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Michael Lenz

Michael Lenz
Malans, Switzerland

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
Berner Oberland
German-speaking Valais
Independent guide fee
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)


Giving Thanks:  Steph Lefferts Reflects on 2023 (Video)

Giving Thanks:  Steph Lefferts Reflects on 2023 (Video)

Run the Alps Tour Manager Steph Lefferts reflects on our past season and shares what she’s most thankful for.


Tim Tollefson in the Alps

Tim Tollefson in the Alps

Run the Alps is thrilled to be partnering with our friend and one of the world’s best-known trail runners, Tim Tollefson, for a unique and memorable trip!

New gear

Breezy Mornings Merino Beanie

Breezy Mornings Merino Beanie

Fact: We’re kind of picky about our beanies. Some are not thick enough, some are too thick. Some of us (no names, please) have big heads and find some big-name outdoors brands (no names, please) to have, well, not enough volume under the dome.