HCA Marathon: On your mark, get set, go It’s the world’s fastest marathon!
By Heidi Kokborg | Photos: HCA Marathon
Whether you are an experienced marathon runner with thousands of kilometres under your belt, or you are contemplating running your first marathon, HCA Marathon in Odense should be on your list. Not only does HCA Marathon give you a unique running experience in the historic city, but it is also the world’s fastest marathon.
It’s not often you come across a marathon that is ideal for both debutants and experienced runners looking to beat their best running times. HCA Marathon is one of the few marathons that is equally thrilling for newbies as it is for veterans.
“HCA Marathon really is a marathon for everyone. Odense is flat as a pancake, meaning the route is flat, making it suitable for both those looking to beat their personal record and for those who are running their first marathon,” says HCA Marathon director Erik Juhl Mogensen.
But that is not all. With an average finish time of 3 hours, 51 minutes and 22 seconds in 2019, HCA Marathon was the fastest marathon in the world. So, if you are looking to outrun your personal best, this is the perfect marathon to challenge yourself.
A marathon for everyone
If you’re thinking that this all sounds well and good, but a marathon might be a little too far, HCA Marathon offers three other options: a half-marathon; a walking half-marathon; and the option of running only the last ten kilometres of the marathon route. Meanwhile, for the kids, HCA Marathon offers a mini marathon.
“We really wanted to create a marathon that the whole family can join. The marathon truly embraces the Danish concept of hygge. People are happy, there are several drinking and fruit stations on the route, there is music, and people are cheering you on,” says Mogensen.
See Odense through the eyes of H.C. Andersen
HCA Marathon is named after the famous Danish fairytale-writer Hans Christan Andersen, who was born in Odense. The marathon will take you through the historic streets of the writer’s hometown, and you will see everything from the majestic cathedral to the beautiful town hall.
The route will also take you past the new H.C. Andersen House which opened in 2021 and was designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. This is a truly spectacular museum that turn your head for just a moment before you race on to beat your personal record.
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