We’re all familiar with it seeming as though the road has no end. This was even more so in previous years, as over the last few kilometres the runners had to do an exhausting ‘lap of honour’ around the Königsplatz. Our Director, Gernot Weigl, has long seen the positioning of Königsplatz lap at the end of the race as a drawback.
As such, we submitted an improved concept for the 34th GENERALI MUNICH MARATHON to the authorities, and after numerous discussions, the matter is now settled: the lap around the Königsplatz will henceforth happen towards the beginning of the marathon, between KM5 and KM10. The marathon runners will resume the traditional route at the Siegestor on Leopoldstraße. In addition, the previous route has been tweaked in the city centre, while the distances for the various relay races have also changed.
Marathon Although the route remains largely the same apart from a few minor adjustments in the city centre, we have made some changes to the sequence of the stretches covered. As such, the route up to the German Museum is much straighter, while losing none of its scenic appeal. One particular highlight is the new section that passes through the Viktualienmarkt. The lap of the Königsplatz has now been shifted right to the beginning, so that after crossing the Odeonsplatz runners will go straight to the finishing line in the Olympia Stadium. Previously, after KM32 participants had to complete the sometimes exhausting ‘lap of honour’, but from now on they will be simply be able to push on through.
Half-marathon The changes to the marathon route through the inner city also affect the new route for the half-marathon. Unlike previously, the starting line will now be at the Chinese Tower in the Englischer Garten. This means that you’ll be cheered on by more spectators along the way and will be running through a uniquely scenic part of our Bavarian capital right from the off.
Relay breakdown We’ve also made some changes to the breakdown of the marathon relay. The distances to be covered by the individual runners have now changed from 6.8 km – 14.3 km – 11 km – 10.1 km, as it was in previous years, to 12.8 km – 14.1 km – 8.8 km – 6.4 km.
We hope that you like our new concept and wish you the best of luck in preparing for your big challenge next year.