The Geneva Marathon for Unicef unveils its new route

04 Mar 2011 09:52
Jean-Loup Fenaux
Press Release Where can you run this week-end?

For the first time ever, the Geneva Marathon for Unicef, now in its seventh year, will provide the runners with a unique route of 42,195km including the most beautiful landmarks of the city as well as Geneva’s historical and cosmopolitan centre and its magnificent countryside surrounding it over the weekend of the 14th and 15th May 2011. Unlike previous editions where participants had to make two loops of the same course, the 2011 route is based on one loop of the new course which for the full and half marathon courses, offers the runners a variation of vistas to help them on their way.

After a first part in the countryside in a stunning backdrop nestled in between the Jura’s crests and the Alpine summits, the participants will dive into the heart of the roads and discover the token monuments of Geneva (the water-jet, the flower clock, the Mont-Blanc Bridge…). They will then run along the Rhône quays and will finally cross the finish line drawn in front of the famous Palais Wilson for a prestigious finale in the heart of the city.

The start of the race will be from Chêne-Bourg and can be accessed directly on the Genevan public transports (Transports Publics Genevois). Parking will also be available near the start area. The Marathon will go through ten villages and cities of the Geneva district: Chêne-Bourg, Thonex, Choulex, Puplinge, Presinge, Jussy, Gy, Meinier, Collonges – Bellerive, Cologny to arrive in Geneva itself. The participants of the semi-marathon will take the same start and will get to the roads before entering the city and cross the finish line at Palais Wilson. These breathtaking running routes will be extremely enjoyable to the running enthusiasts. The new layouts are proof of the long-term commitment of the event organisers to make of the Geneva Marathon for Unicef one of the top 15 of marathons in Europe.

Parcours 2011
Credit : Genève Marathon for Unicef

Drawing on the success of the sixth edition, the Organisating Committee of the Geneva Marathon for Unicef maintains for the second consecutive year the innovative format launched in 2010. Four races will be on offer so that the whole family can participate at its own pace in either a full marathon, semi-marathon, 6km race for women named the Genevoise and races for children between 500m and 3km.

Saturday 14th May 14:00 : La Genevoise – 6km Women’s Race (from 14 years old plus), registration CHF 35/ 24 EUR From 15:30 : 500m to 3 km Children’s Races (from 6 to 13 years old), registration CHF 15/ 10 EUR

Sunday 15th May 08:30 : Marathon – 42.195km, registration CHF 90/ 61 EUR 10:30 : Half-Marathon – 21.1km, registration CHF 60/ 41 EUR

The organising committee of the Geneva Marathon for Unicef thanks its partners, its numerous volunteers, the cities and villages involved as well as the authorities of the county and the city of Geneva through the voices of Charles Beer, State Counsel and Manuel Tornare, Administrative Counsel. Their invaluable support gives the organisers the opportunity to contemplate with equanimity the development of the event and to announce today a unique loop for the Marathon and the Semi-Marathon. Again in 2011, their work side by side with the organising committee will guarantee an exceptional experience for the thousands of runners, volunteers and spectators.

New website

The announcement of the race routes for 2011 is also the opportunity to unveil the new event website: All information, news, best pictures and videos as well as a registration form are now online.

Loyal partners

We wish to thank our loyal partners who, by our side, keep this fantastic adventure going. Please click HERE for the complete list of our partners For this seventh edition, we are delighted to welcome two new partners in the names of Crédit Suisse and Jiwok, sports coaching service to your MP3.

A solidarity event

For the second year running, the Geneva Marathon supports Unicef and commits to give 5% of the registration fees for the Marathon, the Semi-Marathon and the women’s race, as well as the total amount of the registration fees for the Childrens’ Race to Unicef. These funds will be used, amongst other projects, to build hydraulic pumps used by Unicef when emergency support is required in countries suffering a disaster.

For more information about the partnership between the Geneva Marathon and Unicef, please visit