Jungfrau Marathon

Quick facts

Location Interlaken, Switzerland

Distance Marathon

Date 06 September, 2019

About Jungfrau Marathon

The Jungfrau-Marathon presents the most beautiful marathon course of the world - marvelous mountains scenery and the excellent change of the landscape between the start in Interlaken and the finish on Kleine Scheidegg. The difference in altitude of 1829 meter is a challenge for everybody. 

There is no Marathon in Europe with such great dimensions. Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau the most famous mountains peaks of the Alps loom majestically over the course! The Jungfrau Marathon is one of the most popular mountain marathons. 

The first Jungfrau Marathon was held in 1993. Approximately 3,500 runners from 35 different nations participate. The Jungfrau Marathon takes place each year in September. The 2007 edition of the competition incorporated the World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge and attracted 4200 participants from 50 countries.

Practicalities

Equipment Storage

One piece of baggage per participant, max. weight 5 kg, will be transported to the finish. Please make sure you keep strictly to the weight limit.

Maximum Time

Cut off time is 6hrs.

Timing

Each runner will receive a personally coded data chip with his or her race number. During the race, the race number must be affixed to either the chest or a race number belt.

Jungfrau Marathon Route Map

Jungfrau Marathon Route Map

Start:

Interlaken

Interlaken, Switzerland

Finish:

Kleine Scheidegg

Kleine Scheidegg, Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Difficulty

rolling

Highlights

The Jungfrau Marathon is one of the best known mountain marathons in the world, in full view of the famous Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountains in the Bernese Oberland area of the Swiss Alps. 

Overview

The 42.195-kilometre (26.219 mi) course starts in Interlaken and climbs 5,960 feet (1,823 m) in elevation to the finish at the Kleine Scheidegg. The first 10 km of the course are flat. The race begins in central Interlaken and circles around the town centre before moving east to Bönigen, where runners briefly run along the shore of Lake Brienz. The race proceeds southwards to Wilderswil at the 10 km mark. From there the course heads upward through Zweilütschinen (at 15 km) to Lauterbrunnen (at 20 km). The course loops for 5 km south of the town before returning to Lauterbrunnen and then heading eastward up the alpside. It is at this point that the race is steepest, zigzagging up the hillside and climbing 450 m in the 5 km to Wengen. The course heads southeast and relentlessly upward over the Wengernalp, turning east and then northeast beneath the Eiger toward the finish. It reaches its highest point of 7,234 feet (2,205 m) around the 40 km point, and then heads steeply downhill for the last kilometre to the finish at Kleine Scheidegg at an altitude of 2061 m.


Jungfrau Marathon Trivia

In 1989, the Jungfrau Marathon was voted the "world's most beautiful marathon" in the "Ultimate Guide to International Marathons". The book was published by American authors Dennis Craythorn and Rich Hanna The first Jungfrau Marathon was held in 1993. Approximately 3,500 runners from 35 different nations participate. The 2007 edition of the competition incorporated the World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge and attracted 4200 participants from 50 countries.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.