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Runner climbing to Monte Moro pass

Stage 4: Macugnaga to Grächen

44.1 km with the promise of an exceptional mountain experience on the Monte Moro pass.

The final stage that completes the kora of Monte Rosa, and definitely a privilege to run this in daylight as a stage racer. You’ll be glad if your race strategy has kept some reserve energy for this stage.

Route summary

For runner Ruth Croft, this was her favourite stage. “It did start off with tired legs and a relentless, steep climb in the dark, but things quickly turned around with the epic sunrise on Monte Moro Pass,” she says. See the stage profile below, the climb is indeed relentless!

In the rifugio at the pass On Running situate their awesome aid-station (see the video below), where you most need it. Recharged, there is a technical descent into Switzerland with “views of the turquoise Mattmarksee, sitting between the massifs of Rimpfischhorn and Stellihorn,” remembers Croft.

After a long runnable section to Saas Fee, the day is only half over. The Höhenweg comes next – 20 km of unrelenting twisting and undulating trail. It’s the final challenge of this Bold, Brutal & Beautiful course.

Stage 4 highlights

  • Sunrise on the southern face of Monte Rosa from Passo Monte Moro. A glorious sight in clear weather.
  • Generous attention at the Monte Moro aid station, run by the On team.
  • The satisfying technical descent into Switzerland with views of the Turquoise Mattmarksee.
  • Completing the challenge of the airy Höhenweg.
  • The smooth descent into Grächen where a warm welcome will await you.

Date
4 Sep, 2021
Distance
44.1 km
Ascent
+2900m
Descent
-2580m
Start time
06:00
Time limit
12:00

From Space

UTMR earth stage 4 track 2021 1920

On the pass…

Stage 4 was my favourite. And tough with tired legs. But the epic sunrise on Monte Moro Pass & views down to the turquoise Mattmarksee, it was one of those times where I had to stop running for a moment just to take it all in.
Ruth Croft Scott Trail Running
ruth croft ultra runner

How it looks!

Photos from the stage over the years.

Stage 4 profile

UTMR stage race 4

Checkpoints, distances, elevation and cutoff times

Check points km Cum. km Altitude m m Cutoff time Refreshments* Drop out possible? Medical
START (11) Macugnaga 0.0 0.0 1310 ↑ 00 ↓ 00
12 Passo Monte Moro 6.5 6.5 2789 ↑ 1333 ↓ 18
13 Saas Fee 16.6 23.1 1792 ↑ 296 ↓ 1170
12:00
14 Hannigalp 17.1 40.2 2123 ↑ 1006 ↓ 718
FINISH Grächen 3.8 44.0 1618 ↑ 25 ↓ 464
18:00
  • Water
  • Snack
  • Meal
  • Firstaid
  • Ambulance
  • Dropbag
  • Rest
  • Toilets

PDF maps

 PDF Map A    PDF Map B    PDF Map C  

GPS tracks

 GPX File    KML File  

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ITRA

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Results

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