Half marathon

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.

Lucerne, 27 October 2019

SwissCity Marathon - Lucerne

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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.

course map Altitude profileflight over the course


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.



  • Categories half marathon

    A start at the half marathon is possible from the age of 16.
    The half marathon has a participant limit of 7,000 runners.
    In the category without ranking your time is measured, but the list in the ranking list is alphabetical.

    Age Years 2019 Categories Women Categories Men
    16 - 19 years 2003 - 2000 71: U20W 51: U20M
    20 - 29 years 1999 - 1990 72: W20 52: M20
    30 - 34 years 1989 - 1985 73: W30 53: M30
    35 - 39 years 1984 - 1980 74: W35 54: M35
    40 - 44 years 1979 - 1975 75: W40 55: M40
    45 - 49 years 1974 - 1970 76: W45 56: M45
    50 - 54 years 1969 - 1965 77: W50 57: M50
    55 - 59 years 1964 - 1960 78: W55 58: M55
    60 - 64 years 1959 - 1955 79: W60 59: M60
    65 - 69 years 1954 - 1950 80: W65 60: M65
    70 - 74 years 1949 - 1945 81: W70 61: M70
    75 years and older 1944 and older 82: W75 62: M75
    without ranking 2003 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
    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 27.09.2019* Registration until 23.10.2019
    CHF 70 CHF 90

    *From 28.09.2019, registrations will only be possible online until 23.10.2019.

    Option for the medal in the half marathon + CHF 5

  • 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
    • Pacemaker
    • 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, 25.10.2019: 16.00h - 20.00h   @ Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern
    Saturday, 26.10.2019: 10.00h - 17.00h   @ Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern
    Sunday, 27.10.2019: 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 and DuoMarathon) 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).

  • 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.



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.

Finisher Shirt 2019


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.

Digital Goodie-Bag

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.

Digital Goodie-Bag