Imagine running a marathon on one of the world’s most breathtaking terrains, with more than 4,000 international runners in a demanding test of stamina, endurance and sheer will.
The Jungfrau Marathon, now in its 23rd edition, is one of Europe’s most challenging races, set against the looming backdrop of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau peaks in the Swiss Alps. Held every September since 1993, the event welcomes not just experienced runners but also amateurs, first-timers and even kids, by hosting a number of less-intensive challenges as well. Here’s a quick overview to what you can expect at Jungfrau in 2015.
The 23rd Jungfrau Marathon: Spanning 42.195 km with an altitude variation of 1823m, this intense race will see runners from over 60 nations competing for the finish line. The route from Interlaken to Kleine Scheidegg will cross Bonigen, Zweilütschinen, Lauterbrunnen, Wengen and Wengernalp in a combination of flat lands, sharp climbs and steep downhills. The marathon will start on Saturday, September 12, 2015.
There’s something for everybody at the Jungfrau-Marathon. Here are some races to look forward to for those who’re not competing for the marathon just yet.
• 23rd Jungfrau-Minirun: Ranging from 200m to 1 mile, the race is open for children up to 16 years of age.
• Jungfrau-Minimarathon: 4.2195km fun run open to everyone
• 7th Jungfrau-Pararace: An open race for physically-challenged athletes
• The Mile: A competitive race for elites
The 23rd Jungfrau-Marathon on September 12 will conclude with customary awards night celebrations at the Swiss tour theatre DAS ZELT at the Interlaken. ABBA 99, a tribute band of the original Swedish group, is scheduled to perform at this finale.
For more information and updates on the Jungfrau-Marathon, visit the official site.
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