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Michael Lenz

Michael Lenz
Hometown
Malans, Switzerland
Certifications

Austrian Trail Running Association Certification

A bit about me

I grew up in Heidiland (where Johanna Spyri’s ‘Heidi’ was based) at the foot of majestic mountains at the entrance to the canton of Graubünden, in the southeast of Switzerland. I spent most of my younger years mountain biking, running and exploring the natural environment around me. After a few years living in Bern, Zurich and Lucerne, Switzerland, I finally moved back to the region I love so much to start offering my own trail running tours. I now live in Malans, from where I have access to all kinds of trails in the mountains I know very well.

Trail running background

I have always loved spending time in the mountains and exploring remote areas. Trail running therefore came naturally – and was sometimes necessary to get back home in time for dinner! I mostly enjoy races of distances from 25-50 km in technical terrain, with a good amount of elevation. I love to be part of this vibrant community, but still live for those long, remote, solo mountain adventures.

Why I love guiding

Running in the mountains is what gives me pure joy and energy. It’s the most natural way of moving, allowing us to experience our beautiful natural environment so intensely. I love sharing these precious moments with like-minded runners. It’s simply more fun, and I still learn something about nature and myself with every hour spent in the mountains.

Guide website
Guide website
Region coverage
Alpstein
Engadine
Berner Oberland
German-speaking Valais
Ticino
Independent guide fee
$440
Gallery
Michael Lenz and alpacas

Michael Lenz, running guide, in Heidiland, eastern Switzerland (Photo: Ivan Neyer)

Five trail runners on a ridge in Malbun with sun rays

Michael Lenz, running guide, in Malbun, Liechtenstein (Pädi Luchs)

Blog

In Defense of Savoring: Hillary Gerardi Reflects on her Mont Blanc FKT

In Defense of Savoring: Hillary Gerardi Reflects on her Mont Blanc FKT

Instead of asking, “What’s next?”, what would it look like if we slowed down a bit and really took the time to anticipate, live, and savor our experiences?

Guided

The Wild Italian Alps: A Taste of Tor des Géants

The Wild Italian Alps: A Taste of Tor des Géants

We’re eager to take you to the Alps of northwestern Italy. Our new trip to this region follows the first section of the legendary 330 km Tor des Géants ultra endurance event, from Courmayeur to Cogne, Italy.

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Trail Running Chamonix Mont Blanc

Trail Running Chamonix Mont Blanc

30 of the best routes in the world's top trail running destination: Chamonix and around Mont Blanc, with GPX files of every route