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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. 

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Is there any information you would like that we have forgotten to include? If so, please contact us so that we can prepare the information for future runners. 

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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.

Accommodation

You can obtain information on accommodation from our partner:

Aletsch Arena AG 
T: +41 27 928 58 58
E: info@aletscharean.ch

We recommend booking accommodation early.

Alternative route

In bad weather conditions when the risks are felt to be too high, the run is carried out on an alternative route.

Award ceremony

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.

Doping controls

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. 

Entry fee

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 60
  • Nordic Walking: CHF 59
  • Marmot race: CHF 10
  • “Gletschi” race: CHF 10

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. 

Finish

The finish line for the Aletsch Half-Marathon is on the Bettmerhorn mountain, at an altitude of 2,700 m. The finish line for both the Marmot and “Gletschi” races is at the Bachtla Sports Centre.

Finisher shirts

Finisher shirts will be presented to runners as they cross the finish line.

First-aid service

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

Information stand

This is located in the upper station of the Bettmeralp aerial cable car (start line).

Insurance

The organisers aim to offer the runners ideal conditions on the route. However, please note that the Aletsch Half-Marathon takes place on alpine terrain. So please make sure you have sufficient insurance cover! Every participant needs to arrange their own insurance cover. The event organiser shall not assume any liability. When you register, you confirm that you have sufficient insurance cover and have had sufficient training for the run. Important: for reasons of safety and sporting fairness, you are not allowed to leave the predetermined running route.

Late registrations

Possible if the limit for the number of participants has not yet been reached.

Lost property

For lost property, please contact our partner:

Aletsch Arena AG / Infocenter Bettmeralp
T: +41 27 928 58 58
E: info@aletscharean.ch

Luggage

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

Massages are offered at the Bachtla Sports Centre.

Personal data/pictures

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.

Photos

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, 22 June 2019
When: 4 – 7 p.m.
Where: Upper station of the Bettmeralp aerial cable car

Sunday, 23 June 2019
When: from 7 a.m.
Where: Upper station of the Bettmeralp aerial cable car

Rankings

Rankings will be published on the websites www.aletsch-halfmarathon.ch or www.datasport.com directly after the race.
Rankings will not be sent out by post.

Refreshments

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.

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: 

Kilometre First aid Water Tea isoton.
Drinks
Energy Bar
Gels
Bananas Cola
Bread
5.6

Yes

Yes

Yes Yes Yes Yes No
9 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
12 Yes No No No No No No
14.2 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
17.5 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
18.4 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
20 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
21.1 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Registration

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.

Online registration will be possible from October 1st 2018. More information will follow soon.

Start groups

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. 

Start times

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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:

  • U12 Marmot race: 9.45 a.m.
  • U18 “Gletschi” race: 9.45 a.m.
  • Nordic Walking: 10.30 a.m.
  • Half-Marathon:
    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.

Timekeeping

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. 

Toilets

Toilets are available at the start line, all along the start zone, and at the finish line.

Transport

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

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).