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 10k, and a group race 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 18TH NEW YEAR'S MARATHON ZURICH IN 2023
We are excited and proud that almost 800 finishers made the 18th edition of the New Year's Marathon Zurich a huge success. The weather was clear, dry and mild - at 5:00 a.m. we still had 11 degrees celsius - which made running conditions much easier than last year. In addition, runners were rewarded with a clear sky including views of the moon and stars. Were able to celebrate six new annual world bests!
On the major distance marathon Sergio Rodriguez Restrepo from Colombia won with 2:34:31. He finished 6 minutes and 39 seconds ahead of second placed Philipp Arnold, from Switzerland, who was last year's winner. In third place Henrik Westerlin from Denmark finished in 2:47:43.
The women's race was much less close, with the winner Joanna Ryter, from Switzerland, finishing 38 minutes and 11 seconds ahead of second place finisher Cathleen Lenk. Joanna won with a time of 3:06:04. Besides Cathleen from Germany, Mary Reeves from Great Britain completed the podium with a finishing time of 3:45:56.
2023: SHORT DISTANCE AND KIDS RUN
- Quarter marathon men: Manuel Hügli (Switzerland) in 36:38 minutes
- Quarter marathon women: Dior Langlois (Switzerland) in 46:12 minutes
- Half marathon men: Michael Kirchberger (Germany) in 1:14:15 hours
- Half marathon women: Murielle Nigro (Switzerland) in 1:28:40 hours.
- The Kids Run over 750 meters was also held in the evening program. Avania Schwarz won the girls' race in 3:10 minutes. Yohann Brülhart won the boys' race in 2:56 minutes.