Facts about Copenhagen Half Marathon 2023
Copenhagen Half Marathon 2023, 9th race edition
Date: Sunday 17 September, 2023
Race Start: 11:15 am
Labels: World Athletics Gold Label & European Athletics Quality Road Race
Part of the SuperHalfs running series
Start and finish
In 2023 Copenhagen Half Marathon had a start and finish at Frederiksberg in Copenhagen. .
Number of participants
There were 27.000 entrants CPH Half 2023, which is a race record. The event has been sold-out in 2019, 2022 og 2023.
|59:54||6||Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal
Danish Half Marathon Champions 2023
Women: Carolien Millenaar, Herning Løbeklub, 1:14:50
Men: Jacob Sommer Simonsen, AGF,Atletik 1:03:40
Winners of CPH Road Mile
Christoffer Frost-Jensen Johansen, Bagsværd Atletik Club: 4:16 minutter
Annemarie Nissen, Sparta: 4:49 minutter
Photos of from the race
Se e photos from CPH Half 2023 in our folder here.
Video of the winners here
Winner (elite men) CPH Half 2023. Get the video here.
Winner (elite women) CPH Half 2023. Get the video here.
Danish Champion (men) CPH Half 2023. Get the video here.
Danish Champion (women) CPH Half 2023. Get the video here.
Men: 58:01 min, Geoffrey Kamworor (KEN), 2019
Women: 1:05:08 min, Tsehay Gemechu (ETH), 2021
Women: 65:15 min, Sifan Hassan (NED), Copenhagen 2018
Men: 59:13 min, Julien Wanders (SUI), Ras Al Khaimah 2019
Men: 57:31, Jacob Kiplimo (UGA), Lisboa 2021
Women: 1:02:52 min, Letesenbet Gidey (ETH), Valencia, 2021
Men: 1:01,55, Carsten Jørgensen (DEN), 1998
Women: 1:09,48, Dorte Rasmussen (DEN), 1991
Online entry at cphhalf.com. Entry opens December 1.
About the race and the World Athletics Road Race 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, and in 2017 it was awarded with the Gold Label, which is considered the most prestigious quality designation. Since 2020, the race is a World Athletics Road Race Elite Label event.
The criteria that must be fulfilled in order to become a World Athletics Gold Label road race event cover areas such as elite field composition, fencing, safety, race timing, communication and broadcasting, etc.
The elite race
The CPH Half attracts a strong international elite field. Seeing lots of fast times since the beginning in 2015, the CPH Half has claimed itself as one of the world’s fastest half marathons, and in 2019 a new world record was set at the CPH Half by Geoffrey Kamworor (Kenya) clocking 58:01.
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.
- 35-40% foreign participants
- More than 120 nationalities
- Gender distribution: 62% men, 38% women
- Largest age group 25-29 yrs followed by the year groups from 30 – 49
- Average age is 38 years.
Top 10 country distribution in 2023
- Great Britain
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. Outside of the expo the participants can collect their race packet containing their a Nike T-shirt and a baggage bag. Inside the participants can collect their bib numer that will be printed on site,
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.
The race is transmitted live on TV, in the CPH Half app and on big screens in the start and finish area.
A live transmission recap will be available on cphhalf.com