Geneva is a stunning city for a race. The azure blue water of Geneva's lake and the distant snow-capped mountains of the French alps contribute to making it one of the best rated marathons in Europe. Both the half and full marathon take place on the Sunday with several other races on the Saturday making the total number of participants up to 9000. 5% of race fees go to Unicef.
The marathon starts in Chene-Bourg which nestles between the Jura's crests and the Alpine summits. Runners pass through several pretty villages as they head towards the finish line in Geneva on the Port du Mont Blanc. It is a beautiful, relatively flat course with highlights including the Jet d'Eau, Flower Clock and the Mont Blanc bridge.
The half is a more urban route which also finishes on the Port de Blanc. The course hugs the water for much of the way giving fantastic views of the Jet d'Eau.