With us you run safely

This year's circumstances present us with great challenges. But we are doing everything we can to hold a safe and unique running event on October 31, 2021. In order to be able to guarantee this, some things have to be different this year.

The detailed concept was presented in a live broadcast on 23.06.2021.


Schedule of the SwissCityMarathon - Lucerne 2021

  • 1. registration

    As in previous years, registration takes place via our registration platform

    You can choose between the marathon, half marathon or the CityRun (NEW) distance. 

    The following information will be given:

    • Start slot
    • T-Shirt size (subject to availability)
    • Shipping or collection of the start package. For the shipping to the deposited address CHF 12.- shipping costs will be charged.

    The number of participants per slot is limited. First come, first served.

    Here you can check how many places are still available per slot: Starting slots, available slots

    The registration will be confirmed and a check-in and boarding time will be assigned.

    Registration closes on October 15, 2021, for groups already on September 26, 2021.

    Start number transfer to another person is not possible this year for contact tracing reasons.

  • 2. start package

    The race number, the finisher shirt, a bag for the clothes drop-off, goodies from our partners etc. will be provided in a start package before the event. 

    When registering, you can choose between delivery or pick-up of the package.

    By choosing the delivery option, everything will be conveniently sent to the specified address by mail within Switzerland by October 25.

    The pick-up option requires a personal pick-up at the Hotel Schweizerhof, Lucerne. The following time slots are available. 

    • Thursday, 28.10.2021 04.00 pm – 08.00 pm
    • Friday, 29.10.2021 04.00 pm – 08.00 pm
    • Saturday, 30.10.2021 10.00 am – 05.00 pm

    If the package does not arrive at the deposited address by October 26, contact the office immediately.

  • 3. reminder SMS the day before

    A reminder SMS will follow on the day before the event. CheckIn and boarding time must be observed exactly.

  • 4. arrival to Lucerne

    Travel to the SwissCityMarathon by public transport is highly recommended. Thanks to the SwissRunners ticket, runners travel within Switzerland, free of charge to Lucerne and back again after the race!

    The organizer does not offer parking for private vehicles. 

  • 5. the way to the CheckIn

    The easiest way to check in is to take the free ship shuttle from Lucerne train station (bridge 5). The shuttle boats run all day between Lucerne and the Museum of Transport station. The crossing takes about 30 minutes. 

    Alternatively, you can take the "S3" or the "Voralpenexpress (VAE)" train to the "Luzern Verkehrshaus" stop.

    On foot, the Museum of Transport can be reached from Lucerne train station by a wonderful walk along Lake Lucerne within 40min.

  • 6. CheckIn

    At the check-in the following data of the runners will be checked

    • Valid COVID-19 certificate
    • Verification of start number
    • Handing in event wristband

    Those who have passed these items will make their way to the baggage depot. 

  • 7. luggage deposit

    The baggage depot is located after the check-in at the Brüelmoos parking lot. Clothes can be handed in in the dress bag included in the start package. The start number must be noted in the designated field.

  • 8. Boarding

    Before the start of the race all runners will be checked with their race number and event wristband and then forwarded to the waiting area.

  • 9. Rolling Start

    Every two seconds a runner starts. The start is signaled by a traffic light.

    The participants start in their chosen start slot within the following start times

    08.30 to 09.15 Marathon
    09.15 to 12.00 Half Marathon
    12.45 to 13.15 CityRun

    The number of participants per slot is limited. First come, first serve.
    Here you can check how many places are still available per slot: Start slots, available slots


  • 10. the run

    The route for marathon and half marathon runners is identical to previous years. The CityRun also starts in Haldenstrasse. As with the half marathon and marathon, the course leads to the Alpenquai Cantonal School, where the CityRun will turn around.

    Refreshments in the form of water and iso-drinks (Peak Punk) will be provided on the course. The start package includes a bar for the running day. You have to bring your own food and drinks. Nutrition Info

    First aid will be provided on the course. Medical Info



  • 11. finish

    The finish for all categories is at 15:00. Runners who reach the finish after this time will not be classified. Marathon runners who reach the turnaround point after 12:00 noon must run to the finish and will be listed at the end of the marathon ranking with the half marathon time achieved.

