Engadin Skimarathon

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The Engadin Skimarathon is an annual cross-country ski race (ski marathon) held on the second Sunday of March in the upper Engadine valley (Switzerland), between Maloja and S-chanf. It is part of the Worldloppet-Tour and by far the biggest cross-country skiing event in the Alps. Between 11,000 and 13,000 skiers participate each year. The total distance covered is 42 km, although it is also possible to complete the half-marathon of 21 km (finishing in Pontresina) or the 17 km Womans Race (Samedan to S-chanf) . While it is a freestyle race, there are separate tracks for skiers practicing classic style for all but the narrowest parts of the race. Participation is open to anyone from the age of 16, no licence is required to sign up.

Tha track record of 1:16:10h was set by Hervé Balland in 1994. In the same year, Silvia Honegger completed the race with the female track record of 1:22:08. As the race was extended by 2 km in 1998 to match the distance of a full marathon and the track was changed slightly in the Stazerwald section, resulting in a more difficult topography, longer racetimes are now standard.

The start of the race takes place at the Maloja Palace Hotel with an elevation of 1,820 metres (5,970 ft). The track than leads over both Lake Sils and Lake Silvaplana (which are frozen at this time of year). After passing St. Moritz there is a forested climb in the Stazerwald. The proceeding descent to Pontresina is regarded by many as the most spectacular part of the race for spectators, due to the high number of falls and crashes by skiers. The race then follows the runway of Samedan Airport and afterwards continues on the right side of the Engadin valley, passing several small communities before reaching the Finish in S-chanf at an elevation of 1,670 metres (5,480 ft).

