Runners at the marathon start
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Elite marathon runners on the exhibition grounds

The exhibition centre has become a much-appreciated athletics venue for top-flight runners. The 2020 World Half-Marathon Championships qualifier was held recently on the exhibition grounds with strict adherence to hygiene and social distancing rules.

Without leaving the premises, a circular course 3 kilometres in length was staked out that passed alongside the various Messe Frankfurt locations. "Every year, the Festhalle provides us with a unique setting for the finish of the Frankfurt marathon,” explains Jo Schindler, Managing Director of Motion Events GmbH, the organiser of the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon. “In 2020, of course, everything is different, and the prevailing conditions are very difficult for sporting events. Fortunately, the exhibition grounds, being fenced in, constituted the perfect venue for the World Half-Marathon Championships qualifier, allowing us to stage the race safely despite the pandemic. The event was a complete success!”