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Michael Lenz

HometownMalans, Switzerland

Years guiding3


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.

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Region coverage

Alpstein, Engadine, Berner Oberland, German-speaking Valais, Ticino

Fees $420 per day


  • 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)

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