An action packed first day of racing
An epic weekend of running in Geneva got underway this afternoon with 1,300 junior athletes, aged 6 to 15, taking part in races of between 1 and 5km. Cheered on by family and friends, many of them were participating in their first ever race.
In the 10-11 year old category, Timéo Fina and Élie Meyer ran side-by-side for 2.5km, finishing equal-first in 8min56sec.
“I’m really happy and proud of the result, and it’s pretty cool to finish equal-first as well”, said Timeo. “It was great, I’m not used to running elbow to elbow like that. I’ll definitely be back next year”, added Élie.
Following the Junior races it was the turn of the women-only 6.5km La Genevoise #LikeAGirl by Always race. Setting out from Chêne-Bourg, 1,400 runners headed towards the Jardin Anglais, with Carolina Harnandez Pita from Switzerland taking the win in 24min18sec.
British runners Louisa Koe and Isabelle Howell decided to take part in this race for the first time together. “It’s great! It’s a distance that is accessible for everyone and allows women and girls from all backgrounds, ages and fitness levels to run together. It’s a nice little challenge as well. Hearing the ‘Allez les filles’ all along the course is awesome too!” said Louisa after having crossed the finish line in 199th place.
“It was a great new challenge for us, and next year we will back for the 10k race for sure” concluded Isabelle.
As the sun began to set across Lake Geneva, thousands of runners and walkers took part in the 10km race, and were welcomed by a wall of noise along the finishing straight as supporters clapped and shouted at the top of their voices to support their favourite runners. Mohammed Boulama took the win in the men’s race in 30min49sec, and Penuel Kiondo won the women’s race in 38min35sec.
The 10km saw an unprecedented level of participation this year; thousands of runners and walkers took part in the multiple formats. It was so popular that all three formats were sold out well before online registrations closed.
“It’s a great race, arriving down by the lake is fabulous” said Swiss runner Jean Cingria. He went on to add: “I’d already done the Half Marathon here in Geneva, but this was my first 10km here. It’s a great event, I love seeing it grow every year and becoming recognised everywhere, I’m convinced it will keep going from strength to strength as well. I also set a new 10km PB, I’d never run it that fast before so it’s a perfect day out!”
Tomorrow the half-marathoners, marathoners and relay runners will close out two days of racing and celebration in Geneva. This record-setting weekend will hopefully see a new course record set in the Marathon as the elite field should be racing in ideal conditions.