Run for UNICEF

UNICEF is official charity partner of the SwissCityMarathon – Lucerne. There are a number of different ways in which runners can get involved in support of the United Nations children’s charity. Spectators are also welcome to support the UNICEF's aid program!

The 2021 project

The donations from the SwissCityMarathon - Lucerne 2021 will go to "Kangaroo Mother Care", a UNICEF project for better chances of survival for premature and newborn babies in Nepal.

In Nepal, 10,400 babies die every year after being underweight at birth. Early, continuous skin-to-skin contact can massively improve their chances of survival. Thus, UNICEF supports implementing the approach known as “Kangaroo Mother Care” in underprivileged regions.

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CityRun for UNICEF

At the center of the fundraiser is the CityRun for UNICEF. Runners can register in a separate category - the "CityRun for UNICEF". There is no ranking in this category - the times are listed alphabetically.

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CityRun for UNICEF

SwissCityMarathon – Lucerne CityRun for UNICEF
SwissCityMarathon – Lucerne CityRun for UNICEF

«UNICEF Mile supported by MSD»

A highlight of the various donation opportunities will be the «UNICEF Mile supported by MSD», which is made possible by MSD Switzerland. MSD Merck Sharp & Dohme AG is a research-based biopharmaceutical company with headquarters in Lucerne. MSD will donate an amount to UNICEF for every runner who completes the UNICEF Mile.

All runners who complete their CityRun, half marathon or marathon can run the UNICEF Mile (integrated into the course) for a good cause. For every runner MSD will hand over an amount to UNICEF and thus make an important contribution to support the children's relief organization. 

Impressions from the «UNICEF Mile supported by MSD»
©Luciano Miglionico

Further donation possibilities

  • Donation at the online registration

    Donations to the SwissCityMarathon - Lucerne are very easy to make when you register online. Participants have the opportunity to donate CHF 2, CHF 5, CHF 10, CHF 20, CHF 50, CHF 100 to UNICEF Switzerland during the registration process.

  • Classic - Donations to donation account

    Everyone can also make a classic donation: By paying any amount of money into our donation account.

    Bank: Valiant Bank Luzern
    Account owner: Verein SwissCityMarathon - Lucerne, 6006 Luzern
    IBAN: CH37 0630 0016 9636 7140 8
    BC-Nummer: 6300
    SWIFT-Adresse: VABECH22XXX
    Remark: Spende


2019: 40,000 francs to UNICEF Switzerland

The SwissCityMarathon again collected donations for UNICEF Switzerland. As in the previous year, all runners were invited to run another symbolic mile free of charge at the end of their run. As Charity Supporting Partner of the SwissCityMarathon, MSD Switzerland donated a contribution to UNICEF for every runner who completed the extra mile. The UNICEF Extra Mile donation amounts was CHF 20,000. The SwissCityMarathon handed over a second donation of CHF 20,000 to UNICEF Switzerland. This amount is made up of donations for the online registration, the charity starting places and the 10K for UNICEF.

In 2019, the UNICEF project for babies and mothers in Tajikistan was supported. Thanks to the contribution, the water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructure of 18 maternities could be improved and rehabilitated. Around 70,000 mothers, children and workers benefit from this improvement.

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Former supported projects

2020: UNICEF "Kangaroo Mother Care in Nepal"
2019: UNICEF "Support of babies and their mothers in Tajikistan"
2018: UNICEF "Hunger crisis in Southern Sudan"
2017: "LZ Weihnachtsaktion" foundation
2016: "Make A Wish" foundation Switzerland
2015: "SOS children's village" foundation Switzerland
2014: "Kind und Familie (KiFa)" foundation Switzerland

The SwissCityMarathon thanks everyone for their valuable commitment and donation.