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Ultra Tour

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1-4 September 2021

Lizzy Hawker, RD

Lizzy says, "This is where I used to do my hard training, and this route is the race I would have loved to run."

Two race styles

A stage-race or 1-day ultra - different ability friends can finish together!


Following the beautiful Tour de Monte Rosa, a long-distance trail encircling the second highest mountain in the Alps.

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  • krissy moehl ultra runner

    Everything felt perfectly dialled from a runner’s point of view. A treat to feel Lizzy’s presence on those trails!

    Krissy Moehl, Ultra Runner

    I just had the pleasure of spending three amazing days volunteering at the zero edition of UTMR. Stage racing is the most awesome way for trail runners to enjoy three days of raw trails and spend quality time with fellow trailers. Lizzy Hawker has just delivered a new event that was breathtaking in its beauty.

    Keith Byrne, 2015 volunteer, Senior Marketing Director, The North Face EMEA
  • François Jeunet

    Congratulations and thank you to all! Your organisation, the race, the team and the atmosphere were awesome! It was a nice and friendly three days, with a lot of sharing and exchanges with beautiful people!

    François Jeunet, 2015 runner, France




About the race

Ultra Tour Monte Rosa is a 100 mile / 170 km ultra trail race along a classic European long distance footpath, the Tour de Monte Rosa. The race route leads anticlockwise around the Monte Rosa massif, making a compete circuit of the Mischabel Peaks and the 4000m summits of the Nadelgrat ridge. At 4634m Monte Rosa is the second highest mountain in the Alps and western Europe. On its eastern side the mountain falls away in an almost vertical 2,400m wall of granite and ice, the biggest in Europe. The route encircles a total of 29 of the 4000m summits, and is surrounded by many more, a magnificent landscape!

The Ultra Tour Monte Rosa event consists of 100 miles / 170 km in a single ultra race, or as a four-day stage race of 37, 42, 45 and 44 km. There is also a 100 km race from Gressoney to Grächen called the UTMR 3 Passes Ultra.

The full tour is an alternative to the UTMB, though more technical and more wild, taking runners 20% longer to complete than the UTMB course. The races are held in early September, the optimal time for stable weather and for the high passes to be clear of snow.

About the race

While I was running these trails around Monte Rosa, my training ground for the UTMB, I thought “this is the race I would really like to run”. It didn’t exist so we’ve created it for you to enjoy. As a one-stage race it is a serious challenge – bold, brutal and beautiful – and in stages, it’s a lot of fun. Come and try it!

– Lizzy Hawker, Race Director, UTMR