I was mighty proud to finish this run in Switzerland.
The Murtenlauf is an annual running contest from Murten to Friborg in Switzerland.
The trail is 17,170 km and is characterized by the two heavy slopes that the runners must overcome.
Each year the contest has over 10.000 participants.
Murten is a characteristic town, over 800 years old with a beautiful medieval center.
The ancient city wall (walkable) with towers, the town hall, a few gates (Berner Tor) as well as the countless old houses attract many tourists every year.
The Hauptstrasse is particularly atmospheric.
This Strasse is where the runners came together to prepare for the start of the race.
Frankly, I have never started a run in such a beautiful surrounding.
As you probably will know hills and mountains are absent in 95% of the Netherlands.
So I had to train on a treadmill to get used to racing up a hill.
This dull training routine eventually did pay off. After all, I managed to finish the run. 😬
I enjoyed racing over hills and through valleys.
I was encouraged by a carillon with cows bells, an alpine horn and enthusiastic swiss.
And did I already mention how lovely Fribourg is?