General information

Copenhagen Half Marathon 2020, 6th race edition
Date: Sunday 13 September
Race Start: 11:15 am
Labels: IAAF Road Race Gold & European Quality Road Race


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 CEST.

Number of participants

The CPH Half ’19 was sold out with 25,000 entrants.

List of winners 2018

Daniel Kipchumba 
59:06 1
Sifan Hassan
Abraham Kiptum
59:09 2
Ababel Yeshaneh Brihane


Jemal Yimer Mekonnen
59:14  3
Joan Chelimo Melly


Yomif Kejelcha 
59:17  4
Zeineba Yimer


Felix Bibitok
59:21  5
Ruth Chepngetich


Edwin Kiprop Kiptoo
59:28  6 Bekelech Gudeta Borecha
Lelisa Desisa
59:52  7 Hiwot Gebrekidan Gebremaryam
Dominic Kiptarus
59:55  8 Meseret Belete

Race records

Men: 58:01 min, Geoffrey Kamworor (KEN), 2019
Women: 65:11 min, Siffan Hassan (NED), 2018

European records

Women: 65:11 min, Sifan Hassan (NED), Copenhagen 2018
Men: 59:13 min, Julien Wanders (SUI), Ras Al Khaimah 2019

World records

Men: 58:01 min, Geoffrey Kamworor (KEN), Copenhagen 2019
Women: 1t:04:51 , Joyciline Jepkosgei (KEN), Valencia 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


Online entry at starting December 2nd.

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, and in 2017 it was awarded with the Gold Label, which is considered the most prestigious quality designation.

The criteria that must be fulfilled in order to become an IAAF 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.

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


  • 23,78% foreign participants
  • 115 nationalities
  • Gender distribution: 61% men, 39% women
  • Largest age group 25-29 yrs followed by the year groups from 30 – 49
  • Average age is 38 years.

Top 10 country distribution

  1. Denmark
  2. Sweden
  3. Germany
  4. Great Britain
  5. Norway
  6. France
  7. USA
  8. Italy
  9. Spain
  10. Netherlands
  11. Island


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, where 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.

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