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Ranking list 2014

28 years of success

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This top mountain run along the longest glacier in the Alps – the Aletsch Glacier – has been staged in Bettmeralp since 1986. The mountain run – also called the glacier run – has continuously progressed ever since. In the past, a distance of 17.5 km was covered en route to the Bettmerhorn at 2,650 metres above sea level. In 2000, after careful preparation, the distance and route were adapted to the runners’ demands. Since then the glacier run has been known as the Aletsch Half-Marathon.

As the name indicates, runners have to master a distance of exactly 21.1 km with an altitude difference of around 1,050 metres – and the race starts from 1,950 meters above sea level. The route takes runners along the line of the first UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site in the Alps, the 23-kilometre-long Aletsch Glacier.

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Though the number of runners taking part seemed to hover at around 550 before the year 2000, the number of participants reached record levels after the run was renamed the Aletsch Half-Marathon. In 2004, the number of participants passed the 1,000 mark for the first time. After 2,000 runners from 20 countries finished the run in 2011, the number rose the following year to a new record of 2,245. This meant we were gradually reaching the limits of our capacity and that is why we decided to limit the number of participants to 2,500 runners, both male and female, to ensure that the quality of the event was not adversely affected. This maximum limit stood the test and will also apply to the next run on 29 June 2014.

The decision was made with the aim of ensuring the continual evolution of the Aletsch Half-Marathon, where runners from near and far are offered a unique sporting experience amidst breathtaking natural scenery combined with outstanding organisational efficiency.

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