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A picture of the new Europaweg route from Zermatt to Grachen opened in summer 2021

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A picture of the new Europaweg route from Zermatt to Grachen opened in summer 2021

Europaweg: new GPS routes 2021 – Grächen to Europahütte and Zermatt

UTMR Admin

Yet again the Europaweg changes its route! This time it’s been improved to make an easier climb towards the Europahütte with less time on the old Europaweg balcony routes, but still plenty of nice scenery. You can download the GPS track (and Google Earth KML file below).

A picture of the new Europaweg route  from Zermatt to Grachen opened in summer 2021
The new Europaweg route opened in summer 2021

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Jan 30

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Darcy Piceu, ultra runner hoka

Darcy Piceu to run 2021 Ultra Tour Monte Rosa!

Lizzy Hawker

We welcome Darcy Piceu to the 2021 Ultra Tour Monte Rosa to compete with Jasmin Paris, Roman Evarts, Tom Owens, Matthieu Girard and others!

Darcy has been running ultramarathons for 20 years and has completed over 103 ultra races. Some of her notable accomplishments include 3 time Hardrock 100 winner, 3 time Wasatch Front 100 winner, with additional first places finishes at Bighorn 100, Hurt 100, Angeles Crest 100, Rhonda Del Cims 170k, Javelina 100, Bigfoot 120, The Bear 100 and Cascade Crest 100. Darcy also holds the women’s supported Fastest Known Time on the 211 mile John Muir Trail. When she’s not running, Darcy loves to ski. She works as a Psychotherapist in Boulder, Colorado working with youth in the schools and has a private practice. Above all else, Darcy is a Mom to one incredible 12 year old daughter, Sophia.

Darcy Piceu

We asked her a few questions about why she’d like to try UTMR in 2021!

Q. Did someone recommend the race to you? If so, what did they say about it that made you look more into UTMR and what it was?

I’ve known about this 170 km ultra trail race for years and have wanted to run this course for quite some time.  The timing hasn’t worked for me in years past, but I’m over the moon to run the UTMR course this year! I imagine Lizzy’s style of running and sense of adventure is similar to my own and cannot wait to see what she has created with this race!

Q. What aspect of the race (or parts of the course) are you looking forward to?

The mountain scenery!  Just seeing new trails and the surrounding mountains is what I am looking forward to the most,  AND sharing the trails with others in the running community.

Q. Will you be training this year with UTMR specifically in mind or just keeping in form through racing?

I will be training early and often this year leading up to other mountain courses (including Hardrock 100).  I am hopeful that this training will be sufficient enough for UTMR as well.

Q. Does Pizza work for you at checkpoints? What do you rely on to keep you going?

Pizza is great!  I also love potato chips and Coke.  

Q. Do you have any secret tips to share with other runners that you’ve learned over the years, which increase your chance of finishing?

Have patience with yourself and know that you will have low points, but they are temporary. Eat and drink early and often!

Q. Do you talk to yourself a lot when the going gets tough? What do you find helps keep you going when it’s feeling very tough?

YES!  I talk to myself and give myself little pep talks along the way.  Sometimes music can also help with boosting mood.  

Good luck with your training and races this year Darcy and see you in September!

Endurance runner Darcy Piceu
Endurance runner Darcy Piceu will run the UTMR 100 mile course in September 2021

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Jan 26

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Jasmin Paris climbing at Tromso Sky Race

Jasmin Paris will compete in the 170 km Ultra Tour for 2021

Lizzy Hawker

We’re very happy to welcome Jasmin Paris as one of the elite women running the 170 km Ultra Tour in 2021!

Jasmin is British and is extremely well known in Great Britain as a fell runner, and became known on the international stage as a sky runner after her victory in the 2016 Skyrunner World Series (Sky Extreme) and bronze medal at the 2016 Skyrunning World Championships (Sky Ultra). She received significant media attention for her overall win in the 268 mile / 430 km Spine Race in 2019.

We wanted to introduce Jasmin to UTMR followers and ask her if she would share some advice from her wealth of experience with other UTMR runners this year.

Jasmin Paris running UTMB 2016
In her first attempt at a 100+ mile distance race, Jasmin finished 6th woman at the 2016 Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB). © www.inov-8.com / James Mackeddie

I’m really excited about racing the UTMR. I’ve heard so many good things about it, and it sounds exactly like the kind of race, or even just run, I enjoy most: technical, slightly off the beaten track and allowing you to get away from it all in the big mountains.

