Aarhus has many running races throughout the year, mostly during spring and summer, with the Aarhus Half Marathon being the one that attracts the most runners from all over the country and world. However, Aarhus also offers a few races in the wintertime as it is never too cold to run :).
Guests on our running tours are often interested in upcoming running events. Aarhus Running Races 2019 is a list of noteworthy running races in Aarhus in 2019, and 2019 is a special year because Aarhus is the host city of World Cross Country Championship 2019.
Main Aarhus Running Races
BESTSELLER Aarhus City Half Marathon 2019
Date: Sunday June 16th, 2019
Distances: Half marathon and 11 km
Time: 10 AM
The route takes its runners through a closed-off central Aarhus, on a day when vehicles stay in the garage. Along the way, you will pass by all of Aarhus’ famous attractions, including The Old Town museum, the art museum AROS and the theme park, Tivoli Friheden.
The half marathon is for everyone – beginners, joggers, experienced joggers and elite runners! Even though Aarhus is a hilly city, the route is for the most part rather flat and an easy run. The run is primarily on concrete, and some parts will be dominated by cobblestone. For 43% of the participants in the 2018 BESTSELLER Aarhus City half marathon, it was their first half marathon ever so it is a good half marathon for first-timers.
With up to 12,000 participants, you are in for a running party so be prepared for many runners in a small city, comprehensive entertainment throughout the route and great support from the many “Aarhusianere”, who will cheer for you all the way along the way.
As a new feature, the half marathon also offers you the “Run with me” option, in which your running buddy who is not so keen on running a complete half marathon can join you on the last 11 km.
Interested? You can sign up here.
IAAF/Mikkeller World Cross Country Championships 2019
Date: Saturday March 30th, 2019
Distances: sprint, 4 km, 8 km, 12 km, relay
Time: Varies depending on the race type
Aarhus will be hosting this year’s IAAF/Mikkeller World Cross Country Championships 2019. It will be a unique and wild event on the grassy, sloping roof of the mesmerising Moesgaard Museum and in the nature area around the spectacular building.
This year’s World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus is innovative as it is making cross country running available to everyone on the race day. A mass race for amateur runners as well as the elite has been introduced, and it is possible to sign up for several distances. Find the one that suits you: a sprint, 4 km, 8 km, 12 km cross/trail or gather 4 friends and form a relay team.
As the organisers put it, it is a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”. Watch the world’s best elite runners fight for the title of the Championships in the morning and participate yourself later in the day in one of the distances.
Go! Running Tours will not miss this special opportunity, so come and join us and sign up here.
Also, as a social warm-up during your stay in Aarhus, you can join Go! Running Tours Aarhus’ special WXC-Tour.
Royal Run Aarhus
Date: Monday June 10th, 2019
Distances: one mile, 5 km and 10 km
Time: 11 AM for 1 mile, and 11:30 AM for 5 km and 10 km (options of walk and run)
When Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark turned 50 in May 2018, he celebrated it by running with 70,500 people in the five largest cities in Denmark. It was such a great success that the Royal Run is now returning.
If you want to say that you have been running with a royal in Aarhus, Royal Run is the race for you as the Crown Prince will start the big race day with a one mile run in Aarhus.
The event is organized so that everyone can participate. Athletes and experienced runners can compete as well as children, families, elderly and those with a handicap can enjoy the festive running atmosphere or choose to walk the distances.
Royal Run is not so much about running, but more about having fun and being active together. Its goal is to encourage people to be physically active through running. Royal Run is an enjoyable run with happy runners, many supporters and a nice flat route through the centre of Aarhus. For the 10 km route, you will get a unique opportunity to run in the garden of the Royal summer residence and around the residence. Go! Running Tours Aarhus will not miss this opportunity and will join the 10 km route.
Sign you and your family up for this event here.
Aarhus 1900 Half Marathon
Date: Saturday September 28th, 2019
Distances: Half marathon and quarter marathon
Time: 1 PM
The key word for this run is coziness, and it is for runners at all levels. One of the biggest and oldest running clubs in Aarhus, Aarhus 1900, is the organizer of this half marathon that takes place in the late summertime.
The race starts and finishes close to the city centre of Aarhus and will take you around the picturesque Brabrand lake, which is a calm nature area just outside the city centre. The route is flat so there is a great opportunity to improve your PR or just enjoy the nature area.
Sign up here for the run.
