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Old 07.10.2015, 13:33
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Swiss City Marathon

Hey guys,

Is someone attending Swiss City Marathon in oct. 25th?
I am racing the half marathon...and trainning in Uster...!

I would like to know more people that are running this or other races... is there any other you would recommend me to do? I don't like much offroad running..so...!

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Old 07.10.2015, 14:19
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Re: Swiss City Marathon

Run round the lake

Luzern has its good and bad parts. It is scenic, well supported and the end if quite cool. It is tougher for marathon runners (see below). The 2 hills are mentally tough but once you are on your way back it flows nicely

Have you clocked over 20km yet?

EDIT for the marathon:
it is a 2 lap marathon which can hurt as you leave past the KongressHalle for the second time (the first section from halfway to there is quite nice as you get plenty of support from the 1/2 marathon finishers). From there until you can feel yourself heading back in it can be tough - there are a couple of hills that you know are coming and you dread.
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Old 07.10.2015, 14:22
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Re: Swiss City Marathon

Hey, good call...I have no idea what to expect for the weather.

I will do just Half Marathon... I have done 4 halfs in my life, this is my 5th, and next year I intendo to do my full marathon!

The hills seems to be more long, than high...! :/
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Re: Swiss City Marathon

Learn to love the trails:
From USTER station head east along the tracks along freiestrasse - then just before you reach the Aathal you can head up Haldenweg onto the ridge - head to Gutenswil and then Kindhausen before dropping back down again via Hegnau and Schwerzenbach to the lake - then up over Wildsbergstrasse from Greifensee itself to Uster.

Alternatively the hills between you and Wetzikon can be worth running.

The only way to build hill running strength is to run hills.
A good exercise is run up a continous fairly steep hill 50 strides - then back down; run up 100 strides - back down; Repeat to 200 then repeat down to 50 again. 50-100-150-200-150-100-50. The rest and repeat.
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Re: Swiss City Marathon

Hi

A late reply but I am doing the Half Marathon. I did it last year, it was great. So organised (thats a suprise? ) You pick your number up the day before and even get free food. There is a kiosk where you can get a wristband to show pacing for the time you want.. and pacemakers they will see you right. You get to run with the city and some country, and the transport museum Plenty of support and music around the course.

Last weekend was the Hallwilerseelauf which is another good half marathon around the lake. There are also a few city runs such as http://www.luzernerstadtlauf.ch/

http://www.stadtlauf.ch/

I have never done these but have done another run along river Aare. I enjoy the country.

Anyhow enjoy the race

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Re: Swiss City Marathon

That's great Ian!
I am pretty surprised already with the organisation also.
A month ago when I did the registration, it wasn't like WOW...but then I was getting all the infos and now the App, I received my number today...and I will buy my train ticket also this week...!

I am pretty excited... I wish you a really good run!
I will check other ones also... thanks for the advice!
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Re: Swiss City Marathon

I personally love the morning boat ride over the lake to the Verkehrshous for the start. Its really a nice run but check out the weather carefully, the year I did it, it was raining (not just a bit but really raining) the whole way through and year before it snowed. But maybe that makes it even more special when you cross the finish line. Will be there this year too. Enjoy the run!
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Old 16.10.2015, 15:01
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Re: Swiss City Marathon

I did the full Marathon last year, it's typically (i.e. Swiss) well organised, the route is ok.

I agree with everything Dodgyken said. The half is one lap, the full is two, and two lap marathons I can find a bit demoralising in a way, although as you get to the end at least you know whats left. The finisher shirt was a bit on the small side. It's really cool to run through the KKL building though!!

I'd say the route is fairly tough for a so called flat course. Not quite as tough as Lausanne, which is held on the same day.

I'll run Lausanne again this year instead, because I like the route more (its an out and in route to Vevey and back) and the scenery can be stunning, though it's also a tough course somehow.

Agree also with the sentiments to check the weather, and if it's cold, bring something disposable to the start line to keep you warm.
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Re: Swiss City Marathon

I was in doubt in doing Lausanne or Luzern...I will do Lausanne next year..
Well I am only running the half, I hope I do my first full next year but I am still scared to commit with it lol.

I remember in Toronto last year when I ran the half We were able to throw away a warm pullover or so in the start line, so we would not feel so cold in the starting area while waiting.... do you think this is possible in Luzern?

They say they donate the things they find along the course in Toronto...I think it might be the same here...

Anyway, I wisch you a good run in Lausanne!
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Re: Swiss City Marathon

I'm doing the 5 mile run, but I'm in a very bad shape: I hope to be able to get to the end

I should have ran with a friend (from Uster too, curiously), but he had to give up his participation a week ago
Still, I've never seen Luzern

About the donations: on the flyer it's written that at the start you'll be able to throw away items which will be donated
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Old 16.10.2015, 23:24
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Re: Swiss City Marathon

Oh good, I neve saw ths flyer before, really helpful!

I am sure you will make it! Just pace yourself and drink water ahah
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Old 17.10.2015, 13:57
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Re: Swiss City Marathon

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I was in doubt in doing Lausanne or Luzern...I will do Lausanne next year..
Well I am only running the half, I hope I do my first full next year but I am still scared to commit with it lol.

I remember in Toronto last year when I ran the half We were able to throw away a warm pullover or so in the start line, so we would not feel so cold in the starting area while waiting.... do you think this is possible in Luzern?

They say they donate the things they find along the course in Toronto...I think it might be the same here...

Anyway, I wisch you a good run in Lausanne!

Yes you can dispose of a pullover at every race no problem, lots of people do it.

Thanks, I'm looking forward to Lausanne, it's special - Good luck with yours.

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Re: Swiss City Marathon

It does say on the checklist on the website about old pullover... but cant remember from last time.

Anyhow if you have a specific time that is near one of the pacemaker times then find their balloon and stick with them. They know how to pace up and down the hills.

And I hope for clear weather for both Lucerne and Lausanne. Run Well!
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Re: Swiss City Marathon

It has been amazing
I managed to complete the run at 43 minutes (I forecasted to stay around 50 minutes, so I also chose the wrong starting group...)
Street bands everywhere, the people cheering on us, the entrance at the Museum of Transports... Would do it again!
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Re: Swiss City Marathon

Weather and conditions in Lausanne were fantastic, as was the scenery (as usual!) and crowd support.

A great marathon, second half rather tough due to continuous rolling hills.
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Re: Swiss City Marathon

Woww, it was so amazing...I am still loving it lol.

I finisched in 2:24:06 the Half...it was may best time and the most hilly half I have done...my 5th.
I am so happy!
Everything so organized and nice people.
I enjoyed it so much, people all around...I just thought they were a little shy...but then I tryed to cheer with them and they were all calling my name...so amazing! <3

I hope I can do again next year! <3

When is your next one? I want to do some 10k or 21k this year still...I hope I survive the cold ahah!
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Old 27.10.2015, 17:46
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Have a look at the Silvesterlauf in Zurich - mid December and a great Christmas atmosphere
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Re: Swiss City Marathon

and well done on a great result!


Luzern did not strike me as too hilly last year, but they did hurt on the second lap!
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Re: Swiss City Marathon

Felt the weather at Lucerne was great too.. for running. This year I could see the mountains which made me smile. Anyhow good to hear that you all enjoyed Lucerne and Lausanne
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