    As usual, the finish line will be at the Swiss Museum of Transport. Runners and visitors will be separated.

    After the finish, the runners will be provided with drinks and first aid. 

    Afterwards, finish bags and medals will be collected from the self-service system and the runners will be escorted out of the Swiss Museum of Transport.

  • 12. luggage return

    Dropped off luggage can be picked up after the run in exchange for pre-times of the event wristband and bib number.

  • 13. Departure

    Full of pride and anticipation for next year, our runners can start their way home. 

    The easiest way to get to the station is to take the free shuttle boat from the Museum of Transport Lido. The shuttle boats run all day between the Verkehrshaus station and Lucerne train station. The crossing takes about 30 minutes. 

    Alternatively, the train connections of the "S3" or the "Voralpenexpress (VAE)" can be taken.

    On foot, the station can be reached within 40 minutes by a wonderful walk along Lake Lucerne.

    Thanks to the SwissRunners ticket, the runners travel free of charge within Switzerland to Lucerne by public transport and back again after the race!

More info

  • Distances 2021
  • All this is included in the entry fee
    • Free arrival by public transport from all over Switzerland!
    • Free ship shuttle for runners
    • Starting place, personalized start number + access to the digital start bag
    • Timing, timing chip, ranking list on the internet
    • Medical service
    • Luggage depot
    • High quality finisher gift
    • Free SMS service, certificate for download

    *(subject to change)

    The association SwissCityMarathon - Lucerne is registered under the number CHE-112.487.804 VAT in the VAT register and has voluntarily opted for the entry fees. The entry fees include 2.5 % VAT.

  • Our protection concept

    With the support of Manchester Metropolitan University, we simulated the processes of our event and developed a protection concept based on the findings. The following are the most important points. (Status June 8, 2021)

    • Implementation of the protection measures in force in the fall (distance rules, mask requirement, contact tracing, access restrictions with COVID-19 certificate etc.)
    • Rolling start: The runners start individually every 2 seconds within a 3.5 hour time window. A maximum of 33 runners per minute will start the race. According to the simulations, this ensures that the participants always have a distance of four meters to other runners. 
    • In order to guarantee the contact tracing, short-term start number transfers are not possible this year.
    • No checkrooms and showers, but luggage depot at the parking lot Brüelmoos.
    • Reduced offer of catering on the course and at the finish. 
    • Reduced participation limit
    • Delivery / dispatch of start numbers and finisher gifts in advance.




  • The COVID-19 certificate and the GGG scheme briefly explained

    (Status July 26, 2021)

    We currently assume that only runners with a COVID-19 certificate can participate in the SwissCityMarathon - Lucerne 2021. In order to receive such a certificate one must be vaccinated, recovered or tested. The Covid-certificate is only valid for the check of your personal data together with an official identification (ID, driving license) and the start number and has to be shown at the check-in. For the certificate check we recommend the official app (download link), but it is also possible to bring the proof with the QR code in paper form.

    A negative antigen rapid test is free of charge and valid for 48 hours. The PCR test, which is subject to a fee, is valid for 72 hours. It should be noted that the test center can issue the certificate.
    Recommendation: book test appointment in time (pharmacies, drugstores, test centers).

    Where can testing take place?

    Covid Test Point Messe Luzern

    Luzerner Kantonsspital

    Toppharm Dr.Schmid’s See-Apotheke, Luzern

    Permanence Bahnhof Luzern

    Horwerstrasse 87, 6005 Luzern Spitalstrasse, Luzern Kapellplatz 10, 6004 Luzern Robert-Zünd-Strasse 2,
    6005 Luzern
    with or without pre-registratio with online pre-registration with online pre-registration without pre-registration

    Monday to Sunday
    08.00 – 19.00

    Monday to Sunday Monday to Satuarday Monday to Sunday
    07.00 – 23.00
    Info and registration Info and registration

    Info and registration

    Info and registration 

    Overview of all test offers Canton Lucerne

    As of today the SwissCityMarathon - Lucerne itself does not offer any test station on site.

    If your Covid disease is not more than 180 days old and has been confirmed by a PCR test, you can order a Covid certificate from your canton of residence. It is valid for 180 days after the 11th day of the positive test result.

    Double vaccination with a vaccine approved in Switzerland.

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