Smaller and Club Aarhus Running Races
If you’re keen to mixing up your runs and trying those lesser-knowns, here you can find some fun and quirky Aarhus running races;
The Winter Race Hermans (Vinterløbet Hermans)
Date: Sunday March 17th and Sunday March 31st, 2019
Distances: 5 km or 10 km
Time: 10 AM
Stay running even though it is rather cold outside. The winter race is both for the serious runner who wants to make a new PR and for the runner who just runs for fun. Each year, the Winter Race Hermans opens up for four unique races during the wintertime in Aarhus. You can sign up for all four races or only for the one(s) you want to join.
The winter runs are a unique opportunity to keep you motivated during the dark months and ensure that you stay in shape for the many spring races. The races are held in four unique locations so you are guaranteed a new route for each race you participate in.
Sign up for one or more of the races here.
Ladies Mud Race Dark Edition
Date: Wednesday March 14th, 2019
Distance: 5 km
Time: 7 PM
Light, fire and colours are the keywords for this 5 km dark run taking place just outside of Aarhus in the area of Vestereng. The race takes place in the woods, on paths and open terrain in the rumbling darkness with torches lighting up the paths for you, but only in some places of the paths. As a participant in this race, you will wear headlamps and glow sticks. If you are afraid of the dark – this is not the race for you 🙂 Warm soup will be waiting for you after the race.
If this information has caught your interest, sign up for the race here.
Aarhus Harbour Race 2019 (Aarhus Havneløb 2019)
Date: Sunday April 28th, 2019
Distances: 5 km and 10 km
Time: 11 AM
Experience the exciting and different atmosphere of Aarhus harbour, and enjoy the view of the city with the buildings of NAVITAS, DOKK1 and the harbour basins on the first part of the route.
The route continues past the “Movie city”, the old oil mill and Aarhus’ old slaughterhouse. The routes are flat and suitable for both beginners as well as those who want to beat their PR! Sign up here.
RIIS skov Trail (RIIS Forest Trail)
Date: Tuesday May 7th, 2019
Distances: 5.5 km and 11 km
Time: 5:30 PM
If you are looking for a trail race in beautiful surroundings, RIIS Skov Trail is a must. The race starts near the centre of Aarhus where you will find this charming forest. During the course of the race, you will encounter beach, wide forest paths, narrow tracks with roots and stones, and the infamous devil’s hill. Challenge yourself with hills and fun trail tracks, and sign up for the race, which will take place on a – hopefully – beautiful spring evening.
Look out for the orange Go! Running Tours Aarhus T-shirt as we will be participating.
Date: Saturday June 8th, 2019
Distance: 5 km
Time: From 9:30 AM to 3:45 PM
GUNG-HO! is a run that focuses on fun. It is a 5 km long running track with 10 huge inflatable obstacles. It is a fun challenge without timing, but with music and entertainment. You’re going to run and jump through the paths – it’s great fun!
GUNG-HO! is for everyone. Your
Date: Tuesday August 20th, Wednesday August 21st and Thursday August 22nd, 2019
Distance: 5 km relay and 5 km walk
Time: 6:30 PM
Every year in August, the Memorial park in Aarhus turns into a big folk festival when 47,000 runners participate in the 5×5 relay or the 5 km walk. This is the occasion for local companies to get together, socialise and team-build – no wonder that this running event has been named the world’s greatest company party.
When participants are not running, they are enjoying social time with their friends and colleagues in the area around the race in the Memorial park. Companies are setting up tents, garden chairs and are barbequing so the last runners will run in the smell of grilled sausages 🙂
This event is definitely a great activity to get to know your colleagues outside of the office, and a great way to burn off some calories on the hilly route before enjoying dinner with your friends and colleagues – so gather a team and join the relay.
Marselisløbet (The Marselis Race)
Date: Saturday September 1st, 2019
Distances: 6 km, 12 km and children’s race 3 km
Time: From 10 AM to 11.30 AM, depending on the distance
This race is known as the most beautiful and traditional of Aarhus running races, which takes place in the late summertime. Thousands of runners will participate in the traditional race, run in the beautiful Marselis forests and along the water. In addition to running on the traditional trails, there is also a city party with lots of activities and entertainment for everyone. This race is the perfect opportunity to be with friends, family, fellow students and colleagues and have fun together at the annual race party at Tangkrogen. You can read more here.