Organisers of the Geneva Marathon have announced the launch of a moonlit run in the city on Saturday 3 May. Introduced on behalf of Unicef to celebrate the marathon's 10th edition, the 10k offers runners the opportunity of passing by Lake Geneva in the evening with a 9pm start.
1000 competitors have already signed up for the event, with walkers also invited to take part. The course moves from Chêne-Bourg and finishes in the heart of the city at the Jardin Anglais.
Mimi Turnipseed from Colorado was delighted to discover the new race: “I am new to Geneva and always run a 10k in May in my hometown of Boulder so was happy to see one offered during the Geneva Marathon weekend. I like the idea of it being at night.”
The new event is one of seven being held during the festival of running from 3-4 May, 2014. For the 10th edition of the event, those taking part in the marathon have an extra hour to complete the course as the cut of time has been extended from 5 hours 30 minutes to 6 hours 30 minutes. To date, 1300 people have registered for the race, a 50% upturn compared to the same time last year. Over 10,000 runners are expected to take part in one of the seven races on offer this year.
Event director Benjamin Chandelier explains: “The Geneva Marathon for Unicef is a real postcard of Geneva, and the goal for the event is to become one of the top 15 marathons in Europe with 15,000 runners by 2015. The aim is not just top 15 in terms of numbers but a top quality marathon experience in all senses - a beautiful route, a well organised event, and a fast course.”
For more information on the marathon and the evening 10k, visit the Geneva Marathon website.