Race Instructions

The Marathon has been organized in Košice continuously since 1924. It is also unique and different from other historic marathons in that right from the very first edition it has strictly maintained the prescribed distance of 42.195 km.

  • Read carefully all instructions concerning your start at the Kosice Peace Marathon which can be found by clicking on the corresponding link. We wish you a successful end of your training preparation and we are looking forward to meet you in Kosice.


    MARATHON (42,195 km)
    Instructions for Runners
    Start sectors
    Course Map

    HALF MARATHON (21,097 km)
    Instructions for Runners
    Start sectors
    Course Map

    Financial prizes – Marathon
    Financial prizes – age categories


    Place: Kulturpark, Kukučinova 2, Košice
    Friday – 1 October 2021, from 10:00 to 19:00
    Saturday – 2 October 2021, from 9:00 to 19:00 (Minimarathon to 15:00)

    START ACCEPTANCE – Each competitor who has met the conditions for participation in the event
    will receive this at their e-mail address. There is no need to print it; simply allow the code to be
    scanned from a mobile phone.
    Competitors under the age of 18 will present the START ACCEPTANCE printed and signed by a
    legal representative!
    CERTIFICATE of vaccination, testing or having overcome COVID-19 as described above in these
    FFP2 respirator! This type of respirator is mandatory in all interior spaces according to the valid
    UVZ decree for the districts of Košice I-IV.


    General conditions
    Privacy Policy


    Find usefull information about Kosice and tourist attractions here
    Check the public transportation lines before your arrival to Kosice.
    Changes in public transport during the Kosice Peace Marathon can be found here


    Here you will find the possibilities of detours during the Košice Peace Marathon, on Sunday 3.10.2021 from 8:00 to 15:00:
    MAP 1, MAP 2, MAP 3, MAP 4, MAP 5


    Start Number Pick up (Kulturpark) – only from October 1 October do 3 October 2021
    Information for participants about registration to the Kosice Peace Marathon and start number pick up.
    +421 901 700 514

    Marathon Office (hotel Doubletree by Hilton) – only from 1 October to 3 October 2021
    General information about the Kosice Peace Marathon.
    +421 901 700 551


    Marathon Club Košice
    Hroncova 2, P. O. Box F-24, 040 01 Košice, tel.: +421 55 6220010,
    E-mail: info@kosicemarathon.com, web: www.kosicemarathon.com


    Participation and competing in the Košice Peace Marathon are governed by the General Terms, the rules of the World Athletics (WA) and the competition rules of the Slovak Athletics Association (SAZ) and the provisions of these Propositions.


    October 2, 2021 (Saturday) – U. S. Steel Family Run – Minimarathon
    Minimarathon (3,5 km)
    The U.S.Steel Family Run – Minimarathon course is 3.5 km long after modifications in 2021.

    October 3, 2021 (Sunday) – Košice Peace Marathon
    Marathon (42,195 km)
    Halfmarathon (21,097 km)
    Relay Magna Marathon 4×1/4 (9-12 km)
    Inline (20 km)
    Handbike (20 km)


    Start / Finish Zone, Hlavna street 1, Košice

    October 2, 2021 (Saturday) at 16:00 h. – U. S. Steel Family Run – Minimarathon / CHANGE OF DATE
    Minimarathon (3,5 km)
    The U.S.Steel Family Run – Minimarathon course is 3.5 km long after modifications in 2021.

    October 3, 2021 (Sunday) at 9:00 h. – Košice Peace Marathon
    Marathon, Halfmarathon, Relay Magna Marathon 4×1/4, Inline


    Start / Finish Zone, Hlavna street 1, Kosice

    October 2, 2021 (Saturday) – U. S. Steel Family Run – Minimarathon
    For: Minimarathon (3,5 km)

    October 3, 2021 (Saturday) – Kosice Peace Marathon
    For: Marathon, Halfmarathon, Relay Magna Marathon 4×1/4,

    Moyzesova street, Kosice
    October 3, 2021 (Saturday) – Kosice Peace Marathon
    For: Inline, Handbike


    Participants register to the Kosice Peace Marathon through On-line registration.

