On Sunday, October 30, 2016, runners from 104 countries tested their endurance in the 35th Frankfurt Marathon. Behind the Germans, the French and British, with 589 and 360 runners respectively, made up the largest participant groups. In addition, runners from Belarus, India, Madagascar and even one from Greenland were drawn to the marathon in the Mainmetropolis. Thirty percent of the 15,850 participants, the second most in the race’s history, came from abroad for the sporting event and combined their experience with shopping, museum visits and even an early Glühwein. For the prominent field of professional runners, the Frankfurt Marathon is particularly popular. Due to its generally flat course, with a total elevation change of only 27.8 meters, the Frankfurt Marathon is considered the third fastest course in the world. Thanks to the many professional athletes from around the world, the Frankfurt Marathon is the only German city besides Berlin that has been awarded a Gold Label from the International Association of Athletics Federations.
According to the Frankfurt police department and event organizer estimates, around 500,000 spectators came to watch the race and enjoy the nearly 100 parties featuring bands and DJs along the course. The marathon came to an end after 42.195 kilometers in Frankfurt’s Festhalle, where runners crossed the finish line and continued on to a red carpet leading to the finisher’s party. Participants celebrated their accomplishment in a disco atmosphere with music, lighting effects and the enthusiasm of the spectators. The last runner crossed the finish line at 4:25 PM, marking the close of 2016’s Frankfurt Marathon. At the Festhalle, around 7,000 people watched broadcasts from the race, the awards ceremonies and, of course, further enjoyed the huge party to honor the finishers of the 35th Frankfurt Marathon.