The Jungfrau-Marathon presents the most beautiful marathon course in 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 (6000 feet) 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!
Marathon Course Records: Men - 2003 Jonathan Wyatt (NZL) 2:49:01 Women - 2001 Marie-Luce Romanens (SUI) 3:21:03
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.
|2nd Male||3:07:21||Elazzaoui Elhousine|
|3rd Male||3:10:00||Cardona Rios Jose David|
|4th Male||3:11:30||Lachgar Chakib|
|2nd Female||3:50:52||Van Proeyen Karen|
|3rd Female||3:58:29||Eggenschwiler Petra|
|4th Female||3:59:49||Jeannier Céline|
The first 10 km of the course is 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 10km mark. From there the course heads upward through Zweilütschinen (at 15km) to Lauterbrunnen (at 20km). The course loops for 5km 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 450m in the 5km 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 around the 40km point, and then heads steeply downhill for the last kilometre to the finish at Kleine Scheidegg at an altitude of 2061m.