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Jungfrau Marathon to host WMRA long distance challenge

For the second time since 2007, the Jungfrau Marathon in the Bernese Oberland area of the Swiss Alps will host the WMRA World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge.

The Jungfrau Marathon is one of the best known mountain marathons in the world, in full view of the famous Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountains.

The women’s contest will be held on Friday 8 September and the men’s the following day.

On Saturday all the women categories as well as the men categories M50 to M70 will start for the race. On Sunday the men categories M20, M40 and M45 will start for the race. The starting time for both marathons (Saturday and Sunday) will be 9 am.

In all, 8200 runners from 70 countries will participate.

The men’s favorites are Markus Hohenwarter (winner 2011), Marco de Gasperi (winner 2010), Mitija Kosovelj (defending world challange), and the strong Kenyan, Ethiopian and USA teams.

The women's favorites are Aline Camboulives (winner 2011), Jasmin Nunige (SUI) and the strong team from the USA.

The Jungfrau and the world famous panorama have made this event a marathon of superlatives, a cult race and the alpine equivalent of the New York event. All participants can run with a complete view of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.

Along the way the scenery keeps changing: The emerald Lake of Brienz contrasts with the icy mountain giants of the region, the sheer rock faces in the Lauterbrunnen Valley with the bubbling waters of the Lütschine and the gnarled stone pines below the Wengernalp with the eternal ice of the majestic Silberhorn.

Highlights will be the opening and award ceremonies, performances from DJ Ötzi Saturday and Sunday as well as two extra shows of the William Tell Open-Air Theatre.