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Chris Black

Hello, my name is Chris!

Originally from Canada, I’ve been lucky enough to live and work in the heart of Geneva for almost 30 years. About a decade ago I started running more seriously, largely motivated and inspired by a fantastic local running club: Geneva Runners.

Starting from scratch, I have now run six marathons and one ultra marathon trail, made new friends from around the world and discovered a runners paradise, the area around Geneva and beautiful Lac Leman. The benefits of sport for my mind and body have been life changing.

Chris Black running roots Geneva
Chris Black running roots Geneva

What does Geneva represent for you?

When I first started my career working internationally for humanitarian agencies, Geneva was more than a base, it was a warm oasis that always was there to hug me after missions responding to conflict, natural disaster and outbreaks.

A big small city, with all the advantages of a modern vibrant metropolis that blends culture, museums and art with the most amazing outdoors that fuels both mind and body.

There’s something for every type of athlete with a mix of running routes, cycling tracks, swimming pools, skate parks and most of all Lac Leman.

I’ll never forget running my first marathon here and seeing the full splendor of the gushing Jet d’eau, while being cheered on by crowds from around the globe. It was a life changing experience and I’ll always treasure celebrating with my friends and family at the finish on the Pont de Mont Blanc.

Chris Black running roots Geneva
Chris Black running roots Geneva
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Chris Black running roots Geneva
Chris Black running roots Geneva

What are your favourite activities in Geneva?

Geneva is the perfect runnable city. Road, track or trail, easy runs to races of all lengths, it has it all. Even on a quick run at lunch, I can leave the stress of work behind for an hour and escape to beautiful parks, fields and forests and then finish it all off with a dip in the lake. 

Do you have any secret spots in Geneva?

Great places to swim and relax are Bain des Pâquis and Le Reposoir, but the real secret place to swim is the wonderful Bain de Saugy in near Creux de Genthod. Access is via a hidden passageway in the Parc de Saugy, a short bike ride or run from town.

 

How would you describe Geneva in one sentence?

Much much more than just fondue (which you should also try)

Chris Black running roots Geneva
Chris Black running roots Geneva

Where would you bring your friends to if they came to visit Geneva?

One of my favorite runs starts by the lake, past the beautiful Batiment des forces Motrices, winds up through the former industrial area of Jonction into the peaceful parc of Les Bois-De-La-Batie and then snakes under the imposing Pont du Butin. Just as you’re heart is racing at capacity the trail leads you to an along the the banks of the Rhone river, which you can cross back and forth taking in the exquisite Passerelle de Lignon. If one avoids the temptation of a quick splash in the river, you wind up back on the Quai du Seujet, which leads back to Lake Geneva and a well earned coffee and baguette at Bain des Pâquis!

Chris Black running roots Geneva
Chris Black running roots Geneva