the start groups here


Video: Experience the amazing atmosphere at the CPH Half


Copenhagen is the place to run a fast time

The CPH Half has become world-wide renowned for it’s super fast course.

The world-leading times set in Copenhagen have put the flat capital city of Denmark on the world map as the place to run a really fast time. In 2019, Geoffrey Kamworor, proved this to the world, as he smashed the world record with a unbelievable 58:01 win. Also, the 2018 race saw a new women’s European record set by Sifan Hassen, as she surprisingly finished in a remarkable 1:05:15 in her half marathon debute.

Held on traffic-free, wide roads and boulevards, the course is extremely fast and characterized by few and soft curves making for ideal conditions for an enjoyable and fast race.

Not only top runners have discovered the potential for running fast times in Copenhagen. Recreational runners and running enthusiasts from all over the world are traveling to Copenhagen to chase a personal best and have an unforgettable experience over the distance of 21.0975 kilometres.


“I came to Copenhagen with a mission to run a faster race, probably a world record. I won my first world title in Copenhagen. That’s why this race was so special to me.”

Geoffrey Kamworor, 2019 CPH Half champion and former world record holder

Geoffrey Kamworor breaks the Half Marathon World Record with a time of 58 minutes and 01 seconds during the Copenhagen Half Marathon.

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The city is cheering for you

The CPH Half is different compared to other major city half marathons, as it boasts a central course, which runs through all the main districts of Copenhagen, the historic city center, and the majestic city of Frederiksberg.

The central course makes the race a one of a kind-sightseeing experience packed with highlights and attractions.

In Copenhagen, you are also sure to never run alone. The whole city will be cheering for you, supporting you from the very start all the way across the finish line.

Beautiful race in a beautiful city. Crowds cheering. Super organization.”

Ivan, CPH Half-finisher


Power zones and an intense atmosphere

CPH Half boasts an extensive entertainment programme which gives you a boost of energy on more than 20 spots and power zones along the course.

Everything from live music, DJ’s and cheerleaders to fire trucks, big choirs and rock bands will create an amazing atmosphere, put a smile on your face, and suppress your moments of struggle.

You will be carried through every mile!


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