Julia Bleasdale on Trail Running in Switzerland’s Engadin

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A long, alpine valley tucked away on Switzerland’s border with Austria and Italy, the Engadin is a special place – quieter, wilder and more remote than much of the rest of the Swiss Alps. Harder to reach than Chamonix, Grindelwald or Zermatt, it seems to guard its own special beauty closely. British-German track and field   Continue Reading →

“My Dream Was to Run Through the Streets of Chamonix”

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“I didn’t come from a mountain background.” Mike Ambrose wasn’t kidding. Growing up in Washington Township, New Jersey, about 30 miles from Philadelphia, meant that the nearest rugged terrain was a nearly a day’s drive north. “The biggest adventure you can have in Southern New Jersey is trying out a new chain restaurant.” Add to   Continue Reading →

A New Book: Run the Alps 30 Must-Do Trail Runs in the Swiss Alps

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Sometimes, ever so rarely, the stars align. Run the Alps, in partnership with PatitucciPhoto, Swiss publisher Helvetiq, and freelance writer Kim Strom, is pleased to announce that together we will be producing a new book featuring some of the best trail runs to be found anywhere in the Swiss Alps. I could not be happier   Continue Reading →

Just One Flight Up: Stairways to Heaven Pipeline Vertical Race

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Run the Alps friend Katie Schide likes vertical. Steep, unrelenting vertical. A PhD candidate at ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), Schide found herself in Piotta, Switzerland, this past May 20, ready to run the steepest staircase in the world. Just what is the experience like? Schide sent us this report — and a few   Continue Reading →

DDM Trail: A Legendary Alps Trail Race is Back

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In the history of trail running in the Alps, there isn’t an event that goes back much farther than Trail des Dents-du-Midi, held each September in the Valais town of Champéry. The original race took place over four decades ago. (Check out this video to get a remarkable glimpse of trail racing in the early days.)   Continue Reading →

Engadin St. Moritz Ultraks: Running Wild in Paradise

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Do you know that feeling… Running on new trails, not knowing where the path will take you? Then, you turn a corner, and you find some of the most stunning views you’ve ever seen? Like you found the black pearl, the hidden treasure, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? That’s the feeling I had   Continue Reading →

A Week with the Salomon Ultra Running Academy

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Salomon. Within the trail running community, there is probably no better known word. Well, maybe Kilian, but he is part of Salomon too, after all. For years, Salomon has been leading in gear and shoes of all kinds. The company originated in Annecy, France, in 1947. It is there, in Annecy, where 16 lucky trail runners from all over   Continue Reading →

Engadin St. Moritz Ultraks: A Swiss Trail Race Series in a Special Place

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Mention Switzerland, and most people will talk about Zermatt, Grindelwald and other internationally-known Alp resorts. Here’s a secret, though: the Swiss Alps are filled with beautiful villages and mountain ranges that have stayed very much under the radar. The Engadin, a region in Eastern Switzerland near the Austrian border, is one of those special places.   Continue Reading →

Four Races, Three Ways to Win: Salomon’s Maxi-Race

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Some years ago, I remember Salomon’s Rickey Gates talking about losing a shoe in the mud at one of the most prestigious trail races in the Alps, Sierre-Zinal. The year was 2009, and he was in the lead group with a young runner named Kilian Jornet. It was a twist of fate that cost him,   Continue Reading →

The Deep End: Running Recon on the Tour du Mont-Blanc

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With 2016’s race around Mont Blanc fresh in her mind, Run the Alps participant Sarah Hansel sat down and shared her thoughts about the event. As we head into another season of trail running—with many of us eyeing one or both of the two major, upcoming race series based in Chamonix—we thought you’d enjoy her story.  It has   Continue Reading →