Finishing on the red carpter of the "Festhalle" surely is the most spectacular highlight and rounds up the outstanding atmosphere at the Frankfurt Marathon. But as runners navigate through this scenic course they will encounter sites such as: The Messeturm, Polizeipräsidium, Mainzer Landstraße/Platz der Republik, Alte Oper, Hauptwache, Börse, Eschenheimer Turm, Börneplatz, Kennedy-Allee, Bolongaro Palast, Friedrich-Ebert-Siedlung, Galluswarte, Festhalle, Kaiserstraße/EZB-Bank, Baustelle, Frankfurt Hoch Vier, BleichstraßeAlte Brücke, Neubau Portikus and The Messehalle 3.
The route can be run easily and quickly and has resulted in last year in new track records for both men and women - it has a total elevation gain of only 27.8 meters, spread over the entire route length of 42 195 meters. The route is set up circular and runs along both sides of the river Main. The first part of the route leads the runners through the city of Frankfurt with itsfascinating skyline, then to the district of Sachsenhausen, towards the residential area of Höchst and back along the Mainzer Landstrasse through the city center and the trade fair tower into the Festhalle with its red carpet.
Despite the number of finishers continually rising from 2588 in its first year to 7297 in 1985, Hoechst stopped organising the event. As a consequence, the marathon did not take place in 1986. Five years after the first New York City Marathon, it was decided that the time was right to launch marathons within German cities. The OSC Hoechst 1960 athletics club organised the first Frankfurt Marathon in 1981
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