14 Apr

Geneva Breaks With Convention

Heinz Frei

Geneva marathon for Unicef is to host a wheelchair and hand-cycle half marathon for the first time in its history. Taking part in the event on Sunday 5 May will be Swiss champions and Paralympic medallists, Heinz Frei and Jean-Marc Berset.

Jean-Marc Berset, multiple world champion and Paralympic hand cycle medalist, is looking forward to lining up alongside his compatriot: "I'm delighted to be taking part in Geneva marathon for Unicef and helping promote the sport of hand cycling. For anyone who wants to get started in the sport, I'd advise them first and foremost to have patience. It takes time and a lot of kilometres to build up to good results but the journey is well worth the effort!"

Frei, who won his 15th gold medal at the London 2012 Paralympics, was in competitive mood, saying: "For a few years now, more and more athletes have been challenging me but I'm still able to push myself to win the most important races! With good training, it's possible to win, but I've also learnt to 'lose' gracefully - even though I truly believe that everyone on the start line in our category at Geneva is already a winner."

In addition to the new wheelchair and handcycle half marathon, the event offers a full weekend of races for all abilities, including the half and full marathon, junior races, women's 5k 'Genevoise', and a team relay marathon for groups of four to six participants. For more information, visit the event website.