The first marathon held worldwide every year on New Year's Day
Welcome to the Neujahrsmarathon Zurich, the worldwide first held marathon every year that takes place on New Year's Eve in Zurich.
Every year our runners start into the new year with the starting pistol going off exactly at midnight so that the participants can run into the new year under a sky of fireworks. After passing the firework volcanos in front of the sports hall Unterrohr in Schlieren the runners make their way to Zurich running along the beautiful waterfront of the river Limmat for a 10.55km loop before passing the sports hall again where they will be cheered on by spectators.
This event is not only a unique opportunity to start the year in an active and healthy way but also a festive celebration that brings together runners and families from all over the world. Our marathon offers the unique opportunity for you to set a yearly world best times in your respective category that will then be confirmed by World Athletics.
But that's not all. Our event is not only a marathon, but we also have a half marathon, a quartemarathon, and a group race (relay) for those who want to participate in a team. And for our youngest runners, we have a free kids run at 10 pm, so the whole family can take part in this unforgettable experience.
After you finish your race, we have a party waiting for you. Our hall offers a fantastic DJ, food, and drinks to help you celebrate your achievement and start the New Year in style.
So, join us for the Neujahrsmarathon Zurich and make your New Year's Eve unforgettable. Come and be a part of this festive celebration of sport and community. We look forward to seeing you on the starting line. You can register here.
SUCCESSFUL EDITION OF THE 19. NEUJAHRSMARATHON ZÜRICH 2024
We are delighted and proud that almost 1,000 runners made the 19. Neujahrsmarathon Zürich an outstanding success. We are also particularly pleased that we were able to welcome participants from over 47 countries to our event!
The weather was initially dry and mild, although it had rained before the start. Some participants got wet again on the last lap, but the conditions were generally excellent. The clear sky and the view of the moon, stars and fireworks were additional rewards for the runners.
In the main discipline of the marathon, Phil Besson from Switzerland secured victory in the men's category with a time of 2:38:44. He ran at an impressive pace of 3:46 minutes per kilometer. Philipp Arnold, also from Switzerland and a regular on our podium, took second place with a time of 2:43:56 hours. Jaime Gutiérrez Vicente from Spain, who designed our medals this year, took third place in 2:54:17 hours.
In the women's race, Joanna Ryter from Switzerland set a new course record with a time of 2:56:50 hours. She ran a fantastic race and clearly set herself apart from the competition. Claudia Maria Henneken from Germany finished in second place with a time of 3:29:10 hours. Alma Stebler from Switzerland completed the podium with a finishing time of 3:42:17 hours.
Finally, we would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all the runners and volunteers who made this outstanding event possible through their participation and tireless efforts. Your commitment and enthusiasm made the 19. Neujahrsmarathon Zürich an unforgettable event for the entire running community. Thank you for your passion and support!
2024: SHORT DISTANCE AND KIDS RUN
- Quarter marathon men: Luca Vogelsang (Switzerland) in 35:19 minutes
- Quarter marathon women: Corina Ruf (Switzerland) in 42:15 minutes
- Half marathon men: Marco Fasel (Switzerland) in 1:12:53 hours
- Half marathon women: Murielle Nigro (Switzerland) in 1:28:43 hours.
- The Kids Run over 750 meters was also held in the evening program. Natalie Rütti won the girls' race in 2:50 minutes. Quentin Bellew won the boys' race in 2:47 minutes.