Where to Perform Trail Running in Switzerland

by | Apr 9, 2020 | Bern, Valais | 0 comments

Switzerland offers great landscapes to perform trail running. Trail running is not only practiced in the mountains, but also through terrains. Running one can enjoy watching lakes and glaciers, rocks and grass, forests and lush pastures.

Almost every alpine village has its own running trails. There are over 50 000 km of the identified trails with the destination name. The choice is really vast so get ready to pick up your running shoes and a bottle of water.

The most favorable destinations to perform trail running in Switzerland are the Valais and the Bernese Oberland. Located along the border with France and Italy, Valais is well-known for its fifty peaks over 4,000 meters, among them Matterhorn, world’s famous triangle peak. Major running destinations in the Valais are Bettmeralp, the Lötschental valley, Champery, Champex, the Val d’Anniviers, the Val d’Hérens and Crans-Montana.

Photo: Maria Talanova / suissepic

The Bernese Oberland is a part of the German-speaking canton of Bern.  Much of its area is part of the UNESCO Jungfrau-Aletsch protected area including some of Switzerland’s most renowned peaks like the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau. This region offers a network of specially designed routes in Kanderstag, Lenk, Adelboden, Murren, and Engelberg.

In Switzerland there are over 30 trail races each year, from June through to the end of October. They include some of the best-known mountain runs in the world such as Sierre Zinal Trail and Matterhorn Ultraks and local ones Fully-Sorniot Trail and Trail Dents du Midi.

Here is a quick reference guide to some highlight trail races in Switzerland this year.

12-14.06 Scenic Trail

13.06 Trail du Jura bernois

27.06 Mountainrun Grindelwald

03-04.07 Bernina Ultracks

04-05.07 Trail Verbier-St. Bernard

12.07 Rougemont Videmanette Run

17.07 Eiger Ultra Trail

18.07 Gruyère Trail Charmey

25.07 Trail du Velan

09.08 S Sierre-Zinal Trail

14-15.08 Supertrail du Barlatay

14-16.08  Swiss Alps Endurance Run

16.08 Engadin Summer Run

17-18.08 Mountain Man

21-22.08 Matterhorn Ultracks

29.08  Nendaz Trail

29.08 Trail de Besso

30.08-06.09 Swiss Peaks Trail

20.09 Fully-Sorniot Trail

19.09 Trail Dents du Midi

20.09 Préalpes Trail de Mouret

26.09 Humani’Trail

24.10 Vertical KM of Fully

25.10 Generoso Trail