Jasmin Paris

Jasmin, for our international runners who might not know of your achievements, please introduce yourself!

I’m an ultra distance hill and trail runner based in Scotland, where I live with my husband, our two young children, and border collie dog. When I’m not working as a vet, or caring for the little ones, I love being out in the mountains. I will be returning to racing this year following the birth of my youngest child in 2020 and I’m really excited about racing the UTMR. I’ve heard so many good things about it, and it sounds exactly like the kind of race, or even just run, I enjoy most: technical, slightly off the beaten track and allowing you to get away from it all in the big mountains. I’ll be bringing my family with me and I know they will enjoy joining in with the friendly atmosphere of the race and cheering everyone along!

Q. Do you have any secret tips to share with other runners that you’ve learned over the years, which increase your chance of finishing?

I think that a huge part of running an ultra race is in the mind, it’s about having the self belief and the determination to keep going when things get hard. I’ve found through experience that I typically have at least one bad patch on any long race, but now that I know to expect it, I’m better equipped mentally to deal with it. I’ve learnt that as long as I keep eating, and keep looking after myself, things will start to feel easier again. I try to keep moving as much as I can, even if it’s at a slow pace, but remember that time spent checking navigation, putting on clothes before I get cold, or getting more food from my pack is always a good investment in the long run.

Jasmin Paris climbing at Tromso Sky Race
Jasmin Paris at the Tromso Sky Race ©Kilian Jornet

Q. Do you talk to yourself a lot when the going gets tough? What do you find helps keep you going when it’s feeling very tough?

Sometimes I talk to myself, and sometimes I sing – in fact I’ve found that singing out loud is a great way to keep oneself awake. When things get very tough, I tend to think of my family, and how we’ll spend our time together again once the race is over. I try to focus on something positive, and hold that image, or else let my mind drift and not think of anything at all – just fall into a sort of meditative state. 

Jasmin, we look forward to welcoming you and your family to Grächen in September! Best of luck!


Note: the 170 km Ultra Tour is filling up fast. Pre-register now to reserve your place. There are still plenty of places available for the 100 km Ultra 3 Passes trail race from Gressoney in Italy, to Grächen, Switzerland.

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Feb 21

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Roman Evarts on his 2019 UTMR experience

UTMR Admin

Elite athlete Roman Evarts, 6th place in the 2018 UTMB, gives some insight into his experience at the 2019 Ultra Tour Monte Rosa. He is happily returning for the 2020 race. Good luck Roman!

You can find him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/romans.evarts & follow his results on his ITRA page.

Choices, choices…

End of summer for many ultra-trail running enthusiasts is a time to lace up the shoes for a long and epic race. No doubts – the end of August or the beginning of September is the best time to undertake some mountainous 100 miles. It’s not steamy hot anymore and there is plenty of time during the summer months to run long and fun runs in the mountains in order to get ready for a big day.

Many of you are targeting UTMB and it definitely is worth trying out. It’s a very pleasant experience for those who are taking on their first 100 miler. Event trails are not very technical; there are plenty of checkpoints with rich food selection and even sleeping options in the middle of the distance. But the best thing about UTMB is the handful of fellow runners around, who can give you a mental boost and cheer you up during your low moments. Or kill you with their pace – yes. Be smart when looking for friends on trails!

I have done UTMB twice. The first time I went there with little expectation, not much training and most of the race I was enjoying the company of the French speaking people with having no idea what they were talking about. Finishing 35th, I realised that I need to do more than 6 weeks of training beforehand and maybe learn some French. My second attempt in 2018 went better and I finished 6th. That’s it, no more UTMB for me, as I have explored the same trails twice and took part in the competitive side of the event as well. Time to move on!

UTMR became my 2019 choice as it met all the criteria I set for a 100 milers:

  • Not during the hot summer months (I hate running in the heat)
  • In the Alps (the best location for me)
  • Technical (tripping over and stumbling is the way to go)
  • Steep (I like to power hike)
  • Circumnavigate course (I love to make rounds)
  • Easy to enter (I can’t stand deciding about the entering 6 months in advance or planning some qualifiers)

 

Everything sounded great and the fact that race director Lizzy Hawker claimed that the course is more demanding than UTMB’s route sounded even better.

