Sierre-Zinal is, without a doubt, one of the most famous trail races in the world, and for good reason: The course includes some of the best scenery, anywhere, passing through small Alpine villages, mountain pastures, and with striking views much of the way. Sierre-Zinal is also one of the longest-running trail races in Europe, having started more than 40 years ago. Called the “Race of the Five 4,000 meter peaks,” runners can catch sight of five of the most famous peaks of the alps: the Weisshorn, Obergablehorn, Dent Blanche, Zinalrothhorn, and the Matterhorn. The route begins in the Rhone valley, climbs steeply to gain a ridge, then stays above treeline, until plummeting over 500 meters to the mountain village of Zinal, at the end of the valley and near the Italian border. Considered the “New York Marathon” of the Alps trail racing scene, the race routinely draws the best trail runners in the world. Sierre-Zinal Run the Alps blog post.
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