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Dream route and prestigious race arrival announced

24th Feb 2012

The eighth edition of the Geneva Marathon for Unicef will provide runners with a unique route of 42.195km taking in some of the most beautiful landmarks of the region as well as Geneva’s historical and cosmopolitan city centre and its magnificent surrounding countryside. The Marathon and Half-Marathon will be a highlight of the weekend-long running festival over the 4th to 6th May 2012 that offers something for the whole family. For the first time in it’s history, all the races will finish in the world famous Jardin Anglais, taking runners past the iconic Jet d’Eau fountain, the well-known Flower Clock and across the Pont du Mont Blanc before reaching the finish line in the new Marathon Village.

Runners for the Marathon and Half-Marathon will set off with a stunning countryside backdrop nestled in between the Jura’s crests and the Alpine summits before diving into the heart of the Geneva’s urban scene and unique monuments whilst staying closely alongside the magnificent lake. The route will be closed to traffic for the first time, offering the unique opportunity for runners to cross the Pont du Mont Blanc with just each other for company!

The start of the race will be from Chêne-Bourg and can be accessed directly on the Genevan public transports (Transports Publics Genevois). Parking will also be available near the start area. The Marathon will go through ten villages of the Geneva state: Chêne-Bourg, Thonex, Choulex, Puplinge, Presinge, Jussy, Gy, Meinier, Collonge - Bellerive, Cologny to arrive in Geneva itself. Those taking part in the Half-Marathon will set off from the same start line later in the morning and follow a shorter countryside route before entering the city and crossing the finish line in the Jardin Anglais. These breathtaking routes will be extremely enjoyable for all running enthusiasts taking part. The new layouts are proof of the long-term commitment of the event organisers to make of the Geneva Marathon for Unicef one of the top 15 of marathons in Europe. Elements of the vastly popular 2011 route continue to feature for the start of the course, with the move of the finish line and Marathon Village to the Jardin Anglais offering a much better setting to end the races and accommodate thousands of spectators to welcome the runners.  Medals will be presented to all successful competitors of both the Marathon and Half-Marathon upon their arrival, along with massages and plenty of hard-earned refreshments. Geneva Water will be provided for all competitors throughout the routes, supplied by Services Industriels de Genève (SIG), along with special displays in the Marathon Village as part of the Water Day celebrations. 

Race Programme
Four races will be on offer so that the whole family can participate at each persons own pace in either a 5km race for women named La Genevoise and Juniors races for 6-13 year olds between 1km and 3km on Saturday 5th May and a full Marathon or Half–Marathon on Sunday. All competitors will receive a T-Shirt and goodie bag for taking part when they collect their bib number. The Marathon Village will also host numerous exhibitions and interactive displays throughout the weekend from our partners and supporters.

Saturday 5th May
14:00 – La Genevoise – 5km Women’s Race (from 14 years old plus), registration CHF 35
From 15:30 – 1km to 3 km Juniors Races (from 6 to 13 years old), registration CHF 15

Sunday 6th May
08:30 – Marathon – 42.195km, registration CHF 90
10 :30 – Half-Marathon – 21.1km, registration CHF 60

The organising committee of the Geneva Marathon for Unicef thanks its partners, its numerous volunteers, the villages involved as well as the authorities of the state and the city of Geneva. With the tireless support of these parties, the Geneva Marathon for Unicef is able to continuously evolve to take in the many great assets that the state and the city of Geneva has to offer in order to host a top running event that consistently attracts a growing number of participants from across the globe. Finnish runner, Maija Kainulainen turns 73 this year and has competed in over 70 Marathons all over the world. The Geneva Marathon for Unicef will be her first experience of running in Switzerland, “I’m looking forward to seeing the wonderful scenery, and beautiful lake Geneva. My friends have always recommended it to me as a place to visit and it’s great to have the opportunity to go there. I’m currently training in my small home town in Finland, running each day with my dog, in temperatures as low as -20 degrees!

A charity event
For the third year running, the Geneva Marathon supports Unicef and commits to give 5% of the registration fees for the Marathon, the Semi-Marathon and the women’s race, as well as the total amount of the registration fees for the Juniors’ Race to Unicef.  These funds will be used, amongst other projects, to build hydraulic pumps used by Unicef when emergency support is required in countries suffering a disaster.   

For more information about the partnership between the Geneva Marathon and Unicef, please visit http://www.genevemarathon.org/fr/UNICEF


Would you like to join us for an unforgettable experience?

From the 30th April to 3rd May 2015, come and join more than 10000 volunteers assist in the organisation of the Harmony Geneva Marathon for Unicef. By working with our team, you will play an important role in assuring that the races go smoothly, whilst contributing to the success of this exciting event for Geneva and its regions.


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