Setup inside Terminal 2 at Genève Aéroport, the event village opened its doors at 4pm this afternoon to welcome participants for the second edition of the Geneva 20km by Genève Aéroport. Runners came to collect their bibs and enjoy the activities offered by the event partners in the village.
This Sunday, over 2,200 runners will toe the start line for the second edition at 9:30am on the Quai du Mont-Blanc. The start will be given by André Schneider, CEO of Genève Aéroport, accompanied by the Lions de Genève basketball team who will wear a pink t-shirt for the occasion to support the Breast Cancer Network, the event’s Official Charity partner.
Following the first kilometres along the shores of Lake Geneva, the runners will have the unique opportunity to run through the Palais des Nations, iconic building and a symbol of the international district of Geneva.
Like Jean-Georges Nguyen, many participants were excited to live this unprecedented experience: “This is a privilege, not everyone can run through the UN, it will be nice to experience it. And this is a good training for my triathlon next spring.”
This new feature on the course also delights Lionel Tardy from France: “I read an article about it, it will be great! I don’t live far from here, I come from Annecy and I used to run half-marathons. Actually I ran the half-marathon of Geneva and I did the 20km last year as a Duo and this year I will run the Solo format.”
New also this year, the runners could choose to form a team of three runners to take on the 20km Trio. With distances being even more accessible than the Solo and Duo race formats, the 20km Trio enables everyone, beginners or experienced athletes, to take on this challenge together and spend an enjoyable moment with relatives, friends or colleagues.
Friends and colleagues at the same time, Sophie Massobre, Nicolas Equey and Mathis Perrin choose to share this experience: “At the beginning I wanted to run on my own but I convinced them to do it as a Trio”, said Nicolas.
Sophie added: “We set ourselves a challenge. This is the first time we run a relay, we will meet Mathis near the finish to cross the line together and then we will share a beer.”
Mégane Ria and Nicolas Veillard decided to take on the 20km Duo. “This is the first time we participate in this event”, said Mégane. “We take on this challenge because we’ve never run together as a Duo. We are not passionate about running but races with a goal like this one motivates us. This is a good formula for us.”
Runners who would like to participate in the event but haven’t yet purchased their entry can register at the 20km Village at Geneva Airport Terminal 2 until 7:00pm today and from 9:30am to 6:30pm tomorrow as explained by local runner David Pereira: “I should have gone on holidays tonight but finally I’ll leave on Sunday night. Last year I wanted to take part but I was ill so I really wanted to compete this year.”
He added: “On top of this we have the chance to cross the Palais des Nations, it’s a symbol for me as I live in Geneva. The course looks great, with the beginning in the city and then you run through the countryside.”
Friday October 5th – Geneva Airport Terminal 2
3pm-7pm: Bib collection and partner activities
Saturday October 6th – Geneva Airport Terminal 2
9:30am-6:30pm: Bib collection and partner activities
Sunday October 7th – Quai du Mont-Blanc
9:30am: Start of 20km, 20km Duo and 20km Trio
10:30am: Arrival of first runner
12:30pm: Arrival of last runner