The marathon is the ultimate discipline at the SwissCityMarathon – Lucerne, which makes the event a highlight for runners from all over the world. The SwissCityMarathon – Lucerne is THE Marathon in Switzerland, which always takes place always on the last Sunday in October.

The start of the marathon is in the Haldenstrasse, Lucerne. Over the 42.195 kilometres, the route passes numerous Lucerne sightseeting highlights, takes you to the village of Horw and back to the city of Lucerne.

On the occasion of the SwissCityMarathon - Lucerne 2021 the Swiss Marathon Masters Championships 2021 will take place. These will be held on behalf of Swiss Athletics according to the competition regulations of the SwissCityMarathon - Lucerne.


Lucerne, 31. October 2021

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Goodies for marathon participants

Finisher-Shirt 2021


With this year's start package (shipping or pick-up), all marathon runners will receive the ASICS finisher shirt in advance. The shirt is made of 100% recycled material!

SwissCityMarathon – Lucerne Medaille 2021


For marathon participants the finisher-medal is with a gold band and included in the entry fee. The finisher-medal will be handed over to you directly after the finish line.

SwissCityMarathon - Lucerne Süsse Überraschung

A sweet surprise after 42K

Thanks to our cooperation with Bachmann Confiserie, all marathon finishers can expect a sweet surprise at the finish.
The suprise will be handed over directly after the finish line.

SwissCityMarathon - Lucerne Sieger Uhren

BUCHERER WATCH for winners

The winner of the marathon category (women & men) will receive a luxury watch from Bucherer. In the same category, two more watches will be raffled at random, a ladies' and a men's watch for the so called Lucky Winners.

SwissCityMarathon – Lucerne digitaler Startsack

Digital Starterbag

The digital starterbag offers you informations, exciting promotions and great competitions in the form of so-called "coupons" (vouchers).

You will receive your personal access to the digital starterbag by mail.

Digital starterbag

SwissCityMarathon – Lucerne Zieleinlauf

Separate finish lane for marathon runners

Also in 2021, the last meters to the finish will provide a separate golden lane for the marathon participants. This way, the marathon participants can enjoy the finish even more and let themselves be celebrated!

All important information about the marathon

  • This is how it works in 2021

    This year it is a bit different. How exactly the SwissCityMarathon - Lucerne 2021 will take place you can find here.

  • Categories Marathon

    A start at the marathon is possible from the age of 18. Following you can find an overview of the categories.

    In the category without ranking your time is measured, but the list in the ranking list is alphabetical.

    Age Years 2021 Categories Women Categories Men
    18 – 19 years 2003 – 2002 31. U20W 11. U20M
    20 – 29 years 2001 – 1992 32. W20 12. M20
    30 – 34 years 1991 – 1987 33. W30 13. M30
    35 – 39 years 1986 – 1982 34. W35 * 14. M35 *
    40 – 44 years 1981 – 1977 35. W40 * 15. M40 *
    45 – 49 years 1976 – 1972 36. W45 * 16. M45 *
    50 – 54 years 1971 – 1967 37. W50 * 17. M50 *
    55 – 59 years 1966 – 1962 38. W55 * 18. M55 *
    60 – 64 years 1961 – 1957 39. W60 * 19. M60 *
    65 – 69 years 1956 – 1952 40. W65 * 20. M65 *
    70 – 74 years 1951 – 1947 41. W70 * 21. M70 *
    75 years and older 1946 and older 42. W75 * 22. M75 *
    without ranking 2003 and older 26. alphabetically 26. alphabetically

    *Swiss Marathon Masters Championships 2021

  • Registration fee Marathon

    Benefit from a cheaper registration fee if you register in time.

    Registration until 30.09.2021 Registration from 01.10.2021
    CHF 125.00 CHF 145.00

    The additional costs for registrations with payment by invoice is CHF 2.00 per registration. 

  • Up-/Downgrade or cancellation

    More information about the Up-/Downgrade or cancellation you find on


  • 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.

  • Security Instructions

    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.


The course is a circuit in the length of a half marathon, which is completed in two rounds. The start and finish is situated 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 unique finish at the Swiss Museum of Transport.

Course map