Dreiländerlauf (Three Countries Run)
This year marks the 30th edition of the annual Dreiländerlauf, a special running event that covers territory in Switzerland (Basel), France (St. Louis, Huningue), and Germany (Weil am Rhein). All runs start and end at the Marktplatz; this year, all runs will start earlier (9:30, 9:35, and 9:45) to beat the heat. The complete run is a half-marathon of 21.1 km, passes through the three countries, and crosses over the Rhein four times. There are 12 age categories (six for men and six for women). This year, the shorter run of 10.1 km for runners relatively new to the sport will also be a tri-nation run. This run has 14 age categories (seven for men and seven for women); the youngest category is for teens born 2003-2006. Younger runners born 2007-2014 can participate in a student run of 2.3 km with eight categories, including four for boys and four for girls.
Registration: You can register online until May 20 at 11:00 at their official website, https://3laenderlauf.org/en/home-2/. You can also register by post until May 4 (postmark). Late registration can be done in person in the inner courtyard of the Rathaus (city hall) on May 21 from 10:00-15:00 (no late fees) or on the day itself at the same location starting at 7:30 (CHF 10 late fee applies). Registration fees are CHF 50 for the half-marathon, CHF 40 for the 10.1 km run, and CHF 10 for the 2.3 km run. CHF 2 from every registration will be given to the Lions’ Club to help sponsor their bilingual summer camps.
Getting There: Thanks to support from the TNW (CH), RVL (DE), and Distribus (F), travel to and from the Dreiländerlauf on train, bus, and tram is free for participants on the day of the event. Simply write to email@example.com to request your free transportation ticket, which will then be e-mailed to you for printing at home. These free tickets are valid only for the participant in both directions; accompanying persons must pay their own ticket.
Start Numbers: Number bibs will be handed out on the day itself at the Rathaus at Marktplatz, starting at 7:30. They can also be picked up the day before at the same location from 10:00-15:00. The bibs are equipped with data chips that will calculate the time.
Prizes: All participants will receive a medal, and each participant in the 21.1 km and 10.1 km runs who reaches the finish line will receive a competitor t-shirt that they can pick up in the inner courtyard of the Rathaus by simply redeeming the coupon attached to the start number. Additionally, the first three finishers in each category will receive a special prize. You need to be present to receive prizes as they will not be mailed to you.
Changing Rooms: Changing rooms will be available for men and women at the Rittergasse-Schulhaus.
Valuables: If you have valuables with you that you don’t want to run with, you can leave them in the inner courtyard of the Rathaus, using your start number as your identifier.