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Silvesterlauf 2012

People in Zurich like to do some things in winter that may seem odd to people who are used to living in a warmer climate. There is the annual Samichlausschwimmen (lit. Santa Claus swimming) in the beginning of December where hundreds of people swim in the ice cold Limmat and Lake Zurich. Although I like the idea of the Samichlausschwimmen I never actually participated in it - too much cold for my taste! :)

Another annual event is a bit less exotic: the annual Zürcher Silvesterlauf. The name might be a bit misleading as this event does not take place on the actual Silvester (December 31st) but two weeks earlier on December 16th. It is a "Lauf" meaning it is a real running competition but most people simply participate for the fun of it. The participating runners run a track right through the middle Zurich and can enjoy the Christmas lights and evening atmosphere.

This is also reflected in the many possible categories that you can run in:
  • families
  • boys
  • girls
  • students
  • she and he
  • happy runners
  • run for fun
The deadline for this years event has already passed (I should have told you about it earlier... sorry!). But I think you will still enjoy watching hundreds of runners brave the wintery cold with a glass of hot Glühwein in your hand! :)



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