October is the last big running month of the year.

If you still want to set some best times this year, there are still plenty of opportunities this month. Many cities are hosting marathons and half-marathons. There are also numerous fun runs from five kilometers to the marathon distance.

Marathon races in Lucerne, Venice and Chicago

One of the most famous marathons in Switzerland will be held in October. In Lucerne, the starting signal for the SwissCityMarathon Lucerne will be given towards the end of the month. Incidentally, marathons will also be run in Venice and Chicago this month. Incidentally, the Chicago Marathon was the scene of the marathon world record by the Kenyan Brigid Kosgei in 2019.

Other recommendations in the US

For marathon runners we recommend a start at the Marine Corps Marathon Washington, the Twin Cities Marathon or the New Jersey Marathon. For the half marathon distance you can start at the San Jose Half Marathon.

For triathletes, October offers the most famous race in the world. Of course, we are talking about the IRONMAN Hawaii. There are also a few other middle-distance races in St. George (Utah), North Carolina, Muncie and Arizona.

After Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt follow

After the Berlin Marathon was held in Germany in September, the second big wave of marathons will follow in October. These include the Munich Marathon and the Frankfurt Marathon, to name just two big players from the Federal Republic. In Frankfurt, the finish line on a red carpet remains an everlasting memory for the marathon runners. The course in Frankfurt is also ranked second after Berlin as the fastest marathon course in Germany.

All major and well-known running events in October can be found in the following overview:

Running Races in October: Selection of major events

World Athletics Road Running Championships

 
Date of the race | 26.09.2025 10:00 Uhr
Location of the race San Diego
Distance of the race 21 km / 5 km / 1,609 km

New York City Triathlon

 
Date of the race | 05:50 Uhr
Location of the race New York
Distance of the race Olympische Distanz

Singelloop Breda

 
Date of the race | 05.10.2025 14:00 Uhr
Location of the race Breda
Distance of the race 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km / 3,202 km

Cardiff Half Marathon

 
Date of the race | 10:00 Uhr
Location of the race Cardiff
Distance of the race 21,1 km

Singelloop Utrecht

 
Date of the race | 14:00 Uhr
Location of the race Utrecht
Distance of the race 10 km / 5 km / 2,5 km / 1 km

IRONMAN Barcelona

 
1
Date of the race | 08:08 Uhr
Location of the race Calella
Distance of the race Langdistanz / Ironkids

IRONMAN 70.3 Barcelona

 
2
Date of the race | 07:00 Uhr
Location of the race Calella
Distance of the race Mitteldistanz / Ironkids

Kosice-Marathon

 
1
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Kosice
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km

Brüssel Marathon (Brussels Marathon)

 
2
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Brüssel
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 5 km

Course Morat-Fribourg (Murtenlauf)

 
3
Date of the race | 10:15 Uhr
Location of the race Murten
Distance of the race 17,17 km (320 Hm) / 8,6 km

swb-Marathon Bremen

 
9
Date of the race | 09:30 Uhr
Location of the race Bremen
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21 km / 10 km
Hot

Köln Marathon

 
24
Date of the race | 10:30 Uhr
Location of the race Köln
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 4 km

Einstein-Marathon Ulm

 
12
Date of the race | 09:10 Uhr
Location of the race Ulm
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km
Hot

SportScheck RUN Nürnberg

 
5
Date of the race | 13:15 Uhr
Location of the race Nürnberg
Distance of the race 21,1 km / 10 km / 6 km / Kinder: 1,7 km / 0,6 km

Köhlbrandbrückenlauf

 
8
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Hamburg
Distance of the race 12,3 km

Tour de Tirol - Söller Zehner & Staffellauf

 
7
Date of the race | 17:30 Uhr
Location of the race Söll am wilden Kaiser
Distance of the race 10 km (318 Hm) / 3 x 3,3 km Staffel

Salzburg 10K

 
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Salzburg
Distance of the race 10 km

Army Ten Miler

 
Date of the race | 08:00 Uhr
Location of the race Washington
Distance of the race 16,09 km

