Ironman Switzerland moves from Zurich to Thun in 2020

After celebrating the 23rd running of Ironman Switzerland in Zurich this year, the event will move to Thun in 2020.

| April 3, 2019 | NEWS

Ironman Switzerland, opne of the longest running Ironman events in Europe will have a new venue in 2020.

Ironman Switzerland, opne of the longest running Ironman events in Europe will have a new venue in 2020.

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The second-oldest Ironman event in Europe (Ironman Lanzarote is the oldest) will be moving to a new venue next year. Ironman announced yesterday that Ironman Switzerland will move from Zurich to Thun, a small village set in the heart of the Swiss Alps, in 2020.

"We are incredibly grateful for 23 years of Ironman racing in Zurich and would like to thank all of our supporters, friends, volunteers and sponsors. Our team is very much looking forward to bringing Ironman racing to Thun and we are working hard to make the transition a seamless one,” said Nico Aeschimann, Regional Operations Manager for Ironman. “However, the move will not be a goodbye. We are currently planning to create a multi-sports festival in Zurich starting in 2020.”



Thun is a city of about 45,000 about 130 km southwest of Zurich. It is situated on Lake Thun and surrounded by the Eiger, Moch and Jungfrau mountains.

The new Ironman Switzerland course

3.8 km Swim

Athletes will start the swim from a renovated lido on the shores of Lake Thun for a one-loop, counter-clockwise swim and finish in the marina to head to transition. 

180 km Bike

The two-loop bike course heads towards Spiez before heading away from the lake into the beautiful Burbe Valle. After heading towards Berne airport the course makes a loop through the stunning Gantrisch area. From there is's a slightly downhill trip back to transition where athletes will either start the second loop or head to T2.

42.195 km Run

The run follows the lakeshore to the old town, passing the Schadau Castle and crossing the river Aare. On the other side of the river the course heads out of town along the trails the the Thun City Run. After the turnaround the athletes head back to the event venue before starting their second loop.