The Harmony Geneva Marathon for Unicef is arguably one of the most picturesque city marathons in Europe and unquestionably one of the fastest. In 2015, 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 13th edition of the Harmony Geneva Marathon for Unicef takes place on 6th-7th May 2017. Thousands of runners from more than 120 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 (a 6.5km race for women) and Junior Races (1 to 5km for 6 to 15-year-olds).
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 will sit alongside the world’s premier elite running races in 2016.
Member of Swiss Runners
The Harmony Geneva Marathon for Unicef is a member of Swiss Runners, an association gathering the best Swiss running events. With every registration to a Swiss Runners race you automatically receive loyalty points. At the end of the year, athletes who took part in 5 races or more will receive a gift card worth 10 francs to be redeemed on upon your next registration. If you take part in 10 races, your 11th race will be free. Further details can be found at www.swissrunners.ch You cannot use this offer in conjunction with any other discount.
Fastest marathon in Switzerland in 2015
In 2015, the Harmony Geneva Marathon for Unicef was the fastest marathon in Switzerland. Peter Kiplagat from Kenya missed out on a course record by just 18 seconds winning on the Pont du Mont-Blanc in 02:11:18. Compatriot Jane Kiptoo battled hard to take the women’s race in 02:35:44.
A flat course and perfect running conditions helped more than 50% of runners set a personal best time in 2015. A few changes to the Marathon and Half Marathon courses will please those looking to set a personal best. The courses are flatter (40 meters less climbing) and straighter than in previous years, allowing you to maintain momentum throughout the race.