We are preparing the Vienna City Marathon (VCM) on 11 and 12 September 2021 with full energy. From the organiser team's point of view, all signs are "green" and ready for #TogetherWeRun. The organisational planning and the coordination with the authorities are very far along or already completed in many areas. All our sponsors are behind the event. The large team of our staff and helpers is ready. The interest and anticipation among you, the runners, is great - thank you very much!
The decision on whether the Vienna City Marathon will be approved will be made by the Viennese health authorities in the light of the overall pandemic situation. Our tailor-made Covid prevention concept, which is accompanied by specialist physicians, is in final coordination and will be submitted to MA 15 (Vienna health authority) in the next few weeks.
Running is basically low-risk. It is our conviction that a major marathon can be run responsibly and with low risk. As a professional organiser we are aware that every event needs a specific and differentiated approach that takes into account possible future developments and does not operate exclusively with the minimum standards. To this end, we are constantly in direct contact with the responsible authorities, with experts and with other major international marathon organisers. Our prevention concept is in final coordination. We will of course provide clear and timely information about concrete measures.
Registration for the 38th Vienna City Marathon (VCM) is open. Event date is 11 & 12 September 2021.
Click on the following links to get to the event information and registration sites:
• Half Marathon
• BMW Relay Marathon
• Vienna 10K
• VCM Kids Run (2K)
• The Daily Mile Run (1.6K)
• Coca-Cola Inclusion Run (800 m)
Many thanks to all runners who have transferred their starting place from 2020 to the VCM 2021 or have already newly registered!
Here you will find the most important questions & answers regarding your registration. If you need more information, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking forward to seeing you at the Vienna City Marathon.
We have already included your registration in the starting list for the VCM 2021. You will receive a personal email by mid-March with a direct link to your registration data to check and complete your details in the online registration system. In any case, re-select your expected finish time so that we can plan a safe and smooth start procedure.
If you have not received an email by mid-March, check your spam folder. If there is no email there either, please write to email@example.com.
We have already included your registration in the starting list for the VCM 2021. You have received a personal email with the direct link to your registration data to check and complete your details in the online registration system. In any case, re-select your expected finish time so that we can plan a safe and smooth start procedure.
If you have not received an email, check your spam folder. If there is no email there either, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For organisational reasons, we have decided not to hold the Vienna 5K as part of the VCM 2021. Of course, we offer compensation for this so that you can still pursue a sporting goal or receive remuneration. We offer these options for you to choose from:
You will receive a personal email by mid-March with a voucher code and a THANK YOU from us. This will allow you to register with a supporter contribution of 25 %, 50 % or 75 % of the entry fee according to your choice.
If you were registered for the half marathon, you can use the voucher code to register for the marathon and vice versa. If you were registered for the BMW relay marathon, the voucher code is only valid for this event. If you registered for a relay, you must enter the code four times - once for each member of the relay.
If you did not receive an email by mid-March, check your spam folder. If there is no email there either, please write to email@example.com.
Yes, you can use the direct link to your registration data, which you will receive in a personal email by mid-March, in the online registration system to postpone your start to 2022. Please do this as early as possible to facilitate our preparations. The deadline for postponement is 30 June 2021. The planning date for VCM 2022 is 24 April.
Yes, you can use the direct link to your registration data, which you will receive in a personal email by mid-March, in the online registration system to pass on your already transferred starting place to another person designated by you. The deadline for this is 15 August 2021.
The person who made the group registration will receive an email from us with voucher codes to register. Please contact the person who did your registration.
Registration for all runners who want to register anew and have not already transferred their starting place from the VCM 2020 has opened on 9 March 2021. This concerns the marathon, half marathon and BMW relay marathon events. Registration for the Vienna 10K, VCM Kids' Run, The Daily Mile Run and Coca-Cola Inclusion Run has also been open since the beginning of June respectively July 2021.
The entry fee for the individual events is staggered according to contingents.
Marathon € 80,- / 100,- / 110,-
Half marathon € 64,- / 74,- / 84,-
BMW Relay marathon € 140,- / 170,- / 180,-
Vienna 10K: € 34,-
VCM Kids Run: € 7,-
The Daily Mile Run: € 5,-
Coca-Cola Inclusion Run: € 9,- inkl. € 5,- donation for Special Olympics Austria
The amount of the entry fee remains unchanged compared to 2020. There is no chip rental fee because timing will be done with a chip in the race number for the first time.
The total number of starting places in the individual events remains unchanged compared to 2020. However, as a large part of the VCM 2020 participants have decided to transfer to 2021, there are fewer starting places available for new registrations than in the past.
Yes, you can use the direct link to your registration data, which you will receive in your registration confirmation email, in the online registration system to pass on your starting place to another person designated by you. The deadline for this is 15 August 2021.
Use the direct link to your registration data that you will receive by email in your registration confirmation. This allows you to change your contact details in our new online registration system, transfer your registration to someone else or make additional orders, for example. Login data and links from 2020 or previous years will no longer work.
