Scherz Alexander

Scherz Alexander
  • Full Name: Scherz Alexander
  • ID: 5275
  • Sex: Male
  • Country: Switzerland
  • Nationality: Switzerland
  • Birthdate: 1972-10-21
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My name is Alexander Scherz and I live in Oberwil near Basel, Switzerland. I am 46 years old and work as a sports psychologist. I love running, bicycling and swimming, so I am very much into marathon and triathlon. Besides sports I really enjoy playing the bass guitar in several bands in the Basel region and having a good time with my 15 year old son Momo. I started running marathons in 2008 and came to triathlon in 2010 and finally fell in love with ultra marathon running in 2012. In the meantime I completed more than 60 marathons and ultra marathons on all seven continents. Each run was unique and beautiful but my personal " highlights " were to participate in the 100 HURT and the IRONMAN World Championship in Hawaii and the BADWATER 135 which I finished in 2014.
The reason why I even started running is the fact that I live off something in the countryside . Every time I was at a party and wanted to go home , I had to walk. To shorten the time I finally ran. This had the positive side effect that I was sober at home . My overall Fitness improved as well and so I decided to accept this practice as a hobby.

My work and my background knowledge as a sports psychologist helps me certainly , in the mental component of the Ultra run. I also like to do music (others would describe it as noise) and play bass guitar in 3 bands.
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Described as the world's most grueling race, the Spartathlon runs over rough tracks and muddy paths (often it rains during the race), crosses vineyards and olive groves, climbs steep hillsides and, most challenging of all, takes the runners on the 1,200 meter ascent and descent of Mount Parthenio in the dead of night.
This is the mountain, covered with rocks and bushes, on which it is said Pheidippides met the god Pan.

Spartathlon is the event that brings this deed to attention today by drawing a legend out of the depths of history. The idea for its creation is belongs to John Foden, a British RAF Wing Commander. As a lover of Greece and student of ancient Greek history, Foden stopped his reading of Herodotus' narration regarding Pheidippides, puzzled and wondering if a modern man could cover the distance from Athens to Sparta, i.e. 250 kms, within 36 hours.

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