Tenth Geneva Marathon for UNICEF kicks off

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Around 14,000 runners are participating in the 10th Geneva Marathon in aid of the UN children's fund.

Around 14,000 runners are participating in the 10th Geneva Marathon in aid of the UN children's fund.

GENEVA - The 10th Geneva Marathon for UNICEF began Saturday on the shores of Lake Geneva, Switzerland with around 14,000 people participating in the eight races to be staged over the course of the weekend.

Over 1,400 women competed in the 5km female race, La Genevoise, and over 900 children participated in the five Junior Races for ages 6-15 years.

Estelle Oberson from Geneva won La Genevoise in a time of 17 minutes and 16 seconds. She was four seconds ahead of Nisa Camelo in second place while Stijntje Reulen took third. 

Sunday will see 2,000 people participate in the marathon and will also see the relay marathon; half-marathon and the handbike and wheelchair race take place.

Some of the profits from the entry fees to the weekend will be donated to UNICEF for the installation of water pumps to provide clean water in African countries.

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