Denmark's Fairytale Marathon
½ Marathon and "Run the last 10"
September 29 - 2019
HCA Marathon has the fastest route in Scandinavia, making it the ideal run for debutants and runners looking to beat their personal best.
You cannot mention Odense without mentioning Hans Christian Andersen. The famous Danish fairy tale author was born in the city, and it now does everything possible to keep his stories alive. So does the H. C. Andersen Marathon, in Denmark called the HCA Marathon, which is named after the writer. The route resembles the scenery from one of his fairy tales; there are characters from his stories on each kilometre sign, and you might even spot him cheering for you on the route.
But that is far from everything that makes this race like a fairy tale. “Odense is completely ﬂat, which is one of the reasons
why we have a very fast route. In fact, HCA Marathon has turned out to be the fastest route in Scandinavia,” says race director Torben Simonsen. “This is one of the reason why we consider HCA Marathon a good race for debutants as well as experienced runners who want to beat their own personal record.”
Different distances and everything nearby The organisers expect a total of 6,000 participants for this year’s race. 1,500 will run the marathon, and the rest will choose from the other available distances: a half marathon and a ten-kilometre race.
“Last year, we decided to make it possible to just run the last ten kilometres of the race as well. That turned out to be such a great success that we will do it again this year. It gives families and running clubs with different levels the option to participate on
the same day, because they can just choose the distance they are comfortable with,” says Simonsen.
The half marathon and marathon begin and end at Odense Sport Centre, while the ten-kilometre race starts at the city hall and ends at the Sport Centre alongside the others. This makes the infrastructure unique, as everything is within walking distance. “The route is also very well thought-through as you run in the shape of a four-leaf clover, which means that you run towards the centre of the city on a couple occasions, giving families and friends several chances to cheer for you,” Simonsen explains.
HCA Marathon is collaborating with the city’s hotels, so if you are travelling from abroad to participate in the run you can get a good deal for your stay in Odense.