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This Saturday and Sunday (May 7-8) is all about running in Geneva. The Harmony Geneva Marathon for UNICEF is not only hosting a world-class marathon but organizing junior races from 1-5 km, a 10k run and walk, a semi-marathon, a relay marathon and coolest of all, a semi-marathon for wheelchair participants.


Photo courtesy of Geneva Marathon.

As a biased spectator whose house the marathon passes, this is a gorgeous run if you’re not gasping for air, nauseated or too exhausted to notice. Saturday’s races begin at 16:00 while Sunday’s races begin early at 8:30am. Traffic will indeed be disrupted since the races appropriately finish on the Mont Blanc bridge. For more information click here.

Geneva Marathon junior race

Photo courtesy of Geneva Marathon

The races seem to be open for registration until May 4 if you want to sign up here. All the proceeds go to UNICEF’s water projects in Africa. If you aren’t up for running, but want to join the organizers, volunteers are needed to help direct runners, man the food and drink stations, transport runners’ bags and help clean up afterwards.

Geneva Marathon women

Photo courtesy of Geneva Marathon.

I’ll be out on my bike cheering on my daughter doing her first ever semi-marathon. I might bring the drum or goat bells, too. I know it’s a bit over the top for some in Calvin’s city but a little bit of noise and crazy adds to the energy of the event.

We are a group of international women living in Geneva, Switzerland.  If you would like to join the AIWC, please visit our website at http://www.aiwcgeneva.org/