The UTMR race 2019

Grächen, a little Swiss village high above the valley leading to Zermatt and legendary Matterhorn, is the starting place of UTMR.

Runners line up in the local community building to get bibs and pass the equipment check. This race doesn’t have the excessive hype of the UTMB and most of the people are super relaxed and very friendly: they are here to have a good time rather than beat the sh*t out of other people in order to get recognition and potential sponsors’ attention.  I got my number “69” and was ready to go eat and sleep before a 4 am start.

After a great night’s sleep, me and another few hundred enthusiasts are ready to find their way around Monte Rosa. The race will take us to Italy and back to Switzerland circumnavigating the hiking loop around one of the biggest collection of peaks in the Alps. Start bell rings and we are off. I am leading the race with a few other guys; among them Brit Damian Hall, who finished just a couple of minutes before me the previous year at UTMB and he is definitely one of the strongest contenders here. We are 15 km in and there is a first big climb. I am dying at this point – my legs are useless and don’t want to climb a steep hill.  All others are pushing hard and they are leaving me behind alone in the darkness. Fighting my way up I reached the top when the first sunlight started breaking through – but wait a minute – where is the sun? The entire valley has been covered in dark thick clouds and a bad weather front was approaching very fast. I got a few raindrops and some snowflakes in the next hour. At least it’s not hot.

Next stage was a rolling technical trail traversing the mountainside for about 20 km. Fun running on technical terrain got me back in a racing mood and I felt excited. Maybe overexcited. I tripped over a big stone and landed on my knee. Knee was bad before the race – swollen and full of liquid – I smashed it two weeks prior. Well, my running routine was always taking me to the kind of terrain where tripping and stumbling skills are essential. I took time for a little cry and situation reassessment. The knee was still swollen and got upgraded with a bloody wound. Trying to carry on was a good decision, as the wound wasn’t that bad and after I limped a few hundred steps I was back in shape to jog again. After I ran across the world’s longest suspension bridge I forgot about my bad knee.

40 km in I approached Zermatt. My support team was there with all delicious treats and goodbyes, as Zermatt was the only place we managed to organize transportation to.

Monte Rosa’s round is tricky in terms of logistics and I highly recommend sending all necessary food/equipment with the drop bags to the km 82, 102, 128. Even if you have a support team with a car they might not make it in time to meet you at the checkpoints.

Zermatt is a holiday destination and mostly famous because of great views of the Matterhorn, an epic peak at the backdrop of the village. If the skies are clear you can see it from everywhere in the valley. During our race the weather wasn’t that great and I’m assuming nobody saw the Matterhorn that day. Even the run up to 3300m didn’t provide us with any glimpse of the mountain. That particular climb from Zermatt to Teodulo, (the hut at the border between Switzerland and Italy) was steep and with a glacier on it. We put on our micro-spikes and spent some good 40 min traveling up the glacier chatting with another runner Jason, who caught me on the way up.

runners crossing theodul glacier, Tour Monte Rosa

Glacier crossing!

Italy welcomed us with a ray of shy sunshine and some epic views down the valley. We ran down Cervinia’s ski fields and I felt some extra boost of motivation after having a few pieces of flapjacks at the next checkpoint. I welcomed my racing mojo back and thought that it might be time to put some pressure on the front pack. I felt really great for the next 30 km of the distance and even rain didn’t kick any drop of motivation out of me.

When I arrived at the Gressoney checkpoint (km 82) I saw Damian, who was walking around in his pajamas. Right, I thought, as a real Brit he probably became afraid of miserable weather and decided to pull out. Turned out, that the race officials had made the decision to stop the race expecting snowstorms at the next stages of the race.

Ok then, what next? Yes! The first thing that every runner should do is to pretend that he is very sad about that decision: “The race only began for me and I was saving the energy for the last part of the race”. Right. Everyone was happy to finish. 82 km is a good chunk of running and personally I was very happy to finish the race and get my weekly dose of Nutella in one go. All of the finishers spent a great time together waiting for the transfer back to the Grächen; cheering newcomers, making new friends and enjoying delicious food. I loved that time more than time on my feet. Ok, probably I am not a real runner.

