18-03-2021 - News



The reimagined version will offer 4 distances, all of which will be officially measured: Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km and 5km La Genevoise #LikeAGirl by Always

In view of the uncertainties linked to the current health situation, the organisers of the Harmony Geneva Marathon for Unicef have confirmed they will offer runners a new concept this year. For the 16th edition, the event will be held over a full month so that everyone can set a goal and take part in the competition, individually and safely.

Like many sectors affected by the virus, the organisation of large-scale sporting events such as the Harmony Geneva Marathon for Unicef has been significantly impacted. Nevertheless, for several months, the organising committee has been working tirelessly, from home, in order to find solutions that meet the expectations of its community. Different scenarios have been considered in order to find the most suitable and responsible model that will preserve most of the elements that have made the event so famous.

Benjamin Chandelier, Event Director, is very happy to launch this reimagined edition: “We are very excited to be able to organise our event this year with a concept very similar to previous editions but adapted to the health situation we are currently experiencing. Participants will be able to challenge themselves individually over the desired distance, officially measured, on the day of their choice throughout the month of May. We would like to thank all our participants, our volunteers, our partners, our service providers and all the local authorities and administrations for their messages of support, which go straight to our hearts and enable us to move forward despite the difficult period we are going through.”

This year, runners and walkers will be able to take part in one or more of the six events on offer: Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km Run, 10km Walking, 10km Nordic Walking and 5km La Genevoise #LikeAGirl by Always, which this year will also be open to men. All challenges are open to wheelchair athletes. Each individual challenge can be run on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in May, at the times proposed by the organisation and in accordance with the health regulations in force on the day of the event.

In order to avoid any road closures, new routes have been created, allowing participants to run or walk in complete safety along the banks and to enjoy a continuous view of the magnificent Jet d’Eau. The start for each challenge will be from the Jardin Anglais on Thursdays and Fridays from 6:00am and on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00am. The cut-off time for the last arrivals will be at 8:00pm on all the four days at the same place.

This adapted edition will offer participants the opportunity to complete an individual challenge while benefiting from all the aspects of a real competition - not least the pleasure of participating in a sporting event and the chance to wear a finishers’ medal.

Benefits include:

  • A runner’s pack including: a personalised bib number, a Compressport technical T-shirt, a finisher’s certificate and medal, several partner gifts and participation in a tombola allowing participants to win many prizes including watches from a famous Swiss watchmaker.
  • A sporting experience including: officially measured routes, timing, rankings and prizes for scratch and by category, gpx track available for download, information and advice before and after the race and the possibility to register for the team challenge.

Participants can register today for one or more of the competitions through the website: https://www.harmonygenevemarathon.com/en

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