The half marathon is the most popular distance at the SwissCityMarathon - Lucerne with 7000 runners per year from all over Switzerland and the whole world. This makes the SwissCityMarathon the largest half marathon in Switzerland. The half marathon in Lucerne always takes place on the last sunday in October.
The course is a circuit in the length of a half marathon, with the start and finish at the Swiss Museum of Transport.
From the start, the course leads along the traditional luxury hotels of the city and the Hofkirche to the centre of Lucerne. With a view of the Kapellbrücke (chapell bridge) and the Wasserturm (water tower), you cross the main bridge of Lucerne. On the opposite side of the lake, the course passes the famous Culture and Congress Centre Lucerne (KKL). The tour continues with a view of the impressive mountain panorama of Central Switzerland along the beautiful Lake Lucerne around the Horwer Peninsula. The next highlights will follow immediately with the runs through the athmospheric zone in Horw, the modern football stadium of the FC Luzern and then the KKL Lucerne. In the last section, the picturesque old town of Lucerne is crossed before heading for the finish at the Swiss Museum of Transport.
All Information about the half marathon
- Categories half marathon
A start at the half marathon is possible from the age of 16.
In the category without ranking your time is measured, but the list in the ranking list is alphabetical.
Age Years 2020 Categories Women Categories Men 16 - 19 years 2004 - 2001 71: U20W 51: U20M 20 - 29 years 2000 - 1991 72: W20 52: M20 30 - 34 years 1990 - 1986 73: W30 53: M30 35 - 39 years 1985 - 1981 74: W35 54: M35 40 - 44 years 1980 - 1976 75: W40 55: M40 45 - 49 years 1975 - 1971 76: W45 56: M45 50 - 54 years 1970 - 1966 77: W50 57: M50 55 - 59 years 1965 - 1961 78: W55 58: M55 60 - 64 years 1960 - 1956 79: W60 59: M60 65 - 69 years 1955 - 1951 80: W65 60: M65 70 - 74 years 1950 - 1946 81: W70 61: M70 75 years and older 1945 and older 82: W75 62: M75 without ranking 2004 and older 66: alphabetically 66: alphabetically
- Starting times half marathon
Choose your starting block with your expected running time. On the day of the race you will stand in the marked blocks independently.
You don't have to enter a running time when registering.
Block nr. Starting time Expected half marathon running time 1 09:00h <01:30h 2 09:02h <01:35h 3 09:06h <01:40h 4 09:10h <01:50h 5 09:14h <01:55h 6 09:18h <02:00h 7 09:22h <02:00h 8 09:26h <02:10h 9 09:30h >02:10h
- Registration fee half marathon
Benefit from a cheaper registration fee if you register in time.
Registration until 27.09.2020 From 28.09.2020 CHF 73 CHF 93
Option for the medal in the half marathon + CHF 5
The additional costs for registrations with payment by invoice is CHF 2.00 per registration.
- This is included in the registration fee:
- Free public transport within Switzerland (Swiss Runners Ticket)!
- Free shuttle boat to the start and finish area for runners and spectators
- Start permission, bag with the race number & further informations + Digital Goodie-Bag
- Time measurement, time datachip, ranking list online
- Nutrition stations along the course
- First aid
- Warm showers
- Wardrobe and valuables depot
- Finisher gift of high quality
- Free sms-service, free personal certificate download
- One portion of pasta or classic swiss "rösti" at the expo in the Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern
- Free admission at the "Swiss Museum of Transport" on marathon day
*(Subject to change)
The association "SwissCityMarathon - Lucerne" voluntarily opted for the VAT. The association is registered with the number CHE-112.487.804 VAT. The entry fees include the VAT of 2.5%.
- Starting documents and race number
You will receive your race number at the race number distribution (expo) upon presentation of the registration/payment confirmation or the start card, which you will receive by e-mail in mid-October. The race number distribution and Marathon Expo at the Hotel Schweizerhof will only take place on Friday and Saturday. Please allow enough time for picking up your race number. A collection on Friday or Saturday is strongly recommended.
