6-9 September 2017: 116km & 170km ultras + 3 & 4-day stage races -- REGISTER NOW!
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4-Stage Race Info

6-9 September, 2017 - 170km in 4 stages - D+ : 11,300m

Length : 170km (4-stages) – D+ : 11,300m – Start time : 06:00 – 6 September 2017 – Grächen

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Wild spaces, numerous 4000m mountains in every direction, and non-busy trails – this is where I chose to train for UTMB and other races. This is the format I trained in – going around Monte Rosa in long days, staying with my friends in villages and refugios along the way. It’s a tough trail, high and technical in many places – and prior mountain running experiences is needed – but so beautiful. The stage race is a great format. You can enjoy the views across meadows and mountains in daylight, and socialise and dine with the competitors in afternoons and evenings.

The stage race has a mix of great athletes running for the day’s podium alongside those looking to challenge themselves. The UTMR stage event is an immensely fun way to race the UTMR route. I am sure you will enjoy it.

– Lizzy Hawker

Course data

Key Stage I Stage II Stage III Stage IV 
StageWednesday 6 SeptemberThursday 7 SeptemberFriday 8 SeptemberSaturday 9 September
Distance36.7 km42.9 km45.2 km44.2 km
D+/D-+2224,m / -2,206m+2,984m / -2,971m+3,276m / -3,583m+2,844m / -2,518m
StartGrächen, SwitzerlandZermatt, SwitzerlandGressoney la Trinité, ItalyMacugnaga, Italy
Start Time06:0006:0006:0006:00
FinishZermatt, SwitzerlandGressoney la Trinité, ItalyMacugnaga, ItalyGrächen, Switzerland
Time Limit12 hrs12 hrs12 hrs12 hrs

Certifications

ITRA Certifcation
Endurance: 5
Mountain: 11
Finisher: 340

The ITRA listing of the races is on the ITRA website calendar.

UTMB Certifcation

The 4-day stage race offers 5 (new) points for the UTMB. See here for the UTMB listing.

Stage I

Grächen to Zermatt

Profile of Stage I
Images from Stage I
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Stage I downloadable files

Checkpoints, aid stations, cutoff times

Check points KM Altitude Cutoff time Type of supplies* Drop out possible? Medical
CP1 - Europahütte17.1km2261m12:00    
Provisions similar to water, coca-cola, tea, fruit, dried biscuits, bread, cheese etc.
CP2 - Taschalpe26.4km2162m   
Provisions similar to water, coca-cola, tea.
Finish - Zermatt36.8km1624m    
Provisions similar to water, tea, fruit, bread.

Stage II

Zermatt to Gressoney-la-Trinité

Profile of Stage II
Images from Stage II
Stage II downloadable files

Checkpoints, aid stations, cutoff times

Check points KM Altitude Cutoff time Type of supplies* Drop out possible? Medical
CP4 - Gandeghütte10.1km2929m    
Provisions similar to water, tea, fruit, bread.
CP5 - Lago Cime Bianche18.2km2831m   
Provisions similar to water, coca-cola, tea.
CP6 - Rifugio Ferraro30.7km2068m14:00  Yes  
Provisions similar to water, coca-cola, tea, fruit, biscuits, bread, cheese etc.
Finish - Gressoney-la-Trinité43.0km1828m    
Provisions similar to water, tea, fruit, bread.

Stage III

Gressoney-la-Trinité to Macugnaga

Profile of Stage III
Images from Stage III
Stage III downloadable files

Checkpoints, aid stations, cutoff times

Check points KM Altitude Cutoff time Type of supplies* Drop out possible? Medical
CP8 - Passo dei Salati8.9km2922m   
Provisions similar to water, coca-cola, tea.
CP9 - Alagna20.2km1193m12:00  Yes  
Provisions similar to water, coca-cola, tea, fruit, biscuits, bread, cheese etc.
CP10 - Quarazza41.1km1369m   
Provisions similar to water, coca-cola, tea.
Finish - Macugnaga45.7km1309m    
Provisions similar to water, tea, fruit, bread.

Stage IV

Macugnaga to Grächen

Profile of Stage IV
Images from Stage IV
Stage IV downloadable files

Checkpoints, aid stations, cutoff times

Check points KM Altitude Cutoff time Type of supplies* Drop out possible? Medical
CP12 - Monte Moro Pass6.8km2840m   
Provisions similar to water, coca-cola, tea.
CP13 - Saas Fee23.7km1796m12:00  Yes  
Provisions similar to water, coca-cola, tea, fruit, biscuits, bread, cheese etc.
CP14 - Hannigalp41.1km2126m   
Provisions similar to water, coca-cola, tea.
Finish - Grächen44.2km1619m    
Provisions similar to water, coca-cola, bouillon, bread, fruit, chia charge bars.

Race programme

Tuesday 5 September - Grächen (CH)
14:00 - 19:30Registrations and kit check
Wednesday 6 September
05:45Pre-race briefing
06:00Stage I start from Grächen
until 18:00Info point at the finish line in Zermatt
Thursday 7 September
05:45Pre-race briefing
06:00Stage II start from Zermatt
until 18:00Info point at the finish line in Gressoney-la-Trinité
Friday 8 September
05:45Pre-race briefing
06:00Stage III start from Gressoney-la-Trinité
until 18:00Info point at the finish line in Macugnaga
Saturday 9 September
05:45Pre-race briefing
06:00Stage IV start from Macugnaga
12:00First finishers of the stage race expected in Grächen
16:30Children's race in Grächen
18:00Close of UTMR Stage Race in Grächen
19:00Buffet dinner, prize giving and closing celebrations

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