Julien Wanders

Iten, Kenya

Iten, Kenya

Iten, Kenya


3'000 m


Luzern (Switzerland), 9 July 2019

5'000 m


Lausanne (Switzerland), 5 July 2019

10'000 m

27'17.29 Swiss record

Hengelo (Netherlands), 17 July 2019

5 km


Monaco, 17 February 2019

10 km

27'25 European record

Houille (France), 30 December 2018

Half marathon

59'13 European record

Ras Al Khaimah (United Arab Emirates), 8 February 2019

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Born into a family of musicians, Julien has found his rhythm as one of Europe’s most exciting road running talents.

Taking up the sport aged 15, the Swiss athlete quickly discovered a gift, making his international debut two years later at the 2013 European Cross Country Championships. In 2015 he showed his versatility, setting a national junior 5000m record (13:48.21) and placing 12th and 36th in the junior races at the World Cross and European Cross Country Championships, respectively.

Based in Kenya for much of the year, Julien gave an indication as to exciting road potential in 2017 – setting a 10km PB of 28:02 in Houilles and also recording 61:43 for fourth on his half-marathon debut in Milan. Last year the Swiss maestro made another giant leap forward, posting a national half-marathon record of 60:09 in Barcelona before finishing eighth and top European (61:03) at the World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia.

Julien ended his year with a bang, posting a European 10km record of 27:32 in Durban before trimming seven seconds from that mark in Houilles. The year 2019 started really well for Julien Wanders by breaking the European Record half marathon in RAK, running 59:13. The previous record was from Mo Farah (59:32).

Did You Know? Julien has had a long-held fascination for East African athletes and at school wrote paper on "why Kenyans are so good at distance running?" (NN Running Team)


After starting a sports career as a member of the TV Arbon athletic club, first in combined events and then in high jump, Marco Jäger focuses on the middle distance, especially on the 800 m. A distance over which he achieves a personal best of 1'47''35.

At the age of 22, he stopped competitive running to focus his studies in business management in St. Gallen (Switzerland) and later in law in London. He began coaching and played several other sports, including volleyball and tennis. Now, he trains a group of runners (400 m, middle-distance and long-distance) at Stade Genève with his father-in-law Pierre Dällenbach and other coaches.

Julien is coached by Marco since he is 15 years old, in his club Stade Genève. They are in touch several times a week between Switzerland and Kenya for the analysis of the training sessions and the follow-up of the training program.

Marco Jäger is 55 years old, he is Swiss, married and father of four children. He works in a fiduciary company specializing in estate planning and the legal management of assets for international customers.


8 February 2019 - Ras Al Khaimah (United Arab Emirates)
Half marathon
4th - 59'13
European Record
17 February 2019 - Monaco Run Herculis
1st - 13'29
Personal best
30 May 2019 - Diamond League in Stockholm, (Sweden)
6th - 27'44.36
Old Swiss Record
9 June 2019 - FBK Games in Hengelo, (Netherlands)
8th - 13'19.79
Qualification for World Athletics Championships (Doha)
5 July 2019 - Athletissima in Lausanne, (Switzerland)
14th - 13'13.84
Personal best
9 July 2019 - Spitzen Leichtathletik Luzern, (Switzerland)
3rd - 7'43.62
Personal best
17 July 2019 - Ethiopian trials in Hengelo, (Netherlands)
9th - 27'17.29
Swiss Record, seventh on the European all-time list, qualification for World Athletics Championships (Doha), qualification for Olympic Games (Tokyo)
3 August 2019 - Citius Meeting Bern, (Switzerland)
7th - 3'39.30
Personal best
10 August 2019 - European Athletics Team Championships in Bydgoszcz, (Poland)
2nd - 13'45.31
11 Team Points
23 & 24 August 2019 - Leichtathletik Schweizermeisterschaften in Basel (Switzerland)
800m & 1'500m
800m : 2nd - 1'52.93
1'500m : 1st - 3'54.70
29 August 2019 - IAAF Diamond League in Zürich (Switzerland)
14th - 13'45.18
28 September to 6 October 2019 - IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha (Qater)
5'000m & 10'000m
5'000m Heats : 12th - 13'38.95
10'000m : did not finished
12 October 2019 - INEOS 1h59 Challenge in Vienna (Austria)
Captain of pacemakers for Eliud Kipchoge
1st December 2019 - Escalade race in Geneva (Switzerland)
1st - 20'39.4
all time race record
8th December 2019 - European Cross Country Championships in Lisbon (Portugal)
4th - 30'25
14th December 2019 - Course Titzé de Noël in Sion (Switzerland)
1st - 19'25.9


Let's go into the race with Julien

12th January 2020
10K Valencia Ibercaja (Spain)
21st February 2020
Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon (United Arab Emirates)
29th March 2020
World Athletics Half Marathon Championships in Gdynia (Poland)


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