Ch Ruedi Wild

A former professional Skier and Swiss native, Reudi came to triathlon at an early age (12) encouraged by his parents and attracted by the challenge of multi-disciplines. Since then, Ruedi has competed at the Olympics, stood on over a dozen podiums worldwide, and won tri-events in his (and On’s) hometown of Zurich.

Q&A with Ruedi Wild


How did you start running? Playing police and robbers in my free time as a little kid in our backyard, thus being in action every afternoons and evenings.


Why do you run now? As it is my job and to make a living ;-) – though in reality, I enjoy the feeling of complete freedom when running and just enjoying the moment


What has been the most important race you’ve run to date?

London Olympic Games in 2012 as of its importance. Or shall I mention all the mornings I needed to run so as not to miss the train…

What is your pre-race ritual? Go for an early morning, easy jog before breakfast.


What do you think about while running? Varies widely: from business affairs to family things or how to solve problems all the way to my running technique or just enjoying the flow and thinking nothing at all.


Who is your “team”? My wife Lea who supports me in every aspect of my sporty and private life.  From being the (physio) therapist to sometimes being my coach and motivator all the way to administrative work and still being my biggest supporter on the race course. Besides her, my mother and father, my massage therapist as well as a few close friends and training partners who all play important roles as part of my “team”.


What is your passion next to endurance sports? I love to travel and discover new places. I am passionate about organizing the best possible trip, thus combining adventure and training/racing commitments while trying to travel in style and getting most out of it all.

Who would you be if you weren’t a professional athlete? I probably still would be doing some office job (like I am now, part time) but taking my high ambitions from sports to the business world…


What does no one tell you about being a professional athlete? That it is a long and never ending development process. Overcoming new challenges, year by year, month by month, day by day. Everything is on the move, constantly. Nothing is given.


What was the best piece of running advice you ever received? Stay in the flow and think positive. Enjoy the moment to switch off your mind and feel your body doing its most natural thing: run!


What advice do you have for someone who wants to follow in your footsteps? Enjoy what you do and never forget why you choose to do this sport. Do not focus on the result but the process, stay excited and happy rather than following a path that only looks good on paper! That said, embrace the challenge, all the ups and downs and big emotional moments that come with the life as a professional athlete. Always stay the person you are.


Why On? On supports my natural way of running and the shoes fit me perfectly. I feel comfortable and fast the same time! Besides, I like the story that comes with the company: its spirit and the people behind it. Not to deny the companies Swiss origin also strikes true to me to be honest.


Read what goes through the mind of an Ironman during a race with Ruedi Wild in his home-town event of Zurich here.  

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