Basler Stadtlauf (Basel’s City Run)
Normally held after the official opening of the Christmas season in Basel, this year Basel’s annual Stadtlauf (city run) will be taking place a week earlier, on November 19. Anyone who likes running—whether young or old—should head for the wonderfully illuminated city center.
Also this year, grown-ups and kids can run together. Children ages 4 and up can join their parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and grandparents in a special family run from the Münsterplatz to Marktplatz. This family run starts first (16:45) and is only 1 km. There is no ranking; the results will be displayed in alphabetical order.
Like every year, there will also be dedicated races for all age categories, from children ages 7 to seniors. Distances vary by age group, from 1.0 km for the youngest kids to 5.5 km for adults. There also are longer-distance runs for elite female (5.9 km) and male (7.55 km) runners, but participation in these is by invitation only. All races start at Münsterplatz, with the youngest beginning at 17:05 and the older men beginning at 20:44 (check the “Kategorien und Startzeiten” for your age category under “Stadtlauf”).
If your young kids will be running separately from you, it is advisable to decide before the race on a specific meeting place for you and your children after the race. The organizers also suggest you write your cell phone numbers on your kids’ number bibs so that the Stadtlauf helpers can quickly reach you if necessary to help reunite you with your children.
Facilities and Services
Changing rooms are available from 15:00-22:00 on the day of the run. The men’s changing room is located at the Gymnasium Leonhard (entrance on Leonhardstrasse). The ladies’ changing room is at the Holbein Schule, entrance on Kanonengasse. The way to the starting line is well indicated, and there are many toilets right at the start on Münsterplatz.
To protect the environment, as well as to avoid traffic congestion and parking nightmares, participants (but not accompanying family members) will receive a free transport ticket to the Stadtlauf on the entire public transport network of the Nordwestschweiz, including SBB trains (2nd class).
All runners in the children and youth categories (up to “under-16”) will receive a souvenir medal that each year is specially designed with a Basel motif. All runners in the “under-18” and older categories will receive a “finisher’s gift” and can order the souvenir medal at registration for a cost of CHF 5. Only those registered by November 6 are guaranteed a medal. Additionally, the first three finishers in each category are asked to present themselves immediately at the finish line to receive their awards. The first-place winners will receive a watch, and the second- and third-place winners will receive Pro Innerstadt Basel gift certificates.
Until November 6, registration costs CHF 35 for adults, CHF 18 for kids ages 6-16, and CHF 30 for families (1 child + 1 adult, plus CHF 5 for each additional child or adult). From November 7, the registration fee goes up to CHF 40 for adults, CHF 23 for kids ages 6-16, and CHF 35 for families (1 child + 1 adult, plus CHF 5 for each additional child or adult). Online registration is possible until November 16 at https://www.stadtlauf.ch/stadtlauf/en/registration/. If you register before November 6, you will receive your start number and chip by mail; otherwise, they can be picked up in a tent at Münsterplatz on the day of the race from 14:00-20:00.