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Year Men's Time Women's Time Participants
1969 Switzerland Karl Wagenführ (SUI) 2:19:38 h Switzerland Rita Czech (SUI) 2:54:26 h 945
1970 Switzerland Werner Bösch (SUI) 2:24:28 h Switzerland Ursula Geeser (SUI) 3:13:00 h 2124
1971 Switzerland Albert Giger (SUI) 2:02:58 h Norway Ingrid Hadler (NOR) 2:37:54 h 4010
1972 Switzerland Flury Koch (SUI) 2:01:30 h Switzerland Rosmarie Kurz (SUI) 2:34:45 h 4737
1973 Switzerland Albert Giger -2-
Switzerland Edy Hauser (SUI)
1:59:58 h Switzerland Rosmarie Kurz -2- 2:33:51 h 6032
1974 Switzerland Alfred Kälin (SUI) 1:53:15 h Switzerland Rosmarie Kurz -3- 2:24:26 h 7406
1975 Switzerland August Broger (SUI) 1:42:44 h Switzerland Rosmarie Kurz -4- 2:08:42 h 9735
1976 Switzerland Albert Giger -3- 1:55:39 h Switzerland Rosmarie Kurz -5-
Switzerland Ursula Bösch (SUI)
2:21:06 h 10126
1977 Switzerland Albert Giger -4- 1:45:16 h Switzerland Rosmarie Kurz -6- 2:11:11 h 10248
1978 Switzerland Albert Giger -5- 1:38:25 h Switzerland Christine Brügger (SUI) 1:58:03 h 12032
1979 Switzerland Alois Oberholzer (SUI) 2:03:01 h Switzerland Christine Brügger -2- 2:17:39 h 12191
1980 Sweden Ola Hassis (SWE) 1:57:07 h Switzerland Evi Kratzer (SUI) 2:12:23 h 12536
1981 United States Bill Koch (USA) 2:00:18 h Switzerland Cornelia Thomas (SUI) 2:12:03 h 11685
1982 Sweden Lars Frykberg (SWE) 1:50:05 h Switzerland Evi Kratzer -2- 2:06:02 h 10638
1983 Sweden Lars Frykberg -2- 1:34:08 h Switzerland Evi Kratzer -3- 1:44:15 h 10238
1984 Switzerland Konrad Hallenbarter (SUI) 1:42:09 h Switzerland Evi Kratzer -4- 1:55:04 h 11056
1985 Switzerland Andreas Grünenfelder (SUI) 1:37:15 h Switzerland Evi Kratzer -5- 1:47:06 h 11439
1986 Switzerland Konrad Hallenbarter -2- 1:43:39 h Switzerland Karin Thomas (SUI) 1:55:51 h 11613
1987 Switzerland Daniel Sandoz (SUI) 1:29:34 h Switzerland Christine Brügger -3- 1:38:57 h 11140
1988 Switzerland Andreas Grünenfelder -2- 1:35:55 h Switzerland Christine Brügger -4- 1:38:11 h 11758
1989 Czech Republic Ladislav Svanda (CZE) 1:25:02 h Switzerland Sandra Parpan (SUI) 1:29:57 h 11673
1990 Switzerland Konrad Hallenbarter -3- 1:24:54 h Italy Guidina Dal Sasso (ITA) 1:28:58 h 11502
1991 Race cancelled due to warm weather
1992 Italy Daniel Sandoz -2-
Italy Silvano Barco (ITA)
1:21:06 h Switzerland Elvira Knecht (SUI) 1:25:37 h 11962
1993 France Hervé Balland (FRA) 1:22:10 h Switzerland Silvia Honegger (SUI) 1:26:56 h 12019
1994 France Hervé Balland -2- 1:16:10 h Switzerland Silvia Honegger -2- 1:22:08 h 12571
1995 Switzerland André Jungen (SUI) 1:25:41 h Austria Maria Theurl (AUT) 1:32:24 h 12295
1996 France Hervé Balland -3- 1:24:18 h Austria Maria Theurl -2- 1:32:32 h 12263
1997 Austria Mikhail Botwinov (AUT) 1:19:41 h Norway Anita Moen (NOR) 1:25:15 h 12687
1998 Austria Christian Hoffmann (AUT) 1:23:44 h Austria Maria Theurl -3- 1:30:50 h 13527
1999 Norway Tor Arne Hetland (NOR) 1:25:21 h Switzerland Brigitte Albrecht (SUI) 1:29:19 h 12640
2000 Austria Gerhard Urain (AUT) 1:25:29 h Russia Yuliya Chepalova (RUS) 1:28:19 h 12711
2001 Germany Peter Schlickenrieder (GER) 1:24:22 h Switzerland Brigitte Albrecht -2- 1:29:19 h 11862
2002 Spain Juan Jesús Gutiérrez (ESP) 1:30:10 h Switzerland Brigitte Albrecht -3- 1:34:48 h 11967
2003 Switzerland Patrik Mächler (SUI) 1:28:00 h Switzerland Natascia Leonardi Cortesi (SUI) 1:32:21 h 12222
2004 France Christophe Perrilat (FRA) 1:32:40 h Russia Yuliya Chepalova -2- 1:37:53 h 12794
2005 Switzerland Gion Andrea Bundi (SUI) 1:34:01 h Switzerland Natascia Leonardi Cortesi -2- 1:40:19 h 11221
2006 Austria Mikhail Botwinov -2- 1:55:51 h Switzerland Natascia Leonardi Cortesi -3- 2:01:22 h 12254
2007 Switzerland Dario Cologna (SUI) 1:43:44 h Switzerland Laurence Rochat (SUI) 1:50:33 h 10441
2008 Norway Tor Arne Hetland -2- 1:24:30 h Germany Katrin Zeller (GER) 1:33:27 h 11512
2009 Italy Fabio Santus (ITA) 1:38:37 h Switzerland Seraina Mischol (SUI) 1:43:32 h 11028
2010 Switzerland Dario Cologna -2- 1:36:58 h Sweden Susanne Nyström (SWE) 1:43:02 h 11252
2011 Switzerland Remo Fischer (SUI) 1:39:51 h ItalyAntonella Confortola Wyatt (ITA) 1:48:00 h 11907
2012 Switzerland Roman Furger (SUI) 1:31:21 h FranceAnouk Faivre-Picon (FRA) 1:36:28 h 11787
2013 France Pierre Guedon (FRA) 1:28:19 h FinlandRiitta-Liisa Roponen (FIN) 1:29:52 h 12547

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