The twelfth swb Marathon on 1 October takes runners on a course through Bremen's entire metropolitan area and is the city's main running event of the year. As always there will also be a half marathon, a 10km race and a children's race.
Local places of interest such as the market square, the cathedral, Universum Bremen, Schlachte Embankment, the river Weser, Überseestadt, Bürgerpark and Rhododendron Park are normally part of a tourist's itinerary – at the swb marathon they are part of the course.
An extensive programme of entertainment means that the spectators are also well catered for. A dozen DJs attract a large proportion of the many thousands of visitors, while the many privately organised events create a lively atmosphere along the course.