A 100 miler is a big commitment and most of us spend months and months building our fitness towards that specific goal. It’s normal to be sad about somebody’s decision to stop the race when all you want is to be out there trying your best. Unfortunately mountains are not the Italian mafia that you can deal with using your communication skills, connection or money. Mountains are going to kill you even if the race organisers have all the money in the world or can perform strange weather rituals involving Siberian Shamans and Pandas. (All the rituals with Pandas always work.) A good call to stop UTMR 2019!

Definitely you are not going to be high-fiving thousands of strangers at the finish line as at UTMB. But you are probably going to make a few new friends, as the vibes at the event are very friendly and very relaxed with plenty of time and opportunity to talk to other runners in for the challenge.

But you have to train. UTMR is hard and more technical than UTMB. You cannot run downhills here with your eyes closed – that’s for sure.

You don’t have to worry about qualification points and ballot results. The race is still a few years from being overcrowded and the bibs are easily available.

You can choose a few other options beside 100 miles to explore the trails and area:

–        Run 100 miles in 4 stages as a multi-day race

–        Run 100 km race, part of the ‘full tour’ course

–        Run 23 km, great for support crew members after the main event

2019 winners!

Advice: You must take the mandatory kit and do consider taking the recommended kit suggested by the organisers in addition. The second part is in cold, dark and big mountains and an extra warm layer can save your motivation and maybe life.

You don’t have to worry about micro-spikes, if they are required (depending on the glacier conditions) the organisers rent them for a little fee before the race.

For all the reasons I mentioned above, and mainly because I like completing rounds and unfinished business, I’m going to be back there in 2020. I’m looking forward to better weather and views of the Matterhorn this time! Hope to see you there!

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Sep 28

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GB international Dan Lawson is looking for some magic in the 2019 4-day stage race

Lizzy Hawker

 

Dan Lawson is a GB international runner, in 2016 he won the IAU 24 Hour European Championships and holds a world record for the distance run on a treadmill in 7 days. He is fresh off an FKT on the Jordan Trail with Robbie Briton. Why is he turning to UTMR & the mountains? For the magic of course, we hope he finds it!

 

Dan Lawson, GB flag in hand.

 

I’m really excited to be coming to the UTMR this year, it’s given my 2019 an extra bit of magic.

In 2019 I will run for Great Britain at the World 24hr Championships as well as taking part in my first 6 day race. Both of these formats will take place on a 1km tarmac loop. These races are a real mental challenge, that’s why it’s so amazing to be able to mix training for these events with competing and preparing for UTMR.

It will give me that chance to really connect with nature and run on trails that make me feel more like I’m playing rather than running. UTMR will most definitely be tough but in a different more magical way, I hope! Part of my love of ultra running is the chance it gives me to continually push myself. UTMR will be very much out of my comfort zone, I have a lot experience running round flat circles, but very little in the mountains. I’m also not too great with heights, but I like to put myself in situations where I feel a little scared and uncomfortable, ultimately I think it makes me a stronger person.

I’m looking forward to the yin and yang of my year, I’ve just finished an amazing adventure in Jordan, setting an FKT on the Jordan Trail amongst scenery that would even compete with that at the UTMR. This as well as my UTMR experience will be the classical symphony music to the metronomic 24hr road training.

 

In the Gobi Desert.

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Nov 15

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Slovak elite, Peter Brestovansky, for the 2019 170km UTMR

Lizzy Hawker

We are happy to welcome an elite runner, Peter Brestovansky, from the Slovak Ultra Trail Team to the 170km UTMR! Here’s what he has to say …..

“In addition to climbing, ski alpinism and mountain biking, I also enjoy running. The long distances running. Ultra run. It came completely out of blue. At the time I was occupied with my work and family so much, there was no time for more time consuming activities such as climbing or cycling. So I started running. And I kept adding length of the distances. I started to explore my limits. First I thought my personal limit was to complete a marathon. Then I managed to run most of the Slovak ultra trail racing competitions containing of one hundred and more kilometres as well as 24 hour running events. I still did not reach the limits of my body and soul. So I decided to run a solo of 360 km from High Tatras to the Danube River. The limits were not reached yet… I was looking for a new dimension. 

I found it in enrolling charity running events and runs carrying a strong moral message. One of them is „Ultralanovka“ for Plamienok Charity and Štefánik Trail, where collected funds are used for palliative care of small children.

Before and after the Stefanik trail!

