Mild autumn weather brings record on and off the track

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The mild autumn weather on the 13th SwissCityMarathon - Lucerne ensured a successful running party.

10,315 running enthusiasts crossed the finish line, cheered on by at least 60,000 people along the entire route - more than ever before. Franziska Inauen from Lucerne won the women's marathon for the third time in a row. The German runner Karl-Uwe Müller won the men's race.

After rain and cold last year, this year's race day was sunny and warm. The mild autumn weather at the 13th SwissCityMarathon - Lucerne had advantages and disadvantages. The organizers draw a positive balance. "The fantastic weather made for smiling faces both on and off the course," says Managing Director Reto Schorno, pleased with the results: "The adjustments have also proved their worth, such as the relocation of the Maratholino to the pier. Various improvements in the area of traffic are also positive from the point of view of the police and fire brigade, for example the change of route in the Tribschen area. Heinz Steiner from the Lucerne police: "For us, the day went smoothly. The police and fire brigade were not called in for any emergencies".

More minor cases than in the previous year
The demand for medical care was higher than in the previous year. "We had considerably more consultations," said race doctor Dr. Konrad Birrer. "Fortunately, however, it was mainly bagatelles such as blisters, cramps or nausea. Four people had to be hospitalized temporarily, three of them were able to leave the hospital again. The increase in consultations is mainly due to the mild weather. Too little was drunk or too warm clothes were worn.

Records on and off the track
The mild autumn weather attracted more spectators than ever before. At least 60,000 people cheered on the runners along the entire course in Lucerne and Horw. The finishers also set a new record. A total of 10,315 running enthusiasts crossed the finish line. At the marathon there were 1'129 finishers, at the half marathon there were 6'201 finishers. The 10 KM had 2'320 finishers.

Marathon victory for long-distance specialist from Germany
The winner of the men's marathon overall was the German Kay-Uwe Müller from Ilshofen. He won in 2:27.04,4 and ran his personal marathon best time. The marathon in Lucerne was the 40-year-old's fourth marathon in nine weeks. "I am very happy about the victory, because I had back problems before the race and I had cramps during the run. The atmosphere at the track was a good distraction." Philipp Arnold from Cham finished third last year, this year it was enough with 2:32.53,2 for second place. With two and a half minutes behind Arnold the Japanese Akira Sakagucci from Tokyo secured third place.

Hattrick for Franziska Inauen
For the third time in a row Franziska Inauen won the women's marathon overall with 2:55.03,5 and thus clearly ahead of her competitors. All in all, it was the fourth marathon victory for the woman from Lucerne in Lucerne (2014, 2017, 2018, 2019). "Primarily I just wanted to enjoy the run. The fact that it was enough to win again is of course great". To run in her home country is very special: "I felt great support at the track and enjoyed the magic that Lucerne has". Mirjam Niederberger from Wabern finished 2nd in 2:56.30,3. Nina Högger from Grabs took 3rd place.

Solo run in the half marathon
In the men's half marathon Neil Burton from Basel won in 1:06.38,8. "I feel very good and missed my personal best time by only 10 seconds", said the Englishman after the finish. He ran the whole race alone at the top and distanced last year's winner in the marathon Elias Gemperli from Sursee by almost three minutes. Timon Amstutz from Hindelbank finished third. Melina Frei from Dübendorf won the women's race in 1:17.52,3 ahead of Flavia Stutz from Ufhusen. Barbara Jurt from Beckenried was third as last year.

Best times at the 10K
For the 10K, the best times of the two previous years were undercut for men and women. Manuel Walss from Sursee won the men's race with a time of 31.39,2. Andrea Meier from LC Uster won the women's race with a time of 35,29,4.

40,000 francs to UNICEF Switzerland
The SwissCityMarathon again collected donations for UNICEF Switzerland. As in the previous year, all runners were invited to cover another symbolic mile free of charge at the end of their run. As Charity Supporting Partner of the SwissCityMarathon, MSD Switzerland donated a contribution to UNICEF for every runner who completed the round. The UNICEF Extra Mile donation amounts to CHF 20,000. The SwissCityMarathon was also allowed to hand over a second donation of CHF 20,000 to UNICEF Switzerland. This amount is made up of donations for the online registration, the charity starting places and the 10KM for UNICEF.

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