2012: Let’s Start Running!

So here we are in 2012, and you did it: You’ve made a New Year's resolution to be more active and start running.

Running in Switzerland - Silvesterlauf ZürichSurely, running is cheap and easy and you can do it pretty much everywhere. Well, for those of you who are super eager and live in Switzerland (or want to visit), here's some good news!

Like so many things in Switzerland, it was not the Swiss who invented running, but they do it very well. Sure, the Swiss are no Masai or Tarahumara runners, but they do love to run. With a population of 7.7 million people (about 300'000 people less than the population of New York City), there are no less than 55 major running events in Switzerland each year, and 26 of which are longer than a marathon (42.195 kilometers)!

Needless to say, running is big in Switzerland. People of all ages love to get out and run from village to village, around lakes and up mountains.

Running in Switzerland - Aletsch Marathon

For the past eight years, the first marathon of the year worldwide has been held in Zürich! The Neujahrsmarathon (New Year's Marathon) starts each year at exactly midnight in Schlieren, just outside of Zürich. With fireworks screaming into the night’s sky all around and headlamps bobbing on the heads of the participants, close to 600 people take off for a run of either a quarter, half or a full marathon. The official allotted time for the full marathon is five hours.

Running in Switzerland - Neujahrsmarathon

Thinking of getting out to one of Switzerland’s many running events this year? Here’s a list that might spark your interest:

If you’re not into long distance yet, many of the below events feature half marathons. Coming to Zurich? Check out the ZüriLaufCup a series of runs around 12 km in distance. Two great runs are also the Aletsch Halbmarathon and the Murtenlauf. For a full list of all of the running events in Switzerland, check out the Swiss Athletics site.


Date Distance & Elevation Cost

(CHF)

