Where to Perform Trail Running in Switzerland
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.
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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.
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
24.10 Vertical KM of Fully
25.10 Generoso Trail