On Sunday race number can be picked up before the race in the Swiss Museeum of Transport at latest until 8.30h am
Important : The registration confirmation or start card can be shown on the smartphone or tablet in a digital way. A printout of the start card is not necessary. Together we can avoid over 20,000 printouts and make a further, ecologically valuable contribution.
The start numbers are not sent by post you need to pick them up personally.
- Opening hours of race number distribution
Friday, 23.10.2020: 16.00h - 20.00h @ Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern
Saturday, 24.10.2020: 10.00h - 17.00h @ Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern
Sunday, 25.10.2020: 06.30h - 08.30h @ Finish area Swiss Museeum of Transport (only Marathon and Half marathon)
Find out more about the expo here.
- Start and finish
The start for the half marathon (as well as marathon) is located in Haldenstrasse a few metres from the Swiss Museum of Transport (Lidostrasse 5, 6006 Lucerne). The start is at 9 am. For the exact start times see starting times above.
The finish for all is in the Swiss Museum of Transport (Lidostrasse 5, 6006 Lucerne).
- Arrival half marathon start/finish
The easiest way is to take the free ship shuttle from Lucerne main station (bridge 5). The shuttle ships operate all day long between Lucerne and the Swiss Museum of Transport. Alternatively, you can take the train "S3" or "Voralpenexpress (VAE)" to the station "Luzern Verkehrshaus". Last but not least, the Swiss Museum of Transport can also be reached by foot from Lucerne main station within 30 minutes - taking a wonderful walk along Lake Lucerne.
Ticket with personal promo code: SBB.CH/SWISSRUNNERS
- Finish closing time
The finish is closing at 12.15 am for half marathon runners.
Runners who do not cross the finish line within the time limit will not be classified. The end of the official competition is determined by the follow-up vehicle, which is passing the kilometers on time, so that it arrives at the finish within the set time limit. Overtaken runners have to end the race and are no longer part of the official competition.
- Time measurement
The chip for the time measurement is integrated in your bib. The time chip don't have to be returned at the end of the race. The race number must be worn visibly and unfolded on the front.
- Intermediate time measurement points
Kilometer 12.5 (Horw)
- Victory ceremonies
Half marathon: 11.00 am (Finish area Swiss Museeum of Transport)
Only overall winners will be awarded on stage.
All other prizes will be sent by post after the event.
Category winners receive a free starting place for the next year, 2nd placed a 50% voucher and 3rd placed a 30% voucher.
The award ceremonies will take place in the finish area, please note the speaker announcements.
- Security Instrucitons
Instructions given by the race course personnel must be followed. Private escort of runners by all type of vehicles, especially by bicycles or inline skates, is not allowed. Also to run with a dog, a pram, etc. is not permitted. A general ban on driving applies to the whole race course except for the official vehicles of the organisers. Any short cut from the race path and other illegal aids are forbidden.
Participation in a wheelchair is not possible because of security reasons. The technical directors of the organising committee will make final decisions for disqualifications.
GOODIES 2019 FOR Half mARATHON PARTICIPANTS
FINISHER SHIRT 2019
All Marathon Finishers will receive a blue Finisher Shirt 2019.
The finisher shirt pick up is in the the finish arena in the Swiss Museeum of Transport.
This year, the steamship "City of Lucerne" will adorn the finisher medal of the SwissCityMarathon - Lucerne.
Half marathon participants can buy a finisher medal when they register via Datasport + CHF 5.-.
The Finisher Medal will be handed over directly after the finish line.
The Digital Goodie-Bag is a digital starting bag in which informations, exciting promotions and great competitions in the form of so-called "coupons" (vouchers) can be found.
You will receive your personal access to the Digital Goodie-Bag per mail.
CHANGE OF COURSE 2019
The course of the marathon and half marathon will be changed by more than 1km for the 2019 edition. In the Tribschen section the route will no longer be via Tribschenstrasse, but via Landenbergstrasse.
The route will therefore also pass the headquarters of our official partner "Emmi". Participants can look forward to special entertainment from Emmi in this section.