Neujahrsmarathon (New Year's Marathon) Zurich typically makes its way through Zurich on a picturesque course along the shores of Lake Zurich and up and down the hilly streets and roads in the surrounding area, cheered on by reams of spectators.
About Neujahrsmarathon Zurich
Neujahrsmarathon Zurich is held annually on New Year's Day and attracts runners from over 50 countries around the world. Every year, more than 35.000 runners participate, although this year, due to coronavirus, it is likely to be a scaled-down event.
Numerous different running events are usually scheduled: the full marathon, the half marathon, the quarter marathon and the relay race. There's also a kids' race that starts at 10pm on New Year's Eve. The marathon route leads runners past beautiful locations in the city, however, the route is not illuminated, so runners are recommended to wear high-visibility clothing and headlamps.
All race categories in the Neujahrsmarathon Zurich are verified by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), making Neujahrsmarathon Zurich one of just seven official Swiss marathons recognised by the AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races). The other Swiss marathons with this status are the Lausanne Marathon, Zurich Marathon, Zermatt Marathon, Swiss Alpine Marathon, Jungfrau Marathon and the Swiss City Marathon.
Sideline entertainment at Neujahrsmarathon Zurich
During Neujahrsmarathon Zurich, DJs and bands typically perform at Unterrohr sports hall in Schlieren just outside Zurich, where there are also changing facilities and showers for the athletes. There are also fireworks, of course, because the race kicks off at the stroke of midnight! It's well known as a memorable way to ring in the New Year, not only for athletes and sports enthusiasts but also families with kids. The sideline entertainment lasts from 7pm until 5am!