Ultrarunning in Switzerland: An overview of Ultra Runs, Ultra Marathons and Ultra Trails in Switzerland.

The dates for all Ultra Races in Switzerland, including registration, course, schedule, results and more details.

More than 40ultra runs take place in Switzerland every year. Most of these events are trails, with a distance of 45 km or longer. But there are also one or two exciting ultra runs away from the mountains.

Basically, an ultra run is described as a running event that is longer than a marathon. The marathon has a length of 42.195 km. This means that if the distance of a race is longer than 42.195 km, it is an ultra race. There are no upper limits. There are also ultra runs with distances of well over 100 kilometers. The usual distances on the road, however, are 50 km and 100 km as well as ultra runs over 12 hours and 24 hours.

What are ultratrails?

Off-road ultratrails take place in the mountains. The length of these runs depends entirely on the route. However, there is another challenge with ultratrails: the altitude. Ultratrails not only involve running long distances, but also climbing several 1,000 meters in altitude. In addition to a large portion of endurance, some mountain experience and caution are also expected from the athletes.

The most famous ultras in Switzerland

The "non plus ultra" in the Swiss ultra running calendar is the Bieler Lauftage (Biel Running Days), in which around 4,000 athletes take part every year. The supreme discipline is the 100 km run in Biel. Alternatively, participants can also run 56 km.

Otherwise, the ultratrails dominate in Switzerland. The offer is overwhelming. One of the biggest challenges is definitely the Scenic Trail in Tesserete (Ticino), which has only been held since 2013, but has made a big name for itself among trail runners. For example, the event has won the Swiss Ultra Trail Award several times. The main competition covers 113 km and 7,400 meters of altitude.

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Other well-known ultra runs in the mountains are the Swiss International Mountain Marathon, the Swissalpine Marathon, the Gondo Marathon, the Swiss Irontrail, the Montreux Trail Festival, the Eiger Ultra Trail and the Swiss Canyon Trail. Now you are spoilt for choice as to which of these breathtaking ultra trails you would like to start on.

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Ultra Runs 2022 in Switzerland: Top-Events

Gornergrat Zermatt Marathon

 
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Icon Date | 08:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Sankt Niklaus
Icon Competitions 45,595 km (2.458 Hm) / 42,195 km (1.944 Hm) / 21,2 km (1.850 Hm) / 21,1 km (1.336 Hm)

Bieler Lauftage / 100Km Biel-Bienne

 
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Icon Date | 21:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Biel
Icon Competitions 100 km / 21,1 km / 11 km

Swissalpine

 
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Icon Date | 08:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Chur
Icon Competitions 47,2 km (3.009 Hm) / 29,5 km (1.431 Hm) / 11,2 km (715 Hm)

Scenic Trail

 
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Icon Date | 12:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Tesserete
Icon Competitions 167 km (12.000 Hm) / 113 km (7.400 HM) / 54 km (3.800 Hm) / 27 km (2.200 Hm) / 18 km (1.150 Hm) / Vertical 4Km (900m)

Matterhorn Ultraks

 
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Icon Date | 07:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Zermatt
Icon Competitions 49 km (3.600 Hm) / 32 km (2.000 Hm) / 24 km (2.750 Hm) 19 km (1.100 Hm) / 2,3 km (655 Hm)

SOLA Stafette Zürich

 
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Icon Date | 07:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Zürich
Icon Competitions 113,85 km (2.685 Hm)

Eiger Ultra Trail

 
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Icon Date | 04:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Grindelwald
Icon Competitions 250 km (20'000Hm) 101 km (6.685 Hm) / 51 km / 35 km / 16 km / 0,85 km / 0,35 km

47. SIMM - Swiss International Mountain Marathon 13.+14.08.2022 Surcuolm / Obersaxen / Surselva (GR) Schweiz

 
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Icon Date | 10:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Surcuolm
Icon Competitions Total ca. 25 – 50 Leistungs-km pro Tag über 2 Etappen mit Overnight-Camp

Arosa Trailrun

 
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Icon Date | 07:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Arosa
Icon Competitions 52,9 km (3.391 Hm) / 21,1 km (1.338 Hm) / 14,8 km (974 Hm)

Montreux Trail Festival

 
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Icon Date | 04:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Montreux
Icon Competitions 112 km (8.500 Hm) / 55 km (4.200 Hm) / 30 km (2.100 Hm) / 15 km (950 Hm) / 2 km

Swiss Canyon Trail

 
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Icon Date | 05:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Couvet
Icon Competitions 111 km / 81 km / 51 km / 31 km

Swiss Trail Tour

 
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Icon Date | 11:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Lenk
Icon Competitions 30 / 37 / 23 Km für Tour bzw. 41 / 55 / 50 Km für Ultra

Bielersee (Ultra-) Läufe

 
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Icon Date | 09:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Nidau
Icon Competitions 50 km / 40 km / 21,1 km