Event
22. April 2012

8:30 AM

42.195 km

80m / 80m

130.- Zürich Marathon.
5. May 2012

7:35 AM

63.3 km

1215m / 1215m

20.- 3/2 Marathon Muttenz.
5. May 2012

10:00 AM

715m / 715m 20.- Muttenz-Marathon.
6. May 2012

8:30 AM

42.195 km

220m / 270m

90.- Genève Marathon.
6. May 2012

9:00 AM

42.195 km

250m / 250m

75.- Winterthur Marathon.
12.-13. May 2012

12:00 PM

24 Std.

flach

150.- Self-Transcendence 24 Stundenlauf.
13. May 2012

0:00 AM

12 Std.

flach

100.- Self-Transcendence 12 Stundenlauf.
18. May 2012

5:00 PM

100 Meilen

flach

100.- Bielersee XXL.
19. May 2012

9:00 AM

50km

flach

50.- Ultra Bielersee.
2. June 2012

9:00 AM

42.195 km

1800m / 635m

90.- LGT-Alpin-Marathon Liechtenstein.
8.-9. June 2012

10:00 PM

100 km

500m / 500m

135.- 100-km-Lauf Biel.
8.-9. June 2012

10:15 PM

42.195 km

240m / 180m

70.- Nachtmarathon Biel.
16. June 2012

7:15 AM

75 km

2952m / 2952m

90.- Défi Val-de-Travers.
16. June 2012

7:15 AM

42 km

1346m / 1346m

90.- Défi Val-de-Travers.
17. June 2012

8:00 AM

48 km

1650m / 1650m

50.- Ticino Ultramarathon.
23. June 2012

9:15 AM

42.195 km

2682m / 402m

95.- Graubünden Marathon.
24. June 2012

9:00 AM

42.195 km

100m / 100m

50.- Fyne Nature Marathon.
6.-8. July 2012

8:00 AM

201 km

11’500m / 12’700m

260.- Swiss Irontrail, T201.
6.-8. July 2012

9:00 PM

141 km

8400m / 9600m

230.- Swiss Irontrail, T141.
7.-8. July 2012

5:00 AM

110 km

7300m / 7300m

150.- Trail Verbier Saint-Bernard: La Boucle.
7. July 2012

5:30 AM

100 km

3600m / 3500m

230.- SwissJura-NatureTrail.
7.-8. July 2012

5:30/6:00 AM

2 x 100 km

7100m / 7100m

400.- SwissJura-NatureTrail.
7.-8. July 2012

8:00 AM

71 km

4800m / 4800m

200.- Swiss Irontrail, T71.
7. July 2012

9:00 AM

42.195 km

1944m / 444m

115.- Zermatt Marathon.
7. July 2012

10:00 AM

50 km

1545m / 1925m

180.- SwissJura-NatureTrail.
7.-8. July 2012

10:00 AM

2 x 50 km

3120m / 3980m

390.- SwissJura-NatureTrail.
7.-8. July 2012

10:00 AM

61 km

4200m / 4340m

90.- Trail Verbier Saint-Bernard: La Traversée.
28. July 2012

7:00 AM

79.4 km

2600m / 2600m

183.- Swiss Alpine Marathon, K78.
28. July 2012

7:00 AM

42.195 km

500m / 1150m

150.- Swiss Alpine Marathon, C42.
28. July 2012

10:30/11:30 AM

42.195 km

1720m / 1550m

162.- Swiss Alpine Marathon, K42.
4.-5. Aug. 2012

8:15/7:50 AM

2 x 42.195 km

3900m / 3900m

150.- Internationales Gondo Event.
11.-12. Aug. 2012

10:30 AM

? 120.- R’ADYS Mountain Marathon.
18. Aug. 2012

6:30 AM

80.3 km

5000m / 4674m

160.- Mountainman Ultra.
18. Aug. 2012

9:00 AM

42.195 km

2561m / 2005m

120.- Mountainman Marathon.
27. Aug. -

2. Sept. 2012

10:00 PM

300 km

22’000m / 22’000m

EUR 510.- PTL: La Petite Trotte à Léon.
30.-31. Aug. 2012

9:00 AM

109 km

7100m / 7300m

EUR 100.- TDS: Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie.
31. Aug. -

1. Sept. 2012

10:00 AM

98 km

5600m / 5800m

EUR 100.- CCC: Courmayeur-Champex-Champerix.
31. Aug. -

2. Sept. 2012

6:30 PM

166 km

9500m / 9500m

EUR 147.- UTMB: Ultra-Trail International du Tour du Mont Blanc.
8. Sept. 2012

9:00 AM

42.195 km

1823m / 298m

140.- Jungfrau-Marathon.
9. Sept. 2012

9:00 AM

42.195 km

1823m / 298m

140.- Jungfrau-Marathon.
22. Sept. 2012

7:00 AM

111 km

1500m / 1500m

200.- The Wayve.
22.-23. Sept. 2012

12:00 PM

24 Std.

flat

130.- 24 Stundenlauf.
23. Sept. 2012

0:00 AM

12 Std.

flat

90.- 12 Stundenlauf.
23. Sept. 2012

8:30 AM

42.195 km

200m / 200m

95.- Run to the Beat Basel.
6. Oct. 2012

9:00 AM

42.195 km

2640m / 2640m

63.- Marathon Raid(e) de Moutier.
7. Oct. 2012

11:00 AM

42.195 km

75m / 75m

EUR 55.- Sparkasse-Marathon.
14. Oct. 2012

9:00 AM

40.5 km

1540m / 1540m

70.- Napf-Marathon Emmental.
28. Oct. 2012

9:00 AM

42.195 km

120m / 120m

100.- Lucerne Marathon.
28. Oct. 2012

10:10 AM

42.195 km

100m / 136m

75.- Lausanne-Marathon.
11. Nov. 2012

9:15 AM

42.195 km

100m / 100m

45.- Maratona Ticino.
18. Nov. 2012

10:00 AM

42.195 km

520m / 520m

33.- Frauenfelder Militärwettmarsch.
18. Nov. 2012

10:30 AM

42.195 km

520m / 520m

42.- Frauenfelder Marathon.
1. January 2013

0:00 AM

42.195 km

60m / 60m

60.- Neujahrsmarathon Zürich.
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