Sofia Marathon

 
Date of the race | 09:30 Uhr
Location of the race Sofia
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

20 km de Paris

 
Date of the race | 10:00 Uhr
Location of the race Paris
Distance of the race 20 km

Marathon Eindhoven

 
5
Date of the race | 10:00 Uhr
Location of the race Eindhoven
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km / 1 mile / 5KM4ALL

Victoria Marathon

 
1
Date of the race | 08:00 Uhr
Location of the race Victoria
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 8 km

Magdeburg Marathon

 
5
Date of the race | 05.10.2025 09:10 Uhr
Location of the race Magdeburg
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 4,2 km
Hot

München Marathon

 
19
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race München
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / Staffelmarathon
TippHot

3-Länder-Marathon am Bodensee

 
15
Date of the race | 10:30 Uhr
Location of the race Lindau
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10,5 km / 4 km
Tipp

Graz Marathon

 
23
Date of the race | 10:00 Uhr
Location of the race Graz
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10,5 km / 5 km (Samstag)

Chicago Marathon

 
5
Date of the race | 07:30 Uhr
Location of the race Chicago
Distance of the race 42,2 km

Chicago 10K

 
Date of the race | 08:00 Uhr
Location of the race Chicago
Distance of the race 10 km

HYROX München

 
Date of the race | 08:00 Uhr
Location of the race München
Distance of the race 8 km

Ironman Hawaii

 
7
Date of the race | 06:35 Uhr
Location of the race Kailua-Kona
Distance of the race Langdistanz

Harz-Gebirgslauf (Brocken-Marathon)

 
4
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Wernigerode
Distance of the race 42 km / 22 km / 11 km / 5 km / 2 km

Tokyo Half Marathon

 
Date of the race | 08:05 Uhr
Location of the race Tokio
Distance of the race 21,1 km

Ironman 70.3 Poreč, Istria

 
Date of the race | 08:00 Uhr
Location of the race Porec
Distance of the race Mitteldistanz (Middle Distance) / Olympische Distanz (Olympic)

Bath Half Marathon

 
1
Date of the race | 11:00 Uhr
Location of the race Bath
Distance of the race 21,1 km

Columbus Marathon

 
Date of the race | 07:30 Uhr
Location of the race Columbus
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km

Detroit Free Press Marathon

 
Date of the race | 07:00 Uhr
Location of the race Detroit
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 5 km / 1 mi

Des Moines Marathon

 
Date of the race | 08:00 Uhr
Location of the race Des Moines
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 5 mi / 5 km

Bridge to Brisbane

 
Date of the race | 06:15 Uhr
Location of the race Murarrie
Distance of the race 10 km / 4,5 km

Melbourne Marathon Festival

 
Date of the race | 07:00 Uhr
Location of the race Melbourne
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km / 3 km Walk

Telesia Half Marathon

 
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Telesia
Distance of the race 21,1 km

Cape Town Marathon (Kapstadt Marathon)

 
Date of the race | 06:00 Uhr
Location of the race Kapstadt
Distance of the race 46 km / 42,2 km / 22 km / 11 km / 10 km / 5 km
Hot

Palma de Mallorca Marathon

 
13
Date of the race | 08:00 Uhr
Location of the race Mallorca
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

Toronto Waterfront Marathon

 
2
Date of the race | 08:45 Uhr
Location of the race Toronto
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 5 km

Budapest Marathon

 
6
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Budapest
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 30 km / 42,2 km Relay for 2 or 4 / 10 km / Fun Run

Bukarest Marathon / Bucharest Marathon

 
1
Date of the race | 08:30 Uhr
Location of the race Bukarest
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 3 km

Oldenburg Marathon

 
7
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Edewecht
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km / 1,6 km

Bottwartal Marathon

 
10
Date of the race | 08:00 Uhr
Location of the race Steinheim an der Murr
Distance of the race 50 km / 42,2 km (270 Hm) / 21,095 km / 10 km / 5 km / 4,2 km / 1,5 km / 0,5 km

