Date 09/04/2019 – 09/07/2019
Race website https://www.ultratourmonterosa.com/
Distance 170 km 100 km 23 km
Elevation 11300 m 6420 m 1320 m
This epic 170km ultra marathon encircles the fabled Monte Rosa massif, starting and finishing in Grächen, in the Zermatt valley in Switzerland. You have the option of two races: The 170km in one go, or the Stage Race, which allows runners to complete the course over a period of four days.
There is also a 100km distance, which skips the Zermatt valley section, instead starting in Cervinia, Italy at the foot of the Matterhorn’s southern side – this Ultra Marathon has a time limit of 36 hours.
New for 2019 is the 23km ‘Grächen Berlauf’, or mountain run, which offers a shorter loop through woodland and high mountain meadows out of Grächen.
We can’t say it any better than the UTMR website; “majestic mountains, wild high passes, spectacular valleys, remote hamlets, traditional villages, flower filled meadows, leafy forests, mountain tarns, demanding ascents, breathtaking descents and miles and miles of superbly runnable trails – the UTMR promises you a journey through an amazingly diverse landscape, through a region rich in history, culture and tradition.”