"You feel like you're at a festival"

Interview with Guido Graf, Director of the Health and Social Department of the Canton of Lucerne

Guido Graf Guido Graf, how did you come up with the idea to take part in the run?

I wanted to encourage as many of my colleagues from the Health and Social Department as possible to participate. The easiest way to do this is to lead by example. I therefore decided to enter the run in the "Happy Runners" category.

This year's event marks the 38th time that the run has been organised. How many times have you taken part previously?

I have participated in the solidarity run several times already; however, this year was the first time that I have ran in this category. It was definitely worthwhile. There is always a great atmosphere at the City Run – and not only along the course. The spectators cheer on the runners so loudly that you feel like you're at a festival. I find it really interesting to compare the different attitudes of the runners. For some people, it is a casual run during which you can chat with the other runners and it's all about the group experience. Other people adopt a very ambitious approach to the run and their first priority is to achieve a good time.

How did you prepare for the run?

I’ll be honest and admit that I did not do any training that was focused especially on this run. I do, however, play tennis often, which of course keeps me fit. At this year's run, I was more interested in enjoying myself by running and chatting with my colleagues.

Why should everyone take part in this run at least once in their lives?

The Lucerne City Run is a great experience due to the special atmosphere, as it really gives you a positive mental attitude and a great deal of energy during the event. Also, exercise is great for your health. Most people who take part in the run automatically become more active in preparation for the event. This can lead to participants enjoying taking part in sport in the long term. Running is also a great, uncomplicated sporting activity. You don't need any special equipment or facilities, as you can find routes everywhere – in cities and woods, and along the banks of rivers and lakes, too.