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 at 9.00 am 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, 31. October 2021

Marathon –

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Goodies for marathon participants

Finisher-Geschenk-Abgabe im Ziel


All Marathon finishers will receive a finisher shirt.
The finisher-shirt distribution is in the finish area in the Swiss Museeum of Transport.

Medaillen-Abgabe im Ziel


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.

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.

BUCHERER WATCH for winners

The winner of the marathon category (women and 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.

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

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 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
  • Starting times 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 Excepted marathon running time
    9.00 am <03:00h
    2 9.02 am <03:15h
    3 9.06 am <03:40h
    4 9.10 am <03:50h
    5 9.14 am <04:00h
    6 9.18 am <04:15h
    7 9.22 am <04:30h
    8 9.26 am <05:00h
    9 9.30 am <05:00h
  • 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


  • 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
    •  A sweet surprise at the finishline (only for marathonfinisher)


    *(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 the latest until 8.30 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, 29.10.2021: 4.00 – 8.00 pm   @ Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern
    Saturday, 30.10.2021: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm   @ Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern
    Sunday, 31.10.2021: 6.30 – 8.30 am   @ Finish area Swiss Museeum of Transport (only Marathon and Half marathon)

  • 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 start is at 9.00 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 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 and end the race at halfmarathon distance. 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: 12.30 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.

    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 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 ALTITUDE PROFILE  Flight over the course