The Harmony Geneva Marathon for Unicef is arguably one of the most picturesque city marathons in Europe and unquestionably one of the fastest. During the last edition, 50% of runners achieved a personal best. The course takes in the countryside nestled between mountains and the shore of Lake Geneva before finishing in the heart of the city in front of the famous Jet d’Eau.
And with the city named Europe’s Leading City Break Destination at the World Travel Awards for a second consecutive year, there couldn’t be a better reason to come and set your personal best in Geneva.
The 16th edition of the Harmony Geneva Marathon for Unicef takes place on 9th-10th May 2020. Thousands of runners from more than 138 global destinations are expected to join this inclusive festival of running by signing up for one of eight events: Marathon, Relay Marathon (4-6 people), Half-Marathon, Wheelchair Race, 10km (open to runners and walkers), La Genevoise #LikeAGirl by Always (a 6km race for women), Junior Races (1 to 3km for 6 to 13-year-olds) and the Parent/Child Race of 1km.
IAAF Bronze Label
The Harmony Geneva Marathon for Unicef has become the first and only running event in Switzerland to receive the IAAF’s prestigious Bronze Label.
In issuing the exclusive accreditation, the global governing body of athletics recognised the quality of event organisation, standard of course and elite field of athletes. The award represents a landmark moment in the history of the Harmony Geneva Marathon for Unicef, which sits now alongside the world’s premier elite running races.
5* quality road race label by European Athletics
The event is also accredited with the 5 star quality road race label by European Athletics.
ABBOTT WORLD MARATHON MAJORS
The Harmony Geneva Marathon for Unicef is now a member of Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group World Ranking.
By taking part in the Harmony Geneva Marathon for Unicef, you are part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group for the XIII series.
The second edition of the rankings commences on September 30th 2019 and ends on October 11th at the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon - coinciding with the conclusion of Series XIII of the Abbott World Marathon Majors.
The World Championships will take place in 2021 with the venue to be announced next year.
You receive points according to age, time and sex for the following age groups: 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+ for men and women.
The highest ranked runners in each age group will be invited to take part in the Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group World Championships.
More information on the scoring system and world ranking is available at https://www.worldmarathonmajors.com/
Member of Swiss Running
The Harmony Geneva Marathon for Unicef is a member of Swiss Running, an association gathering the best Swiss running events.
Fastest marathon in Switzerland
In 2019, the Harmony Geneva Marathon for Unicef was the fastest marathon in Switzerland.
A flat course and perfect running conditions helped more than 50% of runners set a personal best time during the last edition. A few changes to the Marathon and Half Marathon courses will please those looking to set a personal best. The courses are flatter and straighter than in previous years, allowing you to maintain momentum throughout the race.