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.

20 YEARS Neujahrsmarathon Zürich

We have exciting news to announce! Vimazi, previously a category sponsor of our marathon, has decided to deepen its commitment and is now the proud main sponsor of the Neujahrsmarathon Zürich! This partnership not only means significant support for our race, but also an exciting development for all running enthusiasts.
But that's not all - we have more to report! In May 2024, Vimazi Europe GmbH opened the world's first concept store in Affoltern am Albis at Zürichstrasse 78. This store is not just a place to sell running shoes, but a true competence center for everything to do with running. Here you can not only test the latest models from Vimazi, but also take part in courses and information events to expand your running knowledge and improve your performance. The location is central and only 5 minutes from the train station, with 5 free parking spaces right outside the door.
We are particularly pleased that this collaboration is taking place just in time for our 20th anniversary! A milestone for our marathon that has only been made possible by the support of our fantastic running community.

We would also like to announce that there will be a change in the presidency of the Neujahrsmarathon Zürich from 2025. Tamara Schläpfer will take over the position of President! After three successful years, Jamie Vrijhof-Droese will remain in the OC for another year to ensure a seamless handover and to support Tamara in the best possible way. Jamie is stepping down due to career changes and is delighted to be her successor. Tamara has been a long-time supporter of the event and is already a member of the OC. We are convinced that she will fill the position with joy, competence and passion.


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!



  • 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.