Category Archives: Travel

The Montreux Trail Festival: We Will Rock You. (And Your Quads.)

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Lead singer Freddie Mercury from the band Queen had a longtime connection to the Swiss town of Montreux, on the shores of Lake Geneva. The first edition of the Montreux Trail Festival kept that connection very much alive. Races were subtitled with one liners from famous Queen songs. “We will rock you” and “Another one   Continue Reading →

Aw, Shucks

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We get a lot of really nice reviews here at Run the Alps. Then, every now and then, we get a letter like this one — something that just stops us in our trail running shoes and reminds us why we love this work. Shannon, thanks. (And — oh! — read on for Simon’s response,   Continue Reading →

Julia Bleasdale on Trail Running in Switzerland’s Engadine

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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 →

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 →

Spring Happenings at Run the Alps

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It’s that time of year… we’re itching to be trail running in the Alps! Thanks to a relatively low snow year and recent warm temperatures, trail running season is coming early to the Alps. From Chamonix, France, to Grindelwald, Switzerland, our guides and ambassadors have already been out and about. Before we get really busy   Continue Reading →

SBB CFF FFS Explainer: How to do It

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There’s only one way that public transportation in Switzerland could get any easier: if the country assigned a personal concierge to each traveler. (Note to transport officials: I’m willing to help test the concept!) Still, traveling around any foreign country can be a challenge — particularly if you add in five or six hours of   Continue Reading →

Run the Alps’ August 2014 Tour

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Or, How to Trail Run Through the Alps in 12 Days I have a bit of a problem with Switzerland, when it comes to trail running. When friends ask, “So, what’s the trail running like over there?” I start with the usual suspects: classic mountain huts, vistas that do literally get you to stop in   Continue Reading →

Swissalpine Marathon: Random Impressions

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Changing trains in Landquart, my last switch before arriving in Davos, I’m uncertain which track I want. I look around me, and realize everyone looks like a runner. They’re moving towards platform 2. I follow and hop on the train. Salomon, Inov8, Nathan and Patagonia. I don’t even bother to check the destination. Davos is   Continue Reading →

Swissalpine K42: A Short Story

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Starting off on a long, hard run is a bit like being handed a book to read without a cover or title. As the pages unfold, you come to find out what each successive chapter has in store for you. Misery? Elation? New friends, wild animals, injury, dramatic alpine scenery rarely glimpsed by others? The   Continue Reading →

Aletsch half-marathon 2013: Snow, Sun and a Sprint

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21.1 km, “28 years of success” according to the website, 2500 registered runners, arrival at 2800m and a breathtaking view all along: that’s the Aletsch half-marathon. I’ve been training for this not because I wanted to finish in good time, but because I wanted to be able to take advantage of the view instead of   Continue Reading →