Marathon: 1 of 7
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Total distance run: 42.2 km
Travel time to next marathon start: 47 min
Route summary: The Harmony Geneva Marathon for Unicef is arguably one of the most picturesque city marathons in Europe and unquestionably one of the fastest. The course takes in the countryside nestled between mountains and the shore of Lake Geneva before finishing in the heart of the city in front of the famous Jet d’Eau.
Interesting fact: Albert Einstein invented the famous equation E=MC2 while he was in Switzerland.
Marathon: 2 of 7
Location: Haute-Savoi, France
Total distance run: 84.4 km
Travel time to next marathon start: 7 hrs 32 min
Route summary: With a circumference of just shy of 42 km this natural beauty was made for a marathon route. Although it’s officially an Alpine run we’ll get off lightly with just under 350 m of elevation. Runners look forward to beautiful views of turquoise water and snow capped mountains.
Interesting fact: Lake Anncey is the 3rd largest lake in France. It is known as Europe’s cleanest lake. Lake Anncey was formed 18,000 years ago at the time the largest alpine glacier melted.
Marathon: 3 of 7
Location: Lombardy, Italy
Total distance run: 126.6 km
Travel time to next marathon start: 3 hrs 35 min
Route summary: This is one of three routes that start and end at a separate location. Runners start in the small town of Bellagio and make their way south along the lake shores for 13km before climbing 800m through the hills as they make their way to the finish line the port of Como. The trade off for this gruelling run will be the beautiful scenery.
Interesting fact: Movies with scenes filmed at Lake Como include: Star Wars || James Bond, Casino Royale || Oceans 12 || A month by the lake
Marathon: 4 of 7
Total distance run: 168.8 km
Travel time to next marathon start: 55 min
Route summary: Liechtenstein country crossing kicks starts with a 10km downhill run with an elevation loss of over 1000m. Once runners make it to the base of the mountain they’ll head south toward the Swiss border before turning around and crossing the full length of the country to the northern Germany/Austrian border. This one is a definite knee pounder!
Interesting fact: Snoop Dogg once tried to rent the entire country of Liechtenstein for a video shoot, and the main reason they said no is because he didn’t give them enough notice.
Marathon: 5 of 7
Location: Vorarlberg, Austria
Total distance run: 211 km
Travel time to next marathon start: 1 hr 16 min
Route summary: Number 5 of 7 has start and finish line appropriately located in west Austrian town of Hard. Runners make their way north along the shore line of Obersee towards the German border where they’ll loop back down towards the city of Dornbirn. After Dornbirn, runners head 9km west toward the Swiss border, where they loopback for the final 6km to finish in Hard. 5 down 2 to go!
Interesting fact: Home to the Bregenzer Festspiele, a performing arts festival that features the world’s largest floating stage.
Marathon: 6 of 7
Location: Konstanz, Germany
Total distance run: 253.3 km
Travel time to next marathon start: 4 hrs 30 min
Route summary: Marathon number 6 takes place in the historic Mecca of Konstanz where traces of civilisation date back to the Stone Age. Runners will weave their though medieval architecture taking in scenic views of the lake as they head out to circle Reichenau Island before heading back to the finish line on the banks of the German border.
Interesting fact: Konstanz is home to one or more prehistoric pile-dwelling (or stilt house) settlements that are part of the Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Marathon: 7 of 7
Total distance run: 295.4 km
Travel time to next marathon start: Zero
Route summary: With plains and forests, lakes and rivers, the landscapes of Luxembourg are as charming as they are fascinating… there is simply no better way of exploring it than on foot. Running through Luxembourg, will surprise you at every turn: a picturesque village here, an ancient ruin there and incredible views that will take your breath away. The final route to run777 victory has it all!
Interesting fact: Half of Luxembourg’s workforce commutes to work in Luxembourg from another country.
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