You would be able to transfer your start to 2022 or 2023 without further costs. Possible additional options depend on how consumer protection laws develop. Currently, Austria has a voucher scheme if an event has to be cancelled due to the pandemic. We would apply this voucher scheme or a possible new law that would be in place by then.
No. For the first time we will time the race with a chip in the start number. Wearing a start number with an integrated chip is a prerequisite for receiving a result. You cannot use your own chip. If you have rented a chip so far, this procedure is not necessary anymore and you save the chip rental.
As a running event organiser, it is our responsibility to promote and protect health. We are preparing everything for a safe Vienna City Marathon in coordination with public authorities and medical experts based on a comprehensive Covid-19 prevention concept. The overall situation and regulations for September 2021 are understandably not yet known. We will actively inform about possible measures in a timely manner.
We are planning the Vienna City Marathon as before with the familiar running events on Saturday and Sunday. We are also preparing the Vienna Sports World (Expo & race number distribution).
Changes in the organisation cannot be ruled out due to official regulations in the pandemic situation. Possible rescheduling could affect the start procedure, the refreshment points, the relay handover points or the pathways after the finish. Side events will follow the regulations for exhibition organisers and catering. Should certain upper limits for participants be legally stipulated for events, we would clearly have to comply with this. Theoretical planning options include spatial and temporal staggering of the races, limiting the number of participants or holding the half marathon one day earlier.
Our wish and our goal is to organise the Vienna City Marathon as an all-encompassing event - safe, atmospheric, in accordance with the legal requirements and with measures that have as little influence as possible on the course of the event. As soon as concrete points have been determined, we will actively inform you.
We made this decision in agreement with health experts and the responsible persons in the City of Vienna already in late summer 2020. This way there is more reliability and planning security, also for your preparation.
Normally the Vienna City Marathon scheduling has a lead time of five years, which means that we had already coordinated our planning dates for the VCM into 2025. We had to take the needs and availability of the big city of Vienna into account when finding the new dates. Vienna is an event city and there were many other events besides running events that pushed into autumn 2021. We are dependent on the availabilities of the city of Vienna. This includes first and foremost the Rathausplatz, the availability of an exhibition hall and probably the most important availability - that of a 42 km course. Vienna is constantly on the move and all major road construction measures have to be taken into account, also the underground construction and the corresponding building phases are decisive factors. The 12th of September was the only date that could be worked out together with those responsible in the city.
We are all in an extraordinary situation, and that also applies to the running autumn 2021. The running scene and the need for events are great. At the VCM pop-up runs, several participants told us that they started running during the lockdown and they now want to join competitions. We are convinced that there is room for many running events and that there is great anticipation for running events where people can run and celebrate together.
Discover one of the most impressive cultural marathon routes in the world.
The Vienna City Marathon leads to the most impressive modern and historical sights of Vienna. You start on Wagramer Straße in modern Vienna, close to the "UNO-City", the seat of the United Nations, and finishes in the city centre in front of the Burgtheater.
Immediately after the start, the participants cross the river Danube on the 864-meter Reichsbrücke bridge towards the city center. You pass the huge Ferris wheel and run on the completely flat "Prater Hauptallee" (main avenue) through the large, green park area of the Prater. This is exactly where Eliud Kipchoge ran in 1:59:40.2 hours for the marathon distance on 12 October 2019. He became the first person to run a marathon under two hours. A quarter of the VCM course is on Kipchoge's 1:59 course.
The race continues along the Danube Canal to the Vienna Ringstrasse, past the Vienna State Opera, the arts center Secession and the Naschmarkt, through the Wiental Valley to Schönbrunn Palace, Austria's most visited tourist attraction. Still before the half marathon distance, you run through Vienna's most famous shopping street, Mariahilfer Straße. You see many of the most impressive museums, the Parliament, the University of Vienna and the "Votivkirche" while running along one of the most impressive cultural marathon routes in the world. The magnificent Ringstraße boulevard is your home stretch. You will reach the finish line directly in front of the Burgtheater with a view of the City Hall.
The finishing line in front of the Burgtheater is also the heart of all running events on Saturday.
The VCM route is also available in detail on the digital city map of www.wien.gv.at.
The maximum altitude is 44,2 metres, the maximum gradient 0,4 %. The highest point of the course is at 45,7 metres above Vienna Zero (River Danube level) and is located at km 18,6 (Mariahilferstrasse / Kohlenhofgasse). The lowest point is at km 33 on Prater Hauptallee shortly before the Lusthaus at 1,3 m above Vienna Zero.
We are sorry that this content is only available in German.
a local service for you!
The Vienna City Marathon is a huge and international event. Runners from about 125 countries come to Vienna and experience the city in one of the running events. For participants from all over the world, the VCM offers a service that is unique in the marathon scene: the VCM Ambassadors.
VCM Ambassadors are runners from various nations who know Vienna and the Vienna City Marathon. They help participants with tips and hints in their mother tongue and are available to answer questions about the VCM. Our Ambassadors are looking forward to your request.
VCM Ambassadors from the following nations will help you: