The Marathon is back in town!  After 30 years of successful Basler-Marathon-Tage the city was host to the first “Run to the beat” Marathon in Europe.  

Along the run course at five different hot spots, music bands played for the runners.  With the positive influence of music, athletes were pushed to their highest performance and the event to a unique experience for runners as well as for the spectators.

 

The hilly course was certainly a challenge for many runners as they were pushed to their limits.

For German runner Andreas Schur from Pfullendorf it was not too bad as he finished first in the marathon.  He crossed the finish line at the Marktplatz in front of the Basel city hall .in 2:38:04 - a full two minutes before Bernhard Eggenschwiler  from Switzerland.  Matthias Pretot, winner in 2009, finished third.

 

Only Swiss runners were found in the top rankings of the women’s race. Desiree Germann from Zurich finished first in 3:11:31.  Almost three minutes later, Melissa Jehn from Basel finished, followed by Stefanie Schillig-Planzer from Altdorf.

 

 The podium for the Half Marathon was rather international.  Fabien Brunner from France won the 21.2km course in 1:12:25.  He was 90 seconds ahead of the second runner, Hailu Mihreteab, who was born in Ethiopia but now living near Basel.

 

Even more exciting was the battle for the ranking in the women´s race. Only 30 seconds were between the finish times of the first three runners there. Naturally Marathon-Photos.com was there to capture the action.

The attractive course offered many scenic highlights of Basel, such as the historic old town and all three remaining city gates.

 

Date:  12th September 2010

 

 www.manorruntothebeatbasel.ch

 

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