- It is one of the biggest and oldest of its kind, with a single 100-km loop.
- It is run during the night.
- The refreshment stations have everything you need. (Except chairs)
This bridge was built in 1568 to span the Aare River and at the time it was the only river crossing between Bern and Büren. The bridge is breathtaking in itself, the architecture exquisitely unique. And since it lies at km 17 on the race course, almost all runners will cross it before midnight, still quite early, and so the bridge is packed with fans. The reverberating echoes of cheers would give the Grinch the goosebumps.
5. The medal and the finisher shirts rock!
The medal itself is heavy and of good quality with lots of fine detail, but what I really like about it is the neck band. It is not a simple red- or blue-and-white-striped band, no, it is bright and colorful and has that beautiful Swiss flag proudly displayed. The finisher T-shirts are available in both a men’s and women’s cut and they have cool colors, large print and are black on the sides which, all ladies know, is ‘slenderizing’, and we like that. Such great finisher shirts are unfortunately not the case everywhere, and most disappointingly was the one we got from the Marathon des Sables this year (see photo below of Beatrice and I)—plain white, with tiny print on the front saying Finisher and even tinier print under that saying Marathon des Sables! And nothing on the back! I mean, if someone runs 257km through the Sahara Desert they have earned the right to slap it all over town!!!
Anyway, hands-down, if you want to try a 100-km race, Biel is the one to start with!
|That medal would look great with my black cocktail dress|
|Holly & Beatrice proudly wearing our MdS shirts|
*This article was first published on Ask the Monsters