The Zurich New Years race or Neujahrsmarathon starts with a firework display that has runners gazing up into the night sky at the begining of the race. There are other races inclusing a kids event, 10k and half marathon. The start and finish area is within a sports hall with loads of seating for spectators and importantly on this day a bar! Although there will be lots of fireworks headlamps are needed to take part.
A 10.5km route which the marathon runners tackle 4 times whilst the half marathoners run around twice. It is a fast course mainly along the River Limmat which is the main river flowing into Zurich. The only rises are those over the bridge crossings on each lap but they won't slow you down too much.