You can take out cancellation insurance when registering online. If you are not able to start the Aletsch Half-Marathon despite having registered, this is the only way to get your entry fee refunded.
Important information for runners
It is important to us that you have all the information you need before you start the race. We would like to give you the answers to the questions most frequently asked by runners taking part in the Aletsch Half-Marathon in our information for runners. Here is a range of important information from A to Z.
You can obtain information on accommodation from our partner:
Aletsch Arena AG
T: +41 27 928 58 58
We recommend booking accommodation early.
In bad weather conditions when the risks are felt to be too high, the run is carried out on an alternative route.
The award ceremony will take place at the Bachtla Sports Centre at 3 p.m. Every runner that crosses the finish line will receive an award. The top three in every runner category will receive special prizes. Runners unable to personally take part in the award ceremony are not entitled to a prize.
Changing rooms / showers
Before the start, runners can use the separate changing rooms for men and women at the start line by the upper station of the Bettmeralp aerial cable car. After the race, there is a shower tent at the tennis hall in the Bachtla Sports Centre. Mirrors and hairdryers are available in the cloakrooms. The shower facility will be closed at 3 p.m.
Closing time of finish line
Participants who reach Moosfluh after 1.30 p.m. will be taken out of the race.
Finish line on the Bettmerhorn: 3 p.m. Runners arriving on the Bettmerhorn after this time will not be counted.
Dates 2021 and 2022
19 and 20 June 2021
18 and 19 June 2022
The current Swiss Olympic Doping Statute applies to this competition. Doping controls may be carried out. By participating in the competition, the runners agree to comply with the anti-doping rules of Swiss Olympic and recognise the exclusive competence of the disciplinary commission for doping cases of Swiss Olympic and also the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne to the exclusion of the ordinary courts.
The entry fee for the Aletsch Half-Marathon depends on the category you are running in.
Entry fees at a glance:
- Half-Marathon, all categories: CHF 70
- Nordic Walking: CHF 69
The entry fee includes the return journey on the gondola from the finish line on the Bettmerhorn to Bettmeralp. Your race bib counts as a ticket for a single downhill journey with the gondola. For runners that have registered for an SBB Swiss Runners Ticket, travelling on the aerial cable cars is free of charge anyway. If you do not take part in the race despite having registered, you are not entitled to a refund of the entry fee. However, it is possible to take out cancellation insurance when you register online.
Finisher shirts 2020
Every runner crossing the finish line at the Bettmerhorn will receive an attractive finisher shirt in recognition of their achievement.
A first-aid service is provided by the local Samaritan Association in Betten-Bettmeralp at the route posts and at the start and finish line. In emergencies, the nearest route marshal must be informed immediately.
First-aid posts at km 5.6, 9, 12, 14.2, 17.5, 18.4, 20, 21.1
First-aid emergency number: 144
This is located in the upper station of the Bettmeralp aerial cable car (start line).
Participants must arrange their own insurance. The organizer does not assume any liability whatsoever. For reasons of safety and fairness in sports, participants are not permitted to leave the course prescribed by the organizers.With their registration, the participants confirm that they have the required insurance and have completed the necessary training in preparation for the race. During online registration there is an option to take out cancellation insurance. Those who cannot start in the Aletsch Half-Marathon have no claim to a refund of the starting fee.
Possible if the limit for the number of participants has not yet been reached.
For lost property, please contact our partner:
Aletsch Arena AG / Infocenter Bettmeralp
T: +41 27 928 58 58
Luggage can be handed in at the basement of the goods shed (upper station of the Bettmeralp aerial cable car). Please make a note of your pallet number. The luggage will be taken to the tennis hall (Bachtla Sports Centre) and stored on the tennis court next to the cloakrooms.
Massages are offered at the Bachtla Sports Centre.
In registering for the Aletsch Half-Marathon, runners agree that films, photos and interviews can be made during the event without any entitlement to remuneration. The personal data of the runners can be used for marketing purposes and also passed on to third parties. At the same time, the event organiser undertakes to only process personal data in accordance with the Swiss Federal Data Protection Act.
