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Roberto Rivola

Roberto Rivola
La Punt, Switzerland

Swiss Athletics Instructor for Mountain and Trail Running

A bit about me

I grew up in the Swiss canton of Ticino and have spent my professional life in various regions of Switzerland. I settled in the Engadine area in 2013. This is where I find inspiration, live my passion for nature, and apply my communications and language skills.

For years I have been constantly exploring the world by running mountain, desert and stage races. Preparing and training in the Engadine area is ideal, as I benefit from the altitude and the countless trails. Whilst Val Poschiavo and Val Bregaglia are some of my favorite places, I know almost every trail in the region and communicate with my guests in English, German, Italian or French.

Trail running background

I have many years of experience as a mountain and desert ultrarunner. So far, I have completed ten stage runs of up to 250 km in various deserts (Sahara, Gobi, Atacama, Namibia) and in rough terrain as well (Hawaii, Grand Canyon, Iceland).

The Engadine mountains are my home, and a great place to run. In mountain running competitions of up to 170 km, including Swissalpine, Irontrail and Swisspeaks among others, I’ve often ended with podium finishes in my age group.

Why I love guiding

I enjoy sharing the amazing Swiss Alps scenery with my guests, introducing them to the best trails, and providing them with some advice about running in the mountains — and in the deserts as well — if they want it!

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Roberto Rivola running above a glacier in Engadine
Roberto Rivola running along a mountain lake in Engadine
Roberto Rivola crossing the finish line of Engadine Ultraks
Roberto Rivola running along a small mountain lake in the Engadine

Roberto Rivola running in the Engadine in eastern Switzerland (Photo: Robert Rivola).


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.