17,400 athletes expected for a record-setting weekend
Geneva will welcome a record number of participants for the 13th edition of the Harmony Geneva Marathon for Unicef on 6th and 7th of May.
17,400 people are set to take part in one of the eight race formats on offer throughout the weekend. A number of races, including all of the 10km race formats, were already sold out well before online registrations closed.
This new participation record demonstrates once again the enthusiasm of the local Geneva population for the Harmony Geneva Marathon for Unicef, as well as the international appeal of the event.
There will be 113 nationalities represented this weekend. For the second year running the event has been granted the IAAF Bronze label, a recognition of its all-round quality.
To open the weekend of racing, several hundred children will take part in the Junior races (from 1km to 5km) on Saturday afternoon, followed by the women-only 6.5km La Genevoise #LikeAGirl by Always and the 10km race for both runners and walkers closing proceedings at nightfall.
Thousands of runners will also take part in the Half Marathon, Wheelchair Half, Marathon and Relay-Marathon on Sunday morning.
“I already did the Half Marathon last year and I really enjoyed it” said the Hungarian runners Szilivia Jámbor. “There was a great atmosphere on the Pont du Mont Blanc with all the supporters cheering you on towards the finish, and the course is beautiful with the vineyards and the view on the Mont Blanc. I couldn’t wait to come back this year!”
The Marathon Village is in full swing
The Marathon Village for the 13th edition of the Harmony Geneva Marathon for Unicef opened at 10am this morning; the crowd of runners descended on the marquee to collect their precious bibs and their Compressport official event t-shirt in the heart of the Jardin Anglais.
The Marathon Village will be buzzing all weekend with activities and entertainments offered by partners and exhibitors for kids and parents alike.
Not-to-be-missed: open-air Zumba sessions with Harmony, the presence of Tadesse Abraham, Half Marathon European champion and Swiss Marathon record-holder (2h06m40s), on their stand (On Saturday from 2pm to 4pm), the Water Days by SIG, Chiquita and Generali’s kids area, and Compressport area for those who want to purchase some final kit before the race.
An elite field of record-setting calibre
All eyes will be on the clock this year as a field of elite runners aims to set a new course record. Of the runners lined up on the start line, six have personal bests below 2h10m and could well beat the current course record of 2h11m set by Simon Mukun in 2014.
In the women’s race, Kenyan athlete Jane Kiptoo will be attempting to defend her title for the second time after her victories in 2015 and 2016 and beat the course record of 2h32m34s set by her compatriot Milka Jerotich in 2014.