In Swedish, “Sola” means sun, or to sunbathe. The first SOLA run took place in Sweden, between the towns of Gothenburg and Karlstad. It covered 252.7 km and was divided into 25 stages, 10 of which had to be run by women. In 1972, a team from the Academic Sports Association Zürich (ASVZ) participated at the SOLA in Sweden. A year later, the ASVZ organized the first SOLA relay race in Zürich. Today, the Zürich SOLA ranges amongst the top Swiss runs, with 1,000 teams and 14,000 participants attending. In 2016, a SOLA run was organized for the first time in Winterthur (“Winti-SOLA”), with 110 teams participating.
Because of the SOLA’s popularity, it was brought to Basel several years ago, and its success ensured this year’s sixth edition! The SOLA Basel relay race covers a total route of 81.1 km, divided into 10 stages of 4.3–12.2 km. It will start and finish at Park im Grünen in Münchenstein and will take you past many places of interest: the Roche towers, Kunstmuseum Basel, Ermitage Arlesheim, Gempen, old town of Liestal, Wildenstein castle, and Wartenberg. The varied stages of the run pass four cantons (Basel-Stadt, Baselland, Solothurn, and Aargau), two cities (Basel and Liestal), 20 municipalities (Arlesheim, Augst, Birsfelden, Bubendorf, Büren, Dornach, Frenkendorf, Füllinsdorf, Gempen, Hölstein, Kaiseraugst, Lampenberg, Lausen, Liestal, Münchenstein, Muttenz, Nuglar-St. Pantaleon, Pratteln, Ramlinsburg, and Seltisberg), and five rivers (Birs, Ergolz, Frenke, Orisbach, and Rhein).
This year, there will be teams consisting of 10 people with at least three female participants (minimum age 16); student teams with 10 participants including at least six enrolled students (university, polytechnic, university of applied science); teams consisting of 5 runners with at least two female participants; and student teams with 5 participants with a minimum of three students. Each runner is only allowed to run one stage. Ten-member teams will run stages 1 to 10, whereas five-member teams will run stages 6 to 10.
Cost is CHF 450 per team of 10 runners / CHF 350 for 10-member student teams and CHF 225 per team of 5 runners / CHF 175 for 5-member student team. Registration is possible until May 30.
There will also be a Mini SOLA, where kids can make their first attempts towards the big SOLA Basel. On a straightforward 2.7 km course across Park im Grünen, near the start and finish area of the SOLA Basel, children and school classes can gain a first impression of a relay race. The teams for the Mini SOLA consist of six runners and are divided into several age categories (U8, U10, U12, and U14). In the FAMIGROS RUN & WIN category, children, families, and seniors start in cross-generational teams, with a minimum of two kids and two adults. Registration is possible until May 31 for a fee of CHF 10 per team. Public transport to and from the event is free for all participants on this day.
Park im Grünen