Switzerland’s largest cross-country ski race is turning 50. On Sunday 14,200 athletes will take part in the Engadine Ski Marathon.
- Deutsch Die Malojaschlange auf den dünnen, schnellen Brettern
- Español 50 años de maratón en Engadina
- Português Uma tradicional competição de corrida sobre esquis
- 中文 万人雪上马拉松
- Français Le marathon de l'Engadine souffle ses 50 bougies
- عربي خمسون عاما منذ انطلاق أكبر ماراثون للتزلّج في سويسرا
- Pусский Энгадинский лыжный марафон: гонка на выживание
- 日本語 スイス最大のクロスカントリー大会 エンガディン・スキーマラソンの軌跡
- Italiano La Maratona engadinese compie 50 anni
Images of endless lines of skiers snaking across frozen lakes have become a trademark of Switzerland as a winter sport location. The 42-kilometre (26-mile) race is the most popular in the country – to the extent that organisers have been forced to limit the number of places in order to guarantee the event’s quality.
When a group of stalwarts got together in 1969 for the first Engadine Ski Marathon, they were probably unaware that they were real pioneers. Today, similar events pop up everywhere in all endurance sports. The aim is always to attract thousands of hobby athletes to the region where the event is being held.
The images document the development of the marathon from a local cross-country run for a few people bitten by the cross-country skiing bug to a massive sporting and logistical event, which attracts not only hobby skiers but also the world’s top professionals.
(All images: Keystone)
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