The „On the Edge“ Project, where my team and I run from Auschwitz in Poland to Žilina in Slovakia (170 km), to revive the true story of two concentration camp prisoners Vrba and Wetzler, who provided the first ever report following their concentration camp escape  describing events of what was actually happening there. The result of the project was a movie called „On the Edge“, that won a few prizes at various film festivals. Me and my co-runners  have been now showing this film, accompanied with additional explanations and discussions, to children at schools thought the whole Slovakia. The last of my big challenges were races in Andorra ELS 2900 and PTL around Mont Blanc. Both races carrying a strong message, taking place in the mountains that I love and where I can become a part of them for a while. My addiction started there. I like the challenges, especially the harder ones. This doesn’t apply just to the run, but also to climbing and ski alpinism. In all these events not only physical but also mental preparedness is needed. I have found out that, apart from mileage, there is something else that makes these occasions so important. It’s about people around you – your family, your team and your mind. Mental preparation. The way you deal with it, how you believe in your abilities and how you can be yourself. Together with my friends I also organise running camps, where we teach other runners how to lead this way of life.”

We wish you the best of luck Peter, see you in September!

Raining in the Tatras!

 

 

 

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Jan 10

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Roman Evarts chooses UTMR after UTMB

UTMR Admin

UTMB Podium Finisher chooses the 2019 UTMR 100 mile course for his next big challenge in order to keep focused, and to keep slim. He joins top 5 UTMB finisher Damian Hall and 11th place Petter Restorp.

roman evarts utmb utmrAfter last year’s UTMB, finishing 6th, I fulfilled my sporty ambitions and it was about a time to retire from the sport of Mountain Ultra Running. I was looking forward to a bright future and a great lifestyle with no extra energy wastage!

I’ve been off the running for a few months and guess what: I am almost faced with a need to upgrade my wardrobe to a XXL size. No surprise for a man who is highly appreciating high sugar and carb diet as a daily nutritional plan. Frustration about getting oversized rose up and I started looking for motivation to start moving again. No running this time!

Playing some ball game would be ideal, I thought. But it turned out that all my old football buddies became useless, as the only football they are doing nowadays is the PlayStation football. “Bummer!” But that’s ok; it was a great opportunity for me to put all the old habits aside and try something completely new.

Unfortunately to jump on a new wave routine wasn’t easy, as I came to the point when from the few option I had to choose between MMA fighting and CrossFit. As my last kickboxing tournament 20 years ago left me with a half damaged brains I decided to go for CrossFit.

Long story short: to keep up with athletes from this sport I found I would have to spend most of the time shirtless and drastically improve my selfie taking skills. As I am well known for the worst selfies on Instagram – the right decision for me was to give up this intention.

As you can imagine after all these adventures I’ve been in a bad mood and was taking extra dosage of ice-cream to get myself back from the dark hole. So the circle been closing and again I found myself sitting on a rooftop in Nepal looking for a big mountain race where I could take my running shoes for a walk.

The UTMR 100 miler has been on my radar for couple of years. I know the area and have been on some parts of the course, but never had an opportunity to have a see how the whole loop around Monte Rosa looks. The awesomeness of the area, the competitiveness of the next edition’s field and the right proportion of the miles vs elevation gain was the indication for me to enter without any doubts. For anyone who missed the UTMB lottery, this is a great, but hard, alternative.

This definitely will keep me moving and give some extra motivation to be out in the mountains during the summertime. But now I am out to have more ice-cream, as the signing up for the race doesn’t mean you have to start training straight away!

roman evarts trail running in Nepal

See you in September!!!

 

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Jan 06

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Damian Hall is in for the hurt …

Lizzy Hawker

Damian Hall, journalist and elite runner, is signed up for the 2019 170 km Ultra Tour. With an impressive 5th place at the 2018 UTMB in 22:35:13, and having recently set an FKT (fastest known time) for the Cape Wrath Trail with Beth Pascall, he is no stranger to the long and hard. We look forward to hearing what he thinks of UTMR!

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Damian Hall

Photo: Summit Fever Media

 

I love a good 100, me. The lumpier and hurtier the better.

Lizzy Hawker is a huge inspiration me and when I heard first heard talk about the inaugural Ultra Tour Monte Rosa, I wanted in right away.

There are a lot of appealing races towards the end of summer though and I had a bit of a UTMB obsession I needed to shake first.

In the meantime, friends of mine – especially Tim Laney, Nicky Spinks, Philip Haylett – did UTMR and raved about it. Race photos just looked sensational.

