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Press Release 3/2017

More than 1.800 runners took part in the IWB Basel Marathon this weekend as the popular event returned for its eighth edition. The stunning new course and improved event village at the Marktplatz, along with other technical improvements impressed participants and attracted more spectators than ever. Around 4.500 spectators cheered along the course.  

For the 2017 IWB Basel Marathon, the organizers, IMG and LSVB, had decided to focus more on the  team categories  due to the increasing demand of participants wanting to take part. Teams of six runners were invited to take on either the half marathon (21km) or the full marathon distance (42km), while the individual runners could complete either the half marathon or 10km distance.

With perfect running conditions for the event, the athletes were cheered-on the entire length of the new course, through the Old Town and along the Rhine by huge numbers of spectators. The transition zone, with its new position on the market square, encapsulated a stadium-like atmosphere with many enthusiastic spectators and fans supporting the athletes throughout the day.

As well as an electric atmosphere and a great sense of the teams’ shared experience at the IWB Basel Marathon this year, there were also winners. In the King’s discipline, the team marathon (Ekiden), team Basel Running Club BRC (men), LSVB Frauenmannschaft 1 (women) and the Basel Running Club BRC (mixed) took first places. Alicia Moser and Neil Burton won the Half-Marathon, while Melanie Mauerer and Kai Zähringer took the win in the 10k run.

The IWB Basel Marathon is organized by the local running club, LSVB, in cooperation with event organizer IMG. The Basler energy supply company IWB is the title sponsor of the event. The next edition of the event will take place in September 2018.

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Press Release 2/2017

One week to go until the IWB Basel Marathon

At 9:00am on Sunday 24 September, the first wave of the 8th IWB Basel Marathon will cross the start line. The all-new course, beginning and finishing in the Marktplatz, promises a beautiful route, perfect for participants and spectators alike.

The IWB Basel Marathon gives teams the opportunity to complete either a half marathon (21km) or a full marathon (42km) distance; or for those who like to go it alone, single runners can showcase their perseverance by taking on either a 10km or half marathon route, whilst taking in the stunning scenery of the old town and the Rhine.

The scenic new course starts in the Marktplatz before heading down through the Freistrasse, via Wettsteinbrücke, then across the Rhine to the Kleinbasel, through Kartausgasse, before returning via Mittlere Rheinbrucke back to the Marktplatz.

All spectators and supporters are welcome to come and soak up the atmosphere at the Marktplatz, which will be transformed into a sporting and social hotspot. Food stalls, music, drinks and entertainment, will mean runners and spectators can celebrate their achievements in style.

There are still places available for runners in all distances; to guarantee your place register via the website:

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Press Release 1/2017

IWB Basel Marathon returns on 24 September 2017

Runners will enjoy a new event format and village

BASEL (25 April 2017) –The IWB Basel Marathon returns for its eighth edition on 24 September 2017 with an exciting new format. For the first time, runners can take on the half marathon as a team as well as the full marathon, while individual runners can still choose to test themselves with the 10km option or the half marathon.

This year’s event will be the most attractive race to date for both spectators and runners alike. The course will have the most stunning of backdrops with a route concentrated on Basel’s historic inner city. The start, transition zones and finish area for all categories will be moved to the Marktplatz – one of the city’s most beautiful and prominent locations. The course will run from the Marktplatz over the Freie Straße, the Wettsteinbrücke, the Kartausgasse and Mittlere Rheinbrücke, before finishing back at the Marktplatz.

Spectators will be able to enjoy a great view of the start, transition zone and finish area, from a large event village that has been created in the Marktplatz. This new area will be the main event hub, creating the perfect atmosphere for runners and a great cheering point as they take part.

This year also sees the launch of a new website that will host all of the key event information, including an overview of the exciting new features.

The IWB Basel Marathon will officially start at 9 am on 24 September. Tickets can be purchased at

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Press Release 1/2017