    If the pandemic situation again does not allow the marathon in Košice to be organized, we have the following options ready for registered participants.

    1. We will prepare a virtual form of the event for registered participants and we will compile result sheets according to the achieved and reported times; runners will receive their starting packages and gifts by post.
    2. A registered participant who is unable to take part in the virtual race will have one more free transfer of his start – to 2022.


    6 hours. The course will be closed at 3:00 p.m. Limit for 33,3 km is 4:45 hours (turn near the hotel Centrum)


    18 years (born 2003 and before) – Marathon, Halfmarathon, Handbike
    16 years (born 2005 and before) – Relay Magna Marathon 4×1/4
    15 years (born 2006 and before) – Inline

    No age restriction – U. S. Steel Family Run – Minimarathon
    Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is also properly registerd for the Minimarathon.
    Application of children under 18 years of age must be signed by their parent or guardian.


    Marathon, Halfmarathon

    Men Women
    M (main category) W (main category)
    M40 (1981 – 1972) W40 (1981 – 1972)
    M50 (1971 – 1962) W50 (1971 – 1962)
    M60 (1961 – 1952) W60 (1961 – 1952)
    M70 (1951 and older) W70 (1951 and older)

    Inline, Handbike – Men, Women – without age cotegories
    Relay Magna Marathon 4×1/4 – without age categories
    Minimarathon – U. S. Steel Family Run – without age categories


    Financial prizes will be awarded to the first 10 men and first 10 women in the main Marathon category and first 3 placings in each age category mentioned above, on condition that at least three competitors have started in the given category.
    Financial prizes will be awarded to the first 3 men and first 3 women in the main Half Marathon category and a winner of every age category.
    Financial prizes will be awarded to the first 3 men and first 3 women.
    Financial prizes will be awarded to the first 6 men and first 6 women.
    Relay Magna Marathon 4×1/4
    Prizes will be awarded to the first 3 teams.
    Material prizes will be awarded for the first three men and first three women.

    Financial prizes will be awarded on condition that at least three competitors have started in the given category.


    The official time of each participant in disciplines with chip measurement is set from the moment of the starting gun up to the moment of crossing the finish line. The time thus measured determines the final finishing order of participants. The pure (unofficial) chip time will also be given informationally in the results list.
    The Minimarahon is a mass event with no measurement of finishing times.


    Participants in the KPM in the Marathon and Halfmarathon disciplines are assigned to starting sectors based on the last achieved finishing time in the given discipline or according to an objectively predicted finishing time. Runners enter this as mandatory information in the registration form.


    The Organizer does not offer insurance to participants. The provision of insurance of any type (medical, injury, liability for damage, travel, etc.) is the responsibility of the event Participant. Possible costs for treatment, hospitalization, damage caused and the like shall be borne by the Participant.
    The Organizer takes no responsibility for damage to property or health associated with travel, stay and participation of racers in the events. It is the responsibility of a Participant to undergo a relevant health examination prior to the start and to obtain information about his or her own health status in association with the decision to participate in any KPM discipline. Each Participant starts the KPM at his or her own responsibility.


    We reccommend to participants to fill out the health card, which can be found at the back of their start number. These data are not gathered or processed and are remaining along with the start number in possession of a participant. The provided data can help in case of medical emergency.


    Relay Team consists of 4 members. Each member of relay may run only one section of the course. Runner with bib number ending with 1 after the slash runs first section, etc. Only relay member with bib number ending with 4 (after the slash) crosses the finish line. The order of runners in the relay can not be changed. Last changes of members and of order of runners can only be made at the presentation on Friday and Saturday before the race.

    Detailed terms of participation in the Kosice Peace Marathon are subject to the General Terms and are obligatory to every registered Participant of the Event.


    Entry fee for the Kosice Peace Marathon 2021 is scheduled as follows:

    If paid Marathon, Halfmarathon Relay 4×1/4 Marahton Inline Handbike Minimarathon Diamond Club
    by 15th August 37 EUR 37 EUR 37 EUR 0 EUR 9 EUR 0 EUR
    from 16th August 45 EUR 45 EUR 45 EUR 0 EUR 11 EUR 45 EUR



    Participants who finished Marathon (42,195 km) in Kosice 25 or more times become mebers of the Kosice Peace Marathon Diamond Club. A member of the KPM Diamond Club has the right to start any KPM discipline free of charge, so long as he or she properly registers by 31 July.

