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If 14 want 200 to Maloja

Is there anything Better than to leave on Sunday morning, the alarm clock be? Also cross-country skiers to think so. With one exception: On the second Sunday of

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If 14 want 200 to Maloja

Is there anything Better than to leave on Sunday morning, the alarm clock be? Also cross-country skiers to think so. With one exception: On the second Sunday of March, the day of the Engadin ski Marathon. Who participates in the Engadine, it is necessary beforehand from the bed. The starting shot will sound only at 8.30 am. The last category, the people's runners, only 50 minutes later on the route – human times. Only the starting point Maloja is located just around the corner. To get there, is a beautiful Portion of the logistics necessary.

For this you have to run only the fundamentals of the race: 14'200 athletes want to get at the same time to the bottom end of the Engadine. In the 300-souls-place without a railway line, only with a winding main road opened up.

The early reveille is therefore not optional, but compulsory: who takes the last starting block and had no ambitions for a fast time, the 42 km to S-chanf in attack, ready in St. Moritz to 8.10 PM – the last Bus to the Start.

Overall, tomorrow's 65 buses are on Sunday. They are the only means of transport to the Start. In order to prevent a traffic chaos, locked the police in Silvaplana the road for private traffic in the direction of Maloja. Only Exception: Travel Cars.

Zurich Numbers as in 2010

But since we are already in the fine-logistics: Somehow, the 14'200 participants for the second Time in a row fully booked Marathon to get to the Engadine. How do you do that? Even the Marathon organizers don't know exactly, have to Pay you will never be charged.

Some of the clues are there but, to us, in particular, those from Zurich optics of interest. The most populous Canton in 2019, with 2500 starters with a record field. Never before have so many of Zurich, took the cross-country ski race in attack. In order to surpass the Grisons, of about 200 cross-country skiers. To clarify: for the Last time in 2010 ran more in Zurich than Grisons Maloja to S-chanf, at the time, but there were on both sides, around 1000 participants fewer.

Logically, the cities of Zurich (803) and Winterthur (181) in the case of taxes, the majority of the record number. Then there are the lakeside villages, and the Zurich Oberland with its many trails, which are also goodly Numbers of inhabitants of the Engadine traveled.

The past tense is deliberately chosen, because the adventure Skimarathon starts for many of the participants not only during the race weekend. The majority spends at least a few days in the valley. Once a whole week of vacation in the Engadin to the Marathon experience. But so much time today take all.

The weekend in the Engadine, a hotel room, however, remains a big challenge – unless you like to spend a medium - sized three-or four-digit amount. Cheap sleeping occasions are rare, these include converted gyms and civil in the night of Sunday as a day of accommodations. Because the Overnight stay in the valley is for the most countries a precondition for participation: by train and Bus arrival is guaranteed Grisons only in the Canton, at 4 quarts the first special train rides in the country, also from Chur and Davos Connections for the graubünden cross-country skiers are secured.

Only two percent in the Car

This was not always so: Once upon a time, there was also early trains per day travelling from Zürich. But these were used only sparingly and, therefore, to the Millennium changeover around set. Anyone who wants to arrive from the Canton of Zurich only on the day of the race, holding on to Carreise company. Two in the Canton, those of nussli leaves Winterthur at 3 in the morning. A comfortable range, but only a few use: nussli fills a Car with a good 40 people, the Sport Trend Shop in Uster, a minibus with 15 athletes – that is just two percent of the Zurich-based participants.

First on race day, the program of the minority, at the starting number issue: About 3000 of the 14'200 participants to pick up their number on Sunday morning in Maloja is serviced definitely.

Once in the goal, from the Sunday lunch but then all at once home to the country. Nevertheless, the people keep casserole in limits to: the different performance abilities of the participants, their arrival stagger on the target, of course. As well as special trains and the vereina tunnel, close to the target, thanks to the marathon in no time get back to the country from Winter into spring. (Editorial Tamedia)

Created: 08.03.2019, 22:11 PM

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