One of the most beautiful mountain marathons in europe. It's not a real trail or sky race, but there are plenty trail parts in this uphill race. It starts in Interlaken, a bigger city in Swiss, surrounded by a beautiful mountain scenery and near Grindelwald, where the famous Eiger Nordwand is situated.
42,2km - 1900m ascent - first half just 250m ascent
This is race has it's own rules. The first part is totally flat with less than 250m of ascent you'll run on paved roads until you've passed the halfmarathon mark in Lauterbrunnen. There are several small villiages where people make noice and cheer you up. But it is tricky to find the right pace. I did the first half in under 1:20h and this was quit a bit to fast in the end, because it was my first alpine mountain marathon. But I had no idea how to save my fuel until the finish area. I learned a lot in this race.
Problems - hiking - walking backwards uphill
I was more excited than ever before for this race. I stood in the first line with all those pro athletes and had a quick chat with Viktor Röthlin in front of the race. He told me to save my corns until the rockfield under the Eiger Northface. I ran and ran and at least I had to walk and hike. I had to walk backwards because of cramps in my legs. I have never felt this before in a race, but later I knew, I had not enough minerals. I fought with myself in this pretty nice surrounding. And as I did, you should, too. Above the rock field, there are just 3km to go until you'll reach the finish line at Kleine Scheidegg. The most beautiful (mountain marathon) finish in the world. And it's really awesome. Music, people, party. Everything for runners in the middle of mountains.