Volksbank Münster-Marathon

Edition 21

Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
03 Sep, 2023 (Sun)
Event size: 1000 - 4999 participants


6.2 km, 10 mi, 42.195 km

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About the event

The Volksbank-Münster-Marathon is a special event for many reasons, as evidenced by the frequent feedback of "anytime again" from runners. It's known for its short distances, excellent organization, family-friendly atmosphere, and the spectator spirit that is unrivaled. Friends and family have multiple opportunities to cheer on the runners, and there are motivational quotes at each kilometer. There are transition boxes for the relay runners, while not interfering with the marathon runners, and many artists along the race course. The finish line at the historical Prinzipalmarkt in the center of the city is a true spectacle - in 2022, over 100,000 spectators were there to witness it.The Volksbank-Münster-Marathon is also ranked as one of the Top Ten marathons in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. It's been an official member of AIMS (the Association of International Marathons and Distant Races) since July 2012, and is part of the over 350 events in 101 countries. It's also known for the famous TV shows "Tatort" and "Wilsberg2," which are filmed in Muenster, and part of the race course takes runners directly past these movie locations. The Volksbank-Münster-Marathon offers an experience like no other - the happiness, the festive atmosphere, and the sheer joy of a marathon.

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03 Sep, 2023 (Sun)
42.195 km
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Volksbank Münster-Marathon

03 Sep, 2023 (Sun)
42.195 km
Race size: 1000 - 2499 participants
On site


03 Sep, 2023 (Sun)
10 mi
On site


03 Sep, 2023 (Sun)
6.2 km
On site

Course details

Course highlights

The Volksbank-Muenster-Marathon is a perfect mix between an urban and scenic marathon. The start is located on a four-lane street directly in front of the Castle of Muenster. The first 10 km carry the runners through the beautiful historic city center and the green belt (called Promenande) that surrounds it. Next comes the pedestrian zone, where the runners can already feel the excitement of the finish area, before the route leaves the city behind and leads towards the Aasee. From here the runners hit the city's clinical center and university facilities. Next the runners reach the half marathon mark in the urban district of Nienberge. The party in Nienberge is unmatched. From kilometre 24 onwards the route goes through Muenster's green lung. The runners are now on their own for a short while - giving them peace and quiet time that is needed to listen to their bodies and check their "systems" in order to be able to reach the 30 km mark in good condition. Just after passing the manor "Haus Vögeding," which first appears in records in 1353, and in the middle of a wonderful quietness, the runners are brought back down to earth by an Afro-Cuban band with its 40 musicians. Welcome to the Volksbank-Muenster Marathon. And now the party really gets started. The next highlight awaiting the marathon runners is in the urban district of Roxel with a Power Point stage, many spectators and performers. After just 2 km more there is yet another feature located directly on the Roxeler Straße. From here the runners begin a slightly downhill course to Gievenbeck where the runners get one more cheer of appreciation for their hard work. And the place is rocking. The last 4 km to the finish line are a party mile - both runners and spectators are still creating the atmosphere of a folk festival. Everyone is getting goose bumps as runners approach the last stretch to the finish line from the Rothenburg to the Prinzipalmarkt, completely decorated with flags. Here, everyone feels like a winner.

Start address

Schlossplatz 2, 48149 Münster, Germany

Finish address

Prinzipalmarkt, Münster, Germany

Route map

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What’s included in entry

These are included in your entry
Finisher medal
Goodie bag
Cash prizes
Timing chip (single use)
Drink Stations
Nutrition Stations
Medical Assistance
Bag drop
Dressing rooms
Custom BIB number

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Results 2016: Volksbank Münster-Marathon

15 Sep, 2016 (Thu)

Credit : Volksbank Münster Marathon Duncan Koech finished first in 02:12:59. He finished 39 seconds ahead of Rogers Melly. Hosea Kipkemboi got the third place in 02:13:59. In the ladies race, Elizabeth Rumokol won the race with a time of 02:33:00 , ahead of Yoshiko Sakamoto (02:38:45). Finishing third was Salina Jebet (02:42:26). Top 5 Men 1 Duncan Koech 02:12:59 2 Rogers Melly 02:13:38 3 Hosea Kipkemboi 02:13:59 4 Joel Kositany 02:14:22 5 Arnold Kipatoi 02:17:20 Top 5 Women 1 Elizabeth Rumokol 02:33:00 2 Yoshiko Sakamoto 02:38:45 3 Salina Jebet 02:42:26 4 Janet Cheruiyot 02:44:53 5 Vanessa Rösler 03:00:08 Complete results The next edition of the Volksbank Münster-Marathon will be on September 10, 2017.
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