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Ultra Tour Monte Rosa

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!

Trails

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

170 km - 4 stages Stage Race +/-11,600m
48h
September 1st 2021 06:00
170 km Ultra Tour +/-11,600m
60h
September 2nd 2021 04:00
100 km 3 Passes +/-6,400m
28h
September 3rd 2021 09:00

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  • petter restorp ultra trail runner

    For me UTMR is the mountain race of mountain races. The remote trails, the brutal elevation profile and the stunning scenery will take your breath away in every way.

    Petter Restorp, Swedish mountain runner / La Sportiva
  • Ruth Croft ultra runner

    The course was challenging but the scenery was even more rewarding.
    I loved the intimacy of UTMR, the opportunity to meet new people, and share the trails with them for three days….

    Ruth Croft, NZ, Team Scott
  • Anders Kartik Jensen ultra runner utmr square

    I think UTMR just became one of my favourite races, its has everything – super well organised with great ambiance, beautiful scenery and a really tough and technical course – what more can you ask for?

    Anders Kartik Jensen, HK, Stage racing fanatic!

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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 as a single-day ultra race, or as a four-day stage race of 41, 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 of 170 km it is a serious challenge – bold, brutal and beautiful – and as a stage race, it’s a lot of fun. Come and try it!

 

– Lizzy Hawker, Race Director, UTMR