Telenor Copenhagen Marathon launches the capital onto the world stage

29. maj 2017   |   Sparta Athletic and Running  |  Flere pressemeddelelser

The 2017 Telenor Copenhagen Marathon was a huge festival throughout the streets of Copenhagen and Frederiksberg – an event that contributes to promoting the Danish capital abroad. Over 10,000 runners and 100,000 spectators turned out to support the Telenor Copenhagen Marathon on Sunday the 21st of May. The race was truly a spectacle to behold as everywhere along the course spectators gathered to cheer on and support the runners, turning the Telenor Copenhagen Marathon into a joyous event in the Danish capital city.

"There is no doubt that an event like the Telenor Copenhagen Marathon is of great importance to the city. It creates a terrific atmosphere for the city before, during, and after the race. Also, many international participants come to the city, giving them a chance to experience our beautiful Capital," says mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen (S).

For the first time in several years, the course traversed through the City of Frederiksberg. The famous boulevard of Frederiksberg Alléwas draped in Dannebrog, the Danish flag, for runners and spectators to revelin. Mayor of Frederiksberg, Jørgen Glenthøj (C), was also excited to have the runners in Frederiksberg again.

"It really was a pleasure to be part of this year'smarathon and I would like to thank all the runners and spectators for at remendously festive day. Frederiksberg Allé has a long history with major sporting events, such as the PostNord Denmark cycling race. We were pleased to offer also the marathon runners the chance to experience the thrill of running through the flagged avenue," says Jørgen Glenthøj.

A race with international appeal

This year there was a record number of international runners participating in the Telenor Copenhagen Marathon. With 3680 international runners from 89 different nations, 36.2% of the field travelled for the competition.

"With more than 36% of participants being international, the Copenhagen Marathon has reached a new milestone.  Our goal has been to create a unique running atmosphere and foster an experience with international appeal to match Copenhagen. In addition to the direct-derived turnover in hotels and restaurants, we expect the runners and their families to take the opportunity to experience some of the many attractions and activities Copenhagen also has to offer. The large number of international runners also reaches social media, so chances are we could reach 50% within a few years," says Lars Vallentin, Head of Sport Events at Wonderful Copenhagen.

New date for Telenor Copenhagen Marathon

Next year, both international and Danish runners who wish to participate in the Telenor Copenhagen Marathon will cross the calendar date a week earlier, as the 39th Telenor Copenhagen Marathon will be run on May 13, 2018.

Partners and sponsors at Telenor Copenhagen Marathon

Main sponsor: Telenor

Sponsors: BMW, Nike, Erdinger Alkoholfrei, Marathon Sport, Gardena and High5 Partners: Wonderful Copenhagen, Frederiksberg Municipality and Copenhagen Municipality

Media partner: Politiken


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