Jungfrau Marathon
September 8, 2002
42.195km / 1,820m change in altitude
26.2 miles / 5,971ft change in altitude
Early morning before the race in front of the Kursaal Interlaken (location of race exhibits, past party etc.).
As it was early Fall there was already a little bit fog in the morning only to make the later clearing up all the more spectacular and splendid.
Start of the Sunday race. Due to the constraints (mountain trails, transportation capacity of the mountain railways) the race is usually limited to 3,500 entries on Saturday. As it was the 10th Jungfrau Marathon two races were held on Saturday and Sunday. the 7,000 entries were sold out.
Off go the runners. The Jungfrau Marathon has one of the best audiences in the world. Along the course there are thousands of supporters with cow bells, alphorns etc.
First there is a loop through Interlaken passing the start a second time. The later winner Eticha Tesfaye (Ethopia) is already alone in front.
In Zweilütschinen after about 13km.
The Lauterbrunnen Valley. The deepest glacial valley in the world.
After a loop through the Lauterbrunnen Valley the race definitively starts with the heavy uphill up to Wengen.
View from the railway to the runners having mastered the first significant climb.
Wengen, the mountain resort which annually stages one of the world famou famous Lauberhorn Alpine Downhill race (the longest downhill race in the World Cup Circus).
Leaving Wengen direction of Wengeralp
After Wengen direction Wengeralp
The Eiger North Face and Mount Moench (Mount Jungfrau would be farther to the right). UNESCO world nature heritage as backstage for a marathon! The course goes along the moraine and then to the right of the cliff.
Runners on the course (at about 37km).
Getting into the finish line.
My netto (chip technology) fishing time was 4:34:07 which brought me to 655. of 2,216 male finishers on Sunday. The winner finished in 2:53:28 (his usual marathon time is 2:10).
After the receiving of the medal.
What a glorious day. Usually the endorphin and adrenalin in my body starts to take its effect a couple of kilometer before the finish line. In the Jungfrau Marathon one is in awe about the scenery and the atmosphere from the very first meter. What an experience!