    See the list of members of Diamond Club.


    The program My First Marathon is intended for runners who decide to take part in the marathon distance for the first time in Košice at the KPM. It is possible to join in after marking the relevant items in the registration form. Participants of this program then selected by a drawing of lots will get a free of charge start in their choice of discipline at the KPM 2019. The Organizers of the KPM will continuously be informed of additional benefits and advantages for participant in this program.
    More at: My First Marathon

    A welcoming package and these basic guaranteed services:

    • T-shirt with event’s graphics
    • Starting number with disposable chip (with participant’s name if application and entry fee payment are received by 31st August)
    • Medal for reaching the finish within the time limit
    • Marathon magazine
    • SMS with finishing time (if participant supplies cell-phone number in application)
    • Measurement of finishing time and intermediate times
    • Changing rooms
    • Medical services around course and at finish
    • Refreshments around course (every 5 km)
    • Refreshments and services in finish area
    • On-line participant’s diploma
    • On-line results list
    • Information service – event info sent to participant’s e-mail address


    Participants can order additional products and services through on-line registration.

    Participants should give T-shirt size in their application for registration (except for Minimarathon and Corporate Run). Due to the fact that the deadline for ordering T-shirts falls in advance of the deadline for applications, the Organizer will supply participants with T-shirts in particular sizes as long as stocks last. Participants registered by 31st July will have priority in this regard. For partipants registering later the Organizer will make every reasonable effort in order to supply T-shirts in the requested sizes. Men and women will be supplied with appropriately-styled T-shirts.


    The ON-LINE registration for the Kosice Peace Marathon becomes valid only after payment of the entry fee, which must be paid at the same time as your registration.


      1. With a Payment card

    It is the primary and recommended method of paying the Registration Fee during the on-line registration of a KPM Participant and guarantees that he or she will undoubtedly and immediately have the right to participate upon the meeting of other conditions.

      1. Payment by Bank transfer

    It is possible only after agreement with the Organizer. This method of payment is intended only for legal persons with assigned tax identification number (VAT / VAT ID), to which the Organizer issues an invoice for the ordered services and goods.


    Registration and receipt of the entry fee payment can be checked by logging into the competitor’s account in the on-line registration section of our website.

    The Organizer cannot be held responsible for incorrectly entered details either in your application or in your entry fee payment instructions!


    1. The Organizer does not refund a paid Entry Fee.

    2. A registered Participant who does not appear at the Presentation, does not pick up his or her bib number and does not make it to the start of the Event has no claim on a refunding of the Registration Fee or any claim for the refunding of possible other payments associated with participation. The Organizer in such a case has no obligation to offer or otherwise substitute an ordered service or to deliver material equipment and objects associated with the start at the Event.

    Cancellation of a start

    1. A registered Participant may request the shifting of his or her participation and registration fee to the following year of the Event electronically on the Web page of the Organizer after logging in to his or her participant’s account and may do so no later than 72 hours before the start of the event discipline. For such a step the following conditions must be met:
    a) At the moment of submitting a request the Participant had met all conditions of participation for the Event in the given year.

    b) A Participant who is allowed the opportunity to shift the Entry Fee and who subsequently wants to use this opportunity must in the following year again properly register for the Event in a discipline written in the propositions, which does not have to be identical with the original discipline from the previous year, and must do so no later than by the deadline which the Organizer published for the relevant year.

    c) Such a Participant shall receive prior to the opening of registration for the subsequent year of the Event a registration code with instructions for its use. After receiving instructions with the registration code, the Participant must register properly online for the Event in the period stipulated in these instructions. At the same time with such a repeated registration the Participant shall pay a handling fee for shifting the start in the amount of 10.00 EUR.

    2. Shifting the start to the following year of the KPM is not possible if the Participant:
    a) is registered to the Kosice Peace Marathon in Minimarathon
    b) is registered for the Event through a registration code – the Organizer assigns registration codes on the basis of special instructions,
    c) despite the sending of a request to shift the start, he or she picked up his or her bib number for the given year of the Event.