Swiss Alps 100

 
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Icon Date | 09:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Fiesch
Icon Competitions 160 km / 100 km / 50 km / 7 km

SwissPeaks Trail

 
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Icon Date | 12:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Oberwald
Icon Competitions 360 km (25.200 Hm) / 170 km (10.580 Hm) / 90 km (6.140 Hm) / 45 km (3.530 Hm) / 35 km (2.460 Hm) / 15 km (760 Hm)

Gondo Marathon

 
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Icon Date |
Icon Venue Zwischbergen
Icon Competitions 84 km (4.200 Hm) / 42 km (2.000 Hm) / 28 km (1.200 Hm) / 0,8 km

CRUX Winter Ultra Run

 
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Icon Date | 08:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Kollbrunn
Icon Competitions 54 km/2500 m / 28 km

Les Courses du Mont-Terrible

 
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Icon Date | 07:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Fontenais
Icon Competitions 106 km / 70 km / 50 km / 36 km / 23,5 km / 15,2 km / 9,1 km / 5,6 km

Trail Verbier Saint-Bernard

 
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Icon Date | 22:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Verbier
Icon Competitions 140 km (9.300 Hm) / 76 km (5.300 Hm) / 44 km (3.400 Hm) / 26 km (1.800 Hm)

Trail des Dents-du-Midi

 
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Icon Date |
Icon Venue Champéry
Icon Competitions 57 km (3.700 Hm) / 32 km / 13 km / 0,9 km

Trail des Patrouilleurs

 
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Icon Date | 05:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Crans-Montana
Icon Competitions 55 km / 40 km / 25 km / 15 km

Bielersee XXL „jenseits der Hundert“

 
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Icon Date | 12:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Nidau
Icon Competitions 200 km / 160 km / 120 km

Engadin Ultra Trail

 
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Icon Date | 06:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Samedan
Icon Competitions 102 Km (+5677 Hm) / 53 Km (+2639 Hm) / 23 Km (+1064 Hm) / 16 Km (+789 Hm)

Doppia W

 
Icon Date | 05:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Poschiavo
Icon Competitions 60 km (4.800 Hm)

Humani'Trail des Diablerets

 
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Icon Date | 06:15 Uhr
Icon Venue Les Diablerets
Icon Competitions 56 km (3.600 Hm) / 27 km (1.600 Hm) / 15 km (900 Hm) / 2 km

Greina Trail

 
Icon Date | 05:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Campo
Icon Competitions 57 km (4.000 Hm) / 27 km / 4,5 km

Supertrail du Barlatay

 
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Icon Date | 19:00 Uhr
Icon Venue L'Etivaz
Icon Competitions 104 km (6.400 Hm) / 50 km (2.900 Hm) / 26 km (1.300 Hm)

Gruyère Trail Charmey

 
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Icon Date | 06:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Charmey
Icon Competitions 54 km (3.800 Hm) / 24 km (1.500 Hm) / 11 km (800 Hm)

La Juracime

 
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Icon Date | 19:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Tavannes
Icon Competitions 78 km (2.850 Hm) - 5 Etappen

Nendaz Trail

 
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Icon Date | 05:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Haute-Nendaz
Icon Competitions 70,3 km / 31,2 km / 16,277 km

Trail Vallée de Joux

 
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Icon Date | 03:15 Uhr
Icon Venue Le Sentier
Icon Competitions 76 km / 51 km (2.400 Hm) / 36 km (1.650 Hm) / 21 km (850 Hm)

Trail du Besso

 
Icon Date | 03:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Zinal
Icon Competitions 55,8 km (5.375 Hm) / 25,5 km (2.230 Hm)

Ultra Tour Monte Rosa (UTMR)

 
Icon Date | 06:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Grächen
Icon Competitions 170 km / 100 km

FHGR Trail Run Lenzerheide

 
Icon Date |
Icon Venue Lantsch
Icon Competitions 80,1 km / 43,2 km / 26,1 km / 12,8 km / 4,3 km / 1,3 km

Einzel-u. Staffellauf/Schweizermeisterschaft 48h und 24h Lauf Brugg

 
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Icon Date | 12:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Brugg
Icon Competitions 48 Stunden / 24 Stunden / 12 Stunden / 6 Stunden

Ultratour Du Leman

 
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Icon Date | 07:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Villeneuve
Icon Competitions 175 km (810 Hm)

Les Défis des Chalets - Trail d'Agaune

 
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Icon Date | 08:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Saint-Maurice
Icon Competitions 44,3 km (3.240 Hm) / 25,4 km (1.580m HM) / 12 km (350 Hm)

JuraDéfi

 
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Icon Date | 14:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Saignelégier
Icon Competitions 75 km

Madrisa Trail

 
Icon Date | 06:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Klosters
Icon Competitions 55 km (3.200 Hm) / 24 km (1.200 Hm)

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