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Running Grächen Berglauf

Stage 3 – Gressoney to Macugnaga

46.5 km over the grand passes of Salati and Turlo, through traditional Walser country.

Route Summary

This stage probably feels the wildest and most challenging. Both of the long, long descents, from Passo Salati and Passo Turlo will offer you solitude and challenge for several hours!

This is Walser country – the farm houses are beautifully made and often decorated with summer flowers. The gorgeous village of Alagna is typical example of this traditional culture. The high mountains here make rain, which means extra lush, verdant landscape.

The long climb to and descent from Passo Turlo will stay in your memory. The route follows an ancient, hand-made Roman road. It’s not steep, which means it’s long, very long.

Rifugio Crocette’s refreshments offer relief from the endless descent on paving stones as the valley becomes flat. If you’re lucky, the glorious view of Monte Rosa will appear as you enter Macugnaga. What a magical location!

Stage 3 highlights

  • The descent into wild and verdant Valle d’Otro
  • Traditional Walser village of Alagna Valsesia
  • The ancient Roman Road to Macugnaga crossing the Turlo pass
  • A glimpse of Monte Rosa’s south face from Macugnaga
Date
3 September
Distance
46.5 km
Ascent
+3190m
Descent
-3510m
Start time
06:00
Time limit
12:00

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How it looks!

A selection of race images from Stage 3 across the years. Click to enlarge and use < and > to navigate through.

Stage profile

UTMR stage race 3

Checkpoints, distances, elevation and cutoff times

Check points km Cum. km Altitude m m Cut off Refreshments DNF Medical
START [6] Gressoney La Tr. 0.0 0.0 1629 ↑ 0 ↓ 0
7 Passo dei Salati 10.3 10.3 2961 ↑ 1364 ↓ 172
8 Alagna 10.6 20.9 1169 ↑ 146 ↓ 1782
12:00
Colle del Turlo 11.7 32.6 2701 ↑ 1515 ↓ 86
9 Quarazza 8.5 41.1 1382 ↑ 16 ↓ 1226
FINISH [10] Macugnaga 5.8 46.9 1310 ↑ 128 ↓ 210
18:00
  • Water
  • Snack
  • Meal
  • Firstaid
  • Ambulance
  • Dropbag
  • Rest
DNF notes:
8: Wait for dropout bus

PDF maps

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ITRA

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Results

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About Macugnaga

Macugnana is an isolated, beautifully traditional village at the end of the road. And the road is forced to stop by a 3000m high wall of rock and ice, which catches the sun’s rays spectacularly in the morning.

The hotels here are not at all modern, which makes your stay all the more appealing.

Walk around the village in the evening before dinner and greet the locals with a Buonasera and a smile.

Next: stage 4

Stage 4: Macugnaga to Grächen