Nestled at the foot of the Alps, at the tip of Europe's largest lake, and at the headwaters of the Rhône River is one of the most international cities of the world. 40% of the residents in this city, Geneva, hail from other countries. Many of the world's most important global organizations - including the UN, the International Red Cross, and CERN - operate here. Upon arrival you'll quickly sense this city's intellectual openness and resolution to impact a positive change on the worldwide community. At the same time, you'll be cradled in a peaceful nest of hospitality that is truly and uniquely Swiss.
Perhaps this atmosphere is cultivated by the city of Geneva itself. The urban area is situated at the southern end of Lake Geneva at the very western edge of Switzerland. The train station is on the north side of the lake, as are many of the international organizations' headquarters. The quaint Old City is situated in a hilly section on the southern side, and the University of Geneva is just west of that. In the middle of the lake you'll quickly notice the Jet d'Eau, Geneva's famous fountain which shoots over 500 liters of water 140 meters into the air every second. This can be a helpful navigation marker as you're running through the city. Another helpful navigation feature is the rivers. Both the Rhône and Arve rivers start at the southwest tip of the lake. The Arve River flows to the south and west, while the Rhône heads due west into France.
As we're fond of saying at BTG, where there's water, there's a running way. When it comes to running, you'll be pleased by the ease and proximity of the city's great routes. Whether you're cruising along the lakeshore, checking out the paths in the Parc des Eaux-Vives, or heading south along the Arve towards the French border, you're bound to have a great active experience. Read on to find out more!
- Water: The Jet d'Eau shoots over 500 liters of water into the air every second. If the day happens to be windy, some of that may splash in your direction. Also, an excess of water on the surrounding pavement will make running surfaces slippery.
- Time: Switzerland is famous for chocolate and watches, and when it comes to time the Swiss are particularly punctual. As you're running along the shores of Lake Geneva, you'll hit the Flower Clock at the end of Run #1 and at the beginning of Run #2. Make sure you note the time to ensure you have enough of it to get your run in!
- France: Geographically speaking, Geneva sits at the very western tip of Switzerland, and is almost entirely surrounded by the French border. In fact, many people choose to reside in the French section of the city's suburbs and commute to work every day. Just be aware of that country's proximity as you run - if you go too far, you will cross the border.