St. Niklaus, Sunnegga, Riffelalp; the location for the 9th Zermatt Marathon.
Swiss runners Patrick Wieser and Claudia Landolt were expected to win - and both finished first in their category in a field of 1500 participants. The times of 3.09.34 from Wieser and 3.44.05 from Landolt were impressive, considering the altitude.
Runners had to cover 42.195km and more than 1500 meters altitude from the lowest valley in Switzerland (St. Niklaus), through Zermatt with the most beautiful mountain in the world, the Matterhorn, to the finish up at the Riffelberg (2585m above sea level).
All runners were challenged by the course and rewarded with beautiful scenery.
For the first time an age group category 80+ was offered for relay teams. Teams of two runners (men, women or mixed) together had to be 80 years old to be allowed to start in this category.
The Zermatt Marathon is part of the Mountain-Marathon-Cup (MMC) series, along with the LGT Alpin Marathon in Lichtenstein and the Jungfrau Marathon. Next year, the Kaisermarathon in Söll, Austria will be added to the series.
Every runner in the Zermatt Marathon also supported the Jens-Blatter Donation Marathon charity organisation. Race organisers gave 1 Swiss Franc per runner for a project to help children in Africa.
More than 8.000 runners and an unexpected winner.
Great weather, great mood and a surprise winner.
That was this year’s Stuttgarter Zeitung Lauf in Neckar Park, organised by the Baden Württembergischen Athletik Federation in co-operation with the capital city Stuttgart.
In perfect running conditions, Stuttgart’s mayor Michael Föll sent off more than 8,000 runners in the LBS Half Marathon.
For the first time Czech runner Dan Oralek, from Stuttgart’s partner city Brünn, took part. More precisely, he came, ran and won - in a time of 1:09:19. Oralek usually runs ultra marathons, so the half marathon was no more than a sprint distance for him.
In the women’s race, local runner Dorothea Frey, finished first in 1:23:07. Jiri Homolac, another runner from Brünn, won the 10.6km PSD-Bank-Lauf by a clear margin in 32:59.
This event is a run-and-movement festival for the whole family. The programme is as different as the participants. There is the AOK Minimarathon, the LBS Half-Marathon, the AOK relay Half-Marathon or the Lotto Handbike and Wheelchair-Marathon.
All victory ceremonies were held in front of the Mercedes-Benz stadium.
Runners interested in entering the event next year should note the date for the 18th edition of the Stuttgarter Zeitung Lauf is 28-29.May, when participants will return to Neckar Park.