The 20km de Lausanne is the most popular race in Romandy, the French-speaking part of Switzerland. The capital of the canton of Vaud hosts as well a full marathon – the Lausanne Marathon – every year in Autumn but no running event is so internationally known as the unusual 20km distance.
In Lausanne city centre, running through its most famous and hilly streets, from the quai d’Ouchy to the City Hall, from the Place de la Riponne to the Château de la Cité. The start and finish are at the Pierre de Coubertin Stadium in Vidy.
Organized for the first time in June 1982, the 2012 edition will be on April 28th. The start is late in the afternoon and over 20000 runners are expected to join the event.
Not a traditional distance, non the cheapest city in Europe, not a race for a personal best. But a great running experience with an amazing finish at the edge of the Lake Geneva: over 20000 runners from Europe and beyond entered and enjoyed the race in 2011. The fact that the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee are in Lausanne should boost your Olympic and racing spirit too. And a great public will help for the strenuous stretches as well: not an Alpine race, but do not underestimate the ascent and descent, it's definitely not flat.