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.

Lucerne, 29. October 2023

Marathon –

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All important information about the marathon

  • 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 2023 Categories Women Categories Men
    18 – 19 years 2005 – 2004 31. U20W 11. U20M
    20 – 29 years 2003 – 1994 32. W20 12. M20
    30 – 34 years 1993 – 1987 33. W30 13. M30
    35 – 39 years 1988 – 1984 34. W35  14. M35 
    40 – 44 years 1983 – 1979 35. W40  15. M40 
    45 – 49 years 1978 – 1974 36. W45  16. M45 
    50 – 54 years 1973 – 1969 37. W50  17. M50 
    55 – 59 years 1968 – 1964 38. W55  18. M55 
    60 – 64 years 1963 – 1959 39. W60  19. M60 
    65 – 69 years 1958 – 1954 40. W65  20. M65 
    70 – 74 years 1953 – 1947 41. W70  21. M70 
    75 years and older 1946 and older 42. W75  22. M75 
    without ranking 2005 and older 26. alphabetically 26. alphabetically
  • Starting times Marathon

    When registering, specify the start slot according to your realistic target time. To qualify for the performance slot, proof of an official result in the last three years is required.

    Starting time Limit Pacemaker


    Women < 03:30h
    Men < 03:00h
    08.32  03:15h / 03:30h
    08.34  03:40h / 03:50h
    08.36  04:00h / 04:15h
    08.38  04:30h / 04:45h
    08.40  05:00h


  • Qualification times Performance Start slot

    Ambitious runners have the opportunity to start in the exclusive Performance Block by submitting an official performance certificate. This guarantees the characteristic race atmosphere as well as exciting duels for the placings. So if you think you have a chance of winning, you should definitely start in the Performance Block. Proof of performance is an official ranking at an event within the last 3 years in the given qualification time. This proof must be uploaded during registration.

    Performance Block Valid qualification times from the following competitions
      Marathon Halfmarathon 10K
    Woman: runtime < 03:30 < 03:30 < 01:40 < 00:45
    Man: runtime < 03:00 < 03:00 < 01:30 < 00:40
  • Registration fee Marathon

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

    Registration fee Marathon

  • Up-/Downgrade or cancellation

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


  • This is included in the registration fee
    • Free public transport within Switzerland (SwissRunners Ticket)!
    • Free shuttle boat to the start and finish area for runners and spectators
    • Start permission, personalized starting number + access to the digital starterbag
    • Memorial medal
    • 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 / race number and Finisher-Shirt

    Pick up Friday / Saturday 
    At the Marathon Expo in the Hotel Schweizerhof you can pick up your race number and your finisher shirt by showing your registration confirmation or your race card. 

    Alternatively, you can have your race number sent to you by mail (shipping only in Switzerland and Liechtenstein). We offer foreign guests the possibility to pick up their start number on Sunday morning at the Museum of Transport (only on presentation of the start card). You can then pick up your finisher shirt after crossing the finish line by handing in the voucher on your race number. We recommend to pick up your starting documents and the finisher shirt already on Friday or Saturday at the Marathon Expo. 

    Important: The starterguide will be sent to you by e-mail in mid-October and can be conveniently presented on your smartphone or tablet. A printout is not necessary. Together, we can avoid over 20,000 printouts and make another ecologically valuable contribution.

  • Start and finish

    The start for the marathon (as well as the half-marathon) is located in Haldenstrasse a few metres from the Swiss Museum of Transport (Lidostrasse 5, 6006 Lucerne). 

    The finish for all is in the Swiss Museum of Transport (Lidostrasse 5, 6006 Lucerne).

  • Finish closing time

    The finish is closing at 3.00 pm for marathon runners.

    Runners who do not cross the finish line within the time limit will not be classified. Marathon runners who pass the turning point after 12.00 am have to cross the finish line. They will be listet at the end of the halfmarathon ranking with their finished time. 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.

  • Victory ceremonies

    Marathon: 12.00 pm (finish arena Swiss Museum of Transport)

    Only overall winners will be awarded on stage.
    All other prizes will be sent by post after the event.

    The award ceremonies will take place in the finish area, please note the speaker announcements.

  • 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 


Goodies for marathon participants


All finishers will receive a finisher shirt from our official partner Salomon. This is a high quality product that can be worn permanently and therefore gives long pleasure.


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 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.

Timing Partner Bucherer

SwissCityMarathon – Lucerne digitaler Startsack

Digital Goodiebag

The digital goodiebag 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 goodiebag by mail.

Digital goodiebag

SwissCityMarathon – Lucerne Zieleinlauf

Separate finish lane for marathon runners

A separate, golden lane is available for the marathon participants. This way, the marathon participants can enjoy the finish even more and let themselves be celebrated!