Friday, September 4, 2009

Jungfrau Marathon

Tomorrow Interlaken, the holiday resort located in the heart of the Swiss Alps in the Jungfrau-Region, between the Lakes of Thun and Brienz and at the foot the Eiger, the Mönch and the Jungfrau, will host again a new edition of the Jungfrau Marathon. The Race was awarded the title of "The World's Most Beautiful Marathon" by the American magazine "The Ultimate Guide to International Marathons".
4000 runners from over 50 countries and from all five continents will take part in the Race.
Starting in Interlaken at 566 metres and finishing in the Kleine Scheidegg at 2,100 metres runners must deal with a positive drop of 1,829 metres. The breathtaking scenery and the superb challenge have made this event a cult race, the alpine equivalent of the New York event. You run in full view of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau completing no ordinary marathon but a panoramic version. Along the 42.195 kilometres the scenery keeps changing. The emerald Lake Brienz contrasts with the icy giants of the Bernese Oberland, the sheer rock faces in the Lauterbrunnen Valley with the bubbling waters of the Lütschine, the gnarled stone pines below the Wengernalp with the eternal ice of the majestic Silberhorn.
The Jungfrau Marathon is supported by almost 1000 volunteers from over forty clubs in the region.