1-4 September 2021 - Registration from 1 Jan 2021!
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UTMR Stage Race

1-4 September, 2021 - 171 km in 4 stages - D+ 11,600m

Running the Tour de Matterhorn trails

Wild spaces, 4000m mountains in every direction, and quiet trails – this is where I chose to train for UTMB and other races, circling Monte Rosa in long stages & sleeping in a village overnight. It’s a tough route, high and technical in many places – and prior mountain running experiences is needed, the more the better!

This beautiful route in the format of a stage race is a great experience. You can enjoy the views across meadows and mountains in daylight, and dine and socialise with the competitors in afternoons and evenings. There is a mix of great athletes running for the day’s podium alongside those looking simply to challenge themselves. The UTMR stage event is an immensely fun way to race the UTMR route. We hope you enjoy it too!

– Lizzy Hawker

Date
1-4 September
Distance
171 km
Ascent
+11600m
Descent
-11600m
Time limit
48
Max. starters
300
Points
5
Ultra Tour monte rosa route map
Of all the races in the world, why did you choose to race the Ultra Tour Monte Rosa?

Because it looks more than fantastic. I have never tried a stage race before so I would love to discover all of the mountain surroundings in daylight.

– Dannie Lindved Mortensen, Denmark

  Stage I Stage II Stage III Stage IV 
DateWednesday 1 SeptemberThursday 2 SeptemberFriday 3 SeptemberSaturday 4 September
Distance40.6 km41.2 km46.8 km44.1 km
D+/D-+2,840m / -2,830m+2,730m / -2,720m+3,320m / -3,660m +2,900m / -2,580m
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

Stage 1 – Grächen to Zermatt

europaweg bridge

40 km on the Europaweg, crossing the bridge, the world’s second longest “Hängebrücke” at 494m.

Stage 1 – Grächen to Zermatt

Stage 2 – Zermatt to Gressoney

UTMR stage race theodulo glacier crossing 1440

Over to Italy, via an icy crossing of the Theodulgletscher with awesome views of the Matterhorn on the way up.

Stage 2 – Zermatt to Gressoney

Stage 3 – Gressoney to Macugnaga

The wild stage. More big climbs, narrow trails, and hours of mountain solitude on the Turlo pass.

Stage 3 – Gressoney to Macugnaga

Stage 4 – Macugnaga to Grächen

The wild stage. More big climbs, narrow trails, and hours of mountain solitude on the Turlo pass.

Stage 4 – Macugnaga to Grächen

Race programme

Tuesday 31 August
14:00 – 19:30

Registrations and kit check in Grächen

Wednesday 1 September
05:45

Pre-race briefing

06:00

Stage 1 start from Grächen

UNTIL 18:00

Info point at the finish line in Zermatt

Thursday 2 September
05:45

Pre-race briefing

06:00

Stage 2 start from Zermatt

UNTIL 18:00

Info point at the finish line in Gressoney-la-Trinité

Friday 3 September
05:45

Pre-race briefing

06:00

Stage 3 start from Gressoney-la-Trinité

UNTIL 18:00

Info point at the finish line in Macugnaga

Saturday 4 September
05:45

Pre-race briefing

06:00

Stage 4 start from Macugnaga

12:00

First finishers of the stage race expected in Grächen

16:30

Children’s race in Grächen

18:00

Close of UTMR Stage Race in Grächen

19:00

Buffet dinner, prize giving and closing celebrations

Pre-registration information