- 25 Apr 2015
IOC President – one of two Olympic medallists joining 26,000 runners in Lausanne
The IOC President Thomas Bach put his best foot forward and joined thousands of runners in the Olympic Capital on Saturday.
The President took part in the 2km ‘fun run’ that set off Saturday afternoon. Later the "20km de Lausanne” saw thousands take part in what is one of Switzerland’s biggest mass participation sports events.
With a range of courses for fun runners and serious athletes, the adults' race took the runners for a loop from the shores of Lake Geneva to the city centre and back. The courses for the fun-runners and the children's race went past the IOC headquarters in Vidy several times and finished at the Pierre de Coubertin stadium.
"It is great to see sport bringing so many people together in the Olympic Capital. This is a special year for the IOC as we celebrate 100 years in Lausanne and it was great to see the circuit passing by our headquarters in Vidy”, said President Bach after crossing the finish line.
President Bach wasn’t the only Olympian taking part in the day. Also running on Saturday was fellow Olympian Wilson Kipketer, former 800m world record holder and silver and bronze medallist at the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Olympic Games, who took part in the main race.©IOC/Arnaud Meylan