Getting Fit While Having Fun

joggers at the lake, mountains in the background  In cooperation with the organizers of the Gornergrat Zermatt Marathon, the project “Lonza Makes You Fit” was initiated in Visp (CH) and Basel (CH) in September 2015. As the name already suggests, the project aims to make Lonza employees fit for the half marathon of the Gornergrat Zermatt Marathon on 2 July 2016. After the kickoff event in September, almost 300 employees registered, which represents approximately 10 % of all employees in Switzerland.


Under the guidance of running experts, employees at the Visp and Basel sites have 10 months to prepare for the half marathon. The program is primarily designed for beginning runners, but experienced runners and competitive athletes can also benefit from the comprehensive fitness program.


All participants benefit from a medical check and a fitness test and receive a personalized training plan based on the test results and their personal needs. Once a month a group training session is conducted, led by running experts who pass on their experience to the participants.

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Besides these training sessions, presentations and courses around topics such as equipment or diet are regularly taking place. About one month before the race, all participants will have the opportunity to participate in an organized test run to get to know the running trail.

The Gornergrat Zermatt Marathon annually attracts more than 2 500 runners who want to reach the finish line on top of the Riffelberg at an altitude of 2 158 metres. The Gornergrat Zermatt Marathon is not only the marathon with the highest finish line in Europe, but also one of the most beautiful mountain races in the world.