CERN Road Race


The CERN Road Race has been held every year since 1980 in the West Area of the Meyrin site, and is open to everyone working at CERN or not, including families. 
It comprises 3 laps of a 1.8 km circuit, which makes for a total distance of (5.44+/-0.05)km. 
Children (15 years or younger) have their own race of 1.8 km over 1 lap.

The adult race is run on a handicap basis, by staggering the starting times. All runners cover the same distance and those finishing the course receive a souvenir prize, financed by a registration fee. There are runners of all speeds, times have ranged from under 17 to over 34 minutes. 
There are trophies for Women's and Men's categories in the Seniors and Veterans I ( > 40 years) and II ( > 50 years) age groups, as well as for age/performance and for the best family (2 or more members, scored on best parent + best child).


The circuit runs along the roads Gregory, Fermi, Arago, Schrödinger, Perrin and Gregory, to be run three times for adults, and once for children.

Road Race Route


Runners (or their representatives) will need to log in with their CERN username/password to register. If you do not have a registered CERN account, please first register your e-mail address at

Runners will need to have access to the CERN site of Meyrin on the race day. In case they do not have it, they need to fill an access request by going to this page at least 48h before the race : They will then be able to enter CERN on the day of the race, using entrance B, provided that bring an ID.

Entry Fee

An entry fee of 10 CHF per runner is payable when the number is collected. Children enter free

The distribution of the race numbers will be on the day of the race between 12:15 and 13:00 in the Main Building.


Junior categories

There is no age specific classification, only a boy category and a girl one. All participant start together.
The best 3 boys and girls receive a special cup or medal. All participants receive a small medal.

Adult categories

Prices (cup/medals) are given to the best 3 times in the following categories :

  • Senior Women and Senior Men: < 40 years old
  • Veteran 1 Women and Veteran 1 Men: < 50 years old
  • Veteran 2 Women and Veteran 2 Men: no age limit

Special categories

Extra special prices are given to :

  • The best 3 families: classification is done on the best parent rank added to the best child rank (in their respective categories). Lowest one wins and in case of equality, the child rank makes the difference
  • The Age/Perf for Men and Women: the age/perf score is the addition of 3 points per year above 28 and 1 point per 5s under 24mn for men and under 30mn for women


  • 12:15 – 13:00 Distribution of dossards
  • 17:45 – 18:15 Final distribution of dossards
  • 18:00 Traffic restrictions in place
  • 18:15 Instructions for runners
  • 18:20 Start of junior race
  • 18:45 Start of senior race (first runners)
  • 19:25 End of race
  • 19:30 End of traffic restrictions
  • 19:30 – 20:00 Food + drinks
  • 20:00 Results and prize giving
  • 20:30 End