I’m done with UTMB for now and UTMR seems like the perfect replacement. Not only is it only one letter different, but it’s the same distance and also in the Alps.

However UTMR also seems very different to UTMB in some ways. It looks wilder and remoter, more technical and spectacular than UTMB. It goes higher (above 3,200m) and there’s 1,300m more ascent (gulp). It’ll obviously be more low-key, but that’ll make a nice change. (Cowbells can get a bit irksome after 20 hours or so.)

I can’t wait to get out there. I can’t wait for it to get hurty.

 

Damian Hall

Photo: Summit Fever Media

 

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Dec 10

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Petter Restorp chooses UTMR 170 km, the full tour of Monte Rosa, for 2019

UTMR Admin

Petter Restorp has joined UTMR through our programme for elite runners… Restorp finished 11th in the UTMB this year in a very respectable 23:34:35 and is looking for a new challenge for 2019 as he explains below.

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Petter Restorp Dolomiti Extreme Trail.

Photo: Andrea Sagui / Dolomiti Extreme Trail.

I ended my 2018 season with a full month of rest. Instead of running I went climbing in Spain, France and Italy. Staying away from the trails was sometimes difficult but it gave me time to reflect on the past years’ competitions, remembering the best moments and learning from the mistakes. It was also the perfect time to plan for the future.

The race should not, however, be an easy one. I want to have to doubt my own performance. I want to feel overwhelmed, go through the hard times and finally get out on the other side.

To do a long race in the mountains is a big experience. It is a long journey both physically and emotionally and leaves you with a memory to carry with you for the rest of your life. Given that you have to invest a good amount of time in training and preparing for it, you better choose a race that you really would like to do. And there are many races to choose from, all with different lengths, elevation profiles, types of trails and more.

Petter Restorp running UTMB

I was looking for a challenge for the main event of my 2019 race calendar: a race that can take me high into the mountains on winding narrow trails with striking views. A race where I can journey into remote wild places, reconnect temporarily with civilization in some picturesque village before climb back up again.

The race should not, however, be an easy one. I want to have to doubt my own performance. I want to feel overwhelmed, go through the hard times and finally get out on the other side.

When I discovered the Ultra Tour Monte Rosa I immediately knew that it is the race I was looking for. I have never been on the trails around Monte Rosa, but the high peaks in the area are iconic and finisher times from the past editions tells me that it is brutal enough.

I also get the impression that the organization is very professional and surrounded with less of the commercial circus that you can find in some other big races.

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Jul 29

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Why Monte Rosa Ultra

A bucket list ultra – Why choose Ultra Tour Monte Rosa?

UTMR Admin

When people enter for the Ultra Tour Monte Rosa, the ultra trail race around the massif of Monte Rosa, we ask them to tell us why they entered, with this question.

Of all the races in the world, why did you choose to race the Ultra Tour Monte Rosa?

And here are the answers!

Massimo Scribano

Because i think that this race is a real tough race and not just a commercial one.

Sarah Hansel

I ran Tor last year and have been having a hard time finding another race that might live up to my experience there. A number of people recommended this race to me; it looks rugged and wild and incredibly challenging, and not as crowded as UTMB.

Hans Schmid

Love the Alps (especially under sunny conditions). UTMB too busy, expect UTMR to be more intimate and to my liking.

Kristian Gotsch

Because of it being in unique surroundings and not too big in terms of runners.

Svitlana Lavrenchuk

The scenery, organisation and the course.

Trent Ribaczkow

The course looks brutal and beautiful, while still having the charm of not having huge crowds and commercial popularity. The perfect recipe for personal growth.

Rasmus Braad

Route description. mountain terrain. cheap flight ticket to Geneva.

Lee Kit

Simply because it is very tough while the scenery is splendid!

Emil Nordh

No crowds on the trail and for the surroundings!

Rory Mitchell

Beautiful scenery, tough but rewarding trails, and glowing reports from everyone I know who’s been before.

Sergio Alla

Because the view and the challenge.

Frederik Burger

I love the Alps and having done the CCC twice this seems like the next step up. Aiming to one day do the full UTMR & UTMB. I’m typing this sat on a bench (having a coffee) before heading up on Stafal-Gabiet ski lift!

Rob Cain

Looks like a beautiful part of the world, and a challenge. What could be better!

Start line ultra tour monte rosa

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