When I first arrived in Zurich I was embarking on a new adventure – I didn’t know anyone and my German was non-existent. Finding a flat and getting my bearings took precedence over everything else and since socialising was part of the package, many alcoholic drinks passed these lips…and the consequences manifested themselves on my hips. I had put my running on hold for long enough to see my bum become a threat to Zurich – Godzillarsch was on the loose and had to be tamed.
So I dusted off my running shoes and explored the sides of the Limmat and the Hönggerberg. There are many routes to follow, but if you walk up to the ETH campus, you’ll find a 14km marked route, saving you from resorting to navigate Hansel and Gretel style.
Then I moved to Wiedikon, where the Limmat and Hönngerberg were replaced by the Sihl and Uetliberg. If you hop off the train at Triemli, you’ll find plenty of marked routes through the Uetliberg and the Sihl is ideal marathon training territory – I covered 30km along it and know you can go much further if you’re crazy enough to.
Finally, for the airplane geeks out there, there is always the 17km RUFK (Rund um Flughafen Kloten). Zurich is truly an amazing city for sport enthusiasts and there are plenty more routes on the Züriberg and all along the lake, so if you know of a good one, do let everyone know in a comment below!