You can order your personal photo from our partner www.alphafoto.com.
Race bib distribution
As a participant in the Aletsch Half-Marathon, you can collect your race bib on the day before the race. Otherwise, the race bibs for all categories can be collected on the morning of the race. The distribution point is located at the upper station of the Bettmeralp aerial cable car.
Race bib distribution:
Saturday, 20 June 2020
When: 4 – 6 p.m.
Where: Upper station of the Bettmeralp aerial cable car
Sunday, 21 June 2020
When: from 7.30 a.m.
Where: Upper station of the Bettmeralp aerial cable car
There are special prizes for the top three runners in each category. Special bonuses are awarded to any men or women setting new course records. Important: runners need to be actually present at the award ceremony. Otherwise they will forfeit their prize.
- Total prize money:
- Race winner (Men/Women):
1st CHF 250
2nd CHF 200
3rd CHF 150
- Route record (Men/Women):
The company Sponser is the official refreshments partner of the Aletsch Half-Marathon.
On a mountain run, adequate refreshment is the most critical success factor after systematic physical preparation. The somewhat cooler mountain air compared to the lowlands means that you may be inclined to drink less and this can have dire consequences for the final few kilometres. This is because the mountain air leads to a greater loss of fluids even though the temperatures are not as high as in the lowlands. With this in mind, drink at every opportunity and eat solid food very early on in the race.
The company Sponser is the official catering partner of the Aletsch Half-Marathon. The drink offered by Sponser quickly replaces lost fluids thanks to its isotonic composition and provides the body with energy and the most important minerals that are lost through sweating.
- Isotonic Red Orange + Citrus (drink at finish line)
- Competition Orange (drink for during the race)
- Cereal Energy Bar “Strawberry”
- Liquid Energy Plus 40g Sachet
There is a first-aid service at all stations. There are also 7 refreshment stations in total along the route. Drinks and food are distributed in the following order:
Booking for 35th Aletsch Half Marathon starts 8 November 2019.
The number of participants in the Aletsch Half-Marathon is restricted to 2,500 runners. If you would like to take part in the most beautiful mountain run in Europe, you need to register as soon as possible.
If the registration and/or mutation takes place without an additional fee, this will be requested at the start number issue, surcharge CHF 10.00 for registration or mutation.
Late registrations after the above dates are only possible if the maximum number of 2,500 runners has not yet been reached.
The starting field for the Aletsch Half-Marathon is divided into different blocks. Runners are allocated to one of the seven groups depending on the finish time expected or a finish time already achieved. The individual groups are phased to start at different times. Runners in the Aletsch Half-Marathon can only run in the start group allocated to them by the organisation team.
The starting field of a maximum of 2,500 runners is divided into seven start blocks. Start times will be staggered. The block you are allocated to depends on the time you submitted on registration. This may be a time you are personally expected to achieve or a finish time you already achieved for the Aletsch Half-Marathon. Important: the start time given for your start block is binding for you! You can only run in the group allocated to you by the organisation team.
Start times of blocks and categories:
- Nordic Walking: 10.30 a.m.
Block 1: 10 a.m.
Block 2: 10.05 a.m.
Block 3: 10.10 a.m.
Block 4: 10.15 a.m.
Block 5: 10.20 a.m.
Block 6: 10.25 a.m.
Block 7: 10.30 a.m.
The company responsible for timekeeping is Datasport. The running time is recorded by a timing chip. This means that the time starts to run for each participant as soon as he or she passes the start line and ends on crossing the finish line.
The Swiss Runners Ticket is valid from a place of residence in Switzerland to the running event location and back. Free use of the aerial cable car from Betten lower station to Bettmeralp or from Mörel-Filet to Riederalp is also included. Please note: the return ticket is only valid in combination with your race bib. Both need to be presented during an inspection.
Valuables can be deposited before the start at the luggage storage office in the goods shed (upper station of the Bettmeralp aerial cable car) and collected from the finish tent on the Bettmerhorn (max. 1 C3 envelope).
Walking aids in the form of walking sticks are prohibited. Disregard of this instruction leads to disqualification. This does not apply to registrations in the Nordic Walking category.