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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)


Every Trail Runner’s Biggest Fear: Keeping Up With the Group

Every Trail Runner’s Biggest Fear: Keeping Up With the Group

I’m not sure I can run up those hills. What if I’m the slowest? How do I know which trip is right for me?


Trail Run with The Mirnavator in Switzerland!

Trail Run with The Mirnavator in Switzerland!

Mirna Valerio, aka “The Mirnavator,” is back again this summer, and we could not be happier! This time, we’re headed to Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland, home of the iconic Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau.

New gear

Patagonia Black Hole Duffel

Patagonia Black Hole Duffel

A few years ago, we started looking for the perfect bag for our clients to move their belongings from inn to inn, when they’re trail running the Tour du Mont-Blanc. This is it! The 55-liter size has enough room for a few sets of town clothes and personal effects.