    3. If the Participant does not observe the deadline and conditions for the shift of the Entry Fee or does not pay the handling fee, the possibility of shifting the Entry Fee automatically expires.

    4. A shift of the Entry Fee is possible only one time and only to the next, that is, the following year of the Event. A repeated shift of an already shifted Entry Fee is not possible.

    Shifting of a start

    1. A registered Participant may request the shifting of the right to start to another person via e-mail and may do so up to the moment when the the on-line registration for the Event is closed. The time of this act is not fixed, is subject to the decision of the Organizer.

    2. The request for shifting of the right to start must always come from the originally registered Participant. In the case of such a shift, the new Participant shall pay a handling fee in the amount of 6.00 EUR.

    3. With the shifting of the right to start to a new Participant the paid Registration Fee and all other paid fees and claims associated with them are also shifted. The approval or rejection of such a request is upon the fulfilment of all conditions in the exclusive authority of the Organizer.

    4. Shifting the start to the another participant is not possible if :
    a) the Participantis registered for the Event through a registration code – the Organizer assigns registration codes on the basis of special instructions,
    b) the Participantis registered for The Slovak Marathon or Half Marathon Championships,
    c) the Participantis member of any loyalty program of the Event,
    d) the Participant picked up his or her “Welcoming Package”, including the bib number at the KPM Presentation.
    e) the participation limit set by the Organizer for the selected disciplines has been met.

    Change of discipline
    Changing the discipline from Marathon to Half-Marathon and vice versa can be done after logging in to the competitor’s account up to the deadline for assigning start numbers and creating start lists. This date is set each year by the Organizer depending on the internal circumstances of the organization of the Event. Any changes in other disciplines of the Event or a change in a member of the group discipline (e.g. the Relay, etc.) shall be reported by the Participant via an e-mail sent to the Organizer no later than 96 hours before the start of the event discipline. Approval of such a request is the exclusive competence of the Organizer, even if all conditions are met.


    This inner-city circuit is based on the original course set up for the World Half-marathon Championships in 1997. There are no prominent uphill sections, and the streets are fully asphalt surfaced. The marathon course consists of two laps, while the half-marathon runners complete just one. The marathon, as the main discipline of the Košice Peace Marathon has WA and AIMS certificates issued for its course. Additional disciplines take place in parts and sections of this urban circuit, and their competitive distance is not subject to such international certifications.


    A fast marathon course must be distinguished by several positive parameters. In addition to the low number of directional changes or sharp turns, the elevation profile is also obviously important. In Košice it was possible to create a course which from this point of view satisfied even the most demanding criteria.

    In Berlin, where several world records have been run, the course has 21 directional changes that are relatively sharp or equal to 90° turns. In Košice the number of such changes in direction over both laps of the course is equally low.

    If we take a closer look at the elevation profile of the course, we see that the elevation between the lowest and highest-lying points achieves on the city circuit in Košice only 16.35 m (200.700 m above sea level to 217.050 m a.s.l). Another major factor, the total of all climbs on the marathon course, in Košice adds up to only 74 metres. For comparison, the elevation difference in Berlin is 25.6 m (the sum of climbs is 37 m) and, for example, in Boston, 146.3 m (a sum of 241 m).


    mapa_trat MMM

    ► Course map download (pdf)



    All the fast marathon courses must have couple of positive parameters. Besides very few direction changes or sharp turns it is of course the elevation profile. In Košice there is a course meeting the most challenging criteria. In Berlin where plenty of world records have been set up there are 21 direction changes on the course in the angle equal 90˚or even sharper. In Košice the number of such direction changes on the full marathon course is the same low.
    If we have a closer look to its elevation profile we will find out that difference between the lowest point on this Košice city circuit and its peak is only 16,35 m (200,7 m above sea level – 217,05 m a.s.l.). The cumulative elevation gain on the marathon course is then 74 meters.
    For your information in Berlin the difference between lowest and highest point is 25,6 m (cumulative elevation gain 37 m) and in Boston 146,3m (cumulative elevation gain 241 m).