Lübeck Marathon

 
18
Date of the race | 10:00 Uhr
Location of the race Lübeck
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21 km / 10 km / 4,2 km / 2,1 km

Great 10K Berlin

 
14
Date of the race | 12:00 Uhr
Location of the race Berlin
Distance of the race 10 km / Kinder: 1,5 km / 0,8 km / Staffel: 2 x 5 km
TippHot

Wolfgangseelauf

 
27
Date of the race | 19.10.2025 10:30 Uhr
Location of the race Sankt Wolfgang im Salzkammergut
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 27 km / 10 km / 5,2 km

Great South Run

 
2
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Portsmouth
Distance of the race 16,09 km / 5 km
Hot

Amsterdam Marathon

 
11
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Amsterdam
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 8 km

Le Grand Raid Reunion

 
2
Date of the race | 19:00 Uhr
Location of the race La Reunion
Distance of the race 164,6 km (9.576 Hm) / 111 km (6.433 Hm) / 65 km (3.505 Hm)

Salzburg Trailrunning Festival

 
17
Date of the race | 19:00 Uhr
Location of the race Salzburg
Distance of the race 23,5 km / 13 km / 8,5 km / 6,4 km / 5,5 km

Kansas City Marathon

 
Date of the race | 07:00 Uhr
Location of the race Kansas City
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km

Bilbao Night Marathon

 
Date of the race | 19:00 Uhr
Location of the race Bilbao
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

IRONMAN California

 
Date of the race | 07:00 Uhr
Location of the race Sacramento
Distance of the race Langdistanz (Long Distance)

Run in Lyon

 
1
Date of the race | 08:30 Uhr
Location of the race Lyon
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

Int. Kärnten Marathon Carinzia Koroska

 
11
Date of the race | 11:30 Uhr
Location of the race Feldkirchen
Distance of the race 50 km / 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10,5 km / 5 km / 2 km / 1 km / 0,3 km

Laibach Marathon (Ljubljanski maraton)

 
2
Date of the race | 19.10.2025 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Laibach
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

Venice Marathon / Venedig-Marathon

 
5
Date of the race | 09:40 Uhr
Location of the race Venedig
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10,7 km

Dresden Marathon

 
8
Date of the race | 10:30 Uhr
Location of the race Dresden
Distance of the race 42,2 km (20 Hm) / 21,1 km / 10 km / 4,2 km

Indianapolis Monumental Marathon

 
Date of the race | 08:00 Uhr
Location of the race Indianapolis
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 5 km

SportScheck RUN Berlin

 
5
Date of the race | 18:00 Uhr
Location of the race Berlin
Distance of the race 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km / Kinder: 2 km / 0,4 km

Marseille-Cassis

 
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Marseille
Distance of the race 20 km

Auckland Marathon

 
3
Date of the race | 06:00 Uhr
Location of the race Auckland
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 11 km / 5 km / 2,2 km

Dublin Marathon

 
1
Date of the race | 26.10.2025 08:45 Uhr
Location of the race Dublin
Distance of the race 42,2 km

SwissCityMarathon Lucerne

 
6
Date of the race | 08:30 Uhr
Location of the race Luzern
Distance of the race 42,195 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

Lausanne Marathon

 
6
Date of the race | 09:30 Uhr
Location of the race Lausanne
Distance of the race 42,195 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

Röntgenlauf

 
9
Date of the race | 08:30 Uhr
Location of the race Remscheid
Distance of the race 63,3 km (1.370 Hm) / 42,2 km (960 Hm) / 21,1 km (405 Hm) / 10 km / 5 km / 2 km / 1 km

Frankfurt Marathon

 
26
Date of the race | 26.10.2025 10:00 Uhr
Location of the race Frankfurt am Main
Distance of the race 42,2 km (27,8 Hm)

Peking Marathon / Beijing Marathon

 
2
Date of the race | 07:30 Uhr
Location of the race Beijing
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

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