Medical information

With the registration to the SwissCityMarathon - Lucerne the runner declares to be fit and healthy, to have trained to a sufficient level for participating in the race and therefore being in good physical condition.

Recommendation of our race doctor

Our race doctor, Dr. med. K. Birrer points out three main reasons causing a severe state of exhaustion:

  • too warm clothing
  • bad pace timing
  • inadequate nutrition during the race


What is important to note?

  • Even at temperatures below 10°C, wear only one layer of a functional runner body.
  • The first 20 - 30 minutes of your race you should approach leisurely
  • Drink regularly

Dr. Konrad Birrer advises to run with only one layer of a functional runner shirt even at temperatures below 10° Celsius. There is no need to wear a jacket, a second layer or long pants. It is even advantageous to start the race feeling a bit cold, as it improves the running performance. In addition the running pace should be kept low for the first 20-30 minutes. The first few kilometers could be used as a warm up. A (too) high pace at the start may be a problem later in the race. It is recommended to drink isotonic beverages regularly up to 1 liter per hour, although these recommendations have to be adjusted depending on temperatures and personal disposition of sweating. Dr. med. K. Birrer and his team of doctors and samaritans are pleased, when runners are paying attention to these guidelines, so that less runners need medical help.

By the way: Clothes that are left at the start are collected and given to the clothing collection. So you can keep warm until just before the start and then leave your unneeded clothes at the start.

Medical advisory

The participant confirms with the registration that he/she has read the following advices: Severe exertion duing or short after any kind of fever is extremely dangerous. If you are in one of these states you must withdraw from the race. Make sure to drink enough liquids before, during and after the race. In case of feeling bad during the race, e.g. shortness of breath, dizziness, exhaustion, great pain etc., you should stop running and visit the next first aid station.

If you think to be much more physically active at the upcoming event than you are normally, please answer the following questions in this form. If you answer one of these questions with YES, you need to visit a sports physiotherapist or a doctor for a check-up. If you are between 35 and 60 years of age, a pre-check is reasonable. If you are older than 60 years, a check-up is highly recommanded.

Medical care

Along the race course there are several first aid stations at regular intervals, where a doctor or medical staff will help (see also course map for the positioning). At the finish is a medical tent, where emergencies can be treated. The medical support along the course and at the finish area is included in the entry fee. Moreover, there are ambulances ready along the course to hospitalize a runner in emergency. The transportation to the hospital and any treatments at the hospital are not included in the entry fee.

Not sure whether you can take part in the SwissCityMarathon - Lucerne without hesitation?

The following questionnaire (Physical Activity Readiness Questionaire) is intended to help you find out whether you should consult a doctor before starting a sporting activity.

PAR-Q questionnaire


With the registration the participant accepts the official rules published ba the SwissCityMarathon - Lucerne. The runner declares to be fit and healthy, to have trained to a sufficient level for participating in the race and therefore being in a good physical condition.