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Zermatt marathon 2011

Has anyone done this race before ? I imagine the scenery is breathtaking and the incline crippling

I tried comparing the profile with the Jungfrau and it looks tougher

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I'd love to hear any race reports or opinions on the course/race in general.

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Old 14.03.2011, 12:09
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I've not done it, but have plenty of respect for you if you do it!
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Re: Zermatt marathon 2011

I did the Inferno half last year and it was absolutley agonizing, but ultimately rewarding !

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Is there a half marathon available?
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Old 14.03.2011, 12:43
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Has anyone done this race before ? I imagine the scenery is breathtaking and the incline crippling

I tried comparing the profile with the Jungfrau and it looks tougher

Zermatt Ultra


Jungfrau


I'd love to hear any race reports or opinions on the course/race in general.

Thanks
I don't race, but I have speed-hiked Zermatt-Gornergrat and back.

  • Like any alpine course it is extremely beautiful IF the weather is nice, else you can't see 10 m ahead of you, goes without saying.
  • Don't be surprised if you have to walk on snow on the last bits; it can be cold.
  • Acclimatization is obviously important at these heights.
  • Since it has no descents, it won't test your knees, only your aerobic fitness. In general this means the old well-trained Swissies will kick ass on this race
I can't recollect any race report on EF, hopefully you will write one. Tempted to participate, but 140 CHF is out of my budget for a trail race.
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I don't race, but I have speed-hiked Zermatt-Gornergrat and back.
Do you remember how long it took to hike this route ?
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Do you remember how long it took to hike this route ?
Strangely, no. That day my plan was to hike to Tockener steig, I lost my way, came back to Zermatt and restarted around 11. When I reached Sunnegga I realized there would be time for Gornergrat, so that's how it went spontaneously.

I am quite slow uphills (I was passed by a father carrying his son on his back, in the last stretch, which is why I said acclimatization is important ). Descent was super-fast, though. Zermatt to Gornergrat and back by the shortest route should take me about 5-6 hours.

If you want to do a test run some weekend, I could be your pacer. I have another friend who plans to participate in the Zermatt Ultra (which btw is different from the Zermatt marathon, so title change is in order ), maybe we can do a nice weekend day trip. (open to anyone interested).
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Old 14.03.2011, 16:47
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Do you remember how long it took to hike this route ?
I hiked it on my honeymoon but we weren't speed hiking. It couldn't have taken too long as I remember that we still had lots of time for other things when we got back
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Re: Zermatt marathon 2011

I ran this last year. It's a good race, probably a bit more difficult than Jungfrau as the first half is gently uphill whereas the Jungfrau is largely flat for the first half. Last year the race was run on the hottest day so that made it very tough. There is a killer climb in the last 2-3K to the finish but apart from that most of the hills are manageable and there are some shorter flat sections to take a breather. Views are amazing. Crowd support in Zermatt is crazy. I would recommend it.
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If you want to do a test run some weekend, I could be your pacer. I have another friend who plans to participate in the Zermatt Ultra (which btw is different from the Zermatt marathon, so title change is in order ), maybe we can do a nice weekend day trip. (open to anyone interested).
That sounds interesting TT. What about a day over the Easter long weekend ?

I'm not sure if ill sign up for the race, but we could arrange a cool hiking day anyway.

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Old 16.03.2011, 15:05
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I ran this last year. It's a good race... I would recommend it.
Do you mean the Zermatt Ultra or the Zermatt Marathon? According to the website it is the first time that they are offering the Ultra which ends at Gornergrat, the regular ones end at Riffelberg

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That sounds interesting TT. What about a day over the Easter long weekend ?

I'm not sure if ill sign up for the race, but we could arrange a cool hiking day anyway.

Cheers
Hmmm, actually I don't plan that far ahead, I decide on Thursday or friday where I will go for the weekend depending on weather updates. So don't count on me. But there are many ultra runners on the fourm, if you post an event people may sign up.

Easter is in April right? Won't there be too much snow at 3100m?

According to the website the Ultra is sold out anyway, so don't feel bad, enjoy your health
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According to the website the Ultra is sold out anyway, so don't feel bad, enjoy your health
They have added another 50 places due to popular demand

http://www.zermattmarathon.ch/en/mou...n-cup/123.html
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Yes, but that was in October 2010

Here's the update All 550 are sold out.

You can still try, place yourself on waiting list if you are very keen
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Yes, but that was in October 2010

Here's the update All 550 are sold out.

You can still try, place yourself on waiting list if you are very keen
Which is not really a bad idea, given that by my (conservative) estimate 10% of those registered will have a respectable-sized injury in the coming months and will pull out of the race .

On the other hand I expect the waiting list to be much more than 50 (it is a very fundamental human behavior to over-purchase under perceived scarcity of the product), so your chances would be low.

No harm trying though.

Caveat: all these are completely my arm-chair conjectures, I hope someone with specific knowledge or an actual ultra-runner will advise the OP appropriately.

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Yes, but that was in October 2010

Here's the update All 550 are sold out.

You can still try, place yourself on waiting list if you are very keen
Thanks for the update TT. I'd by lying if i said i was ready to do a race with such an immense incline, ill try something similar next year (Davos K42 or Jungfrau).

I have my first ultra in less than a month. It's an almost flat 63k road run in a really beautiful part of west Ireland, i'm nervous but equally excited. Training has been going well, doing a 42-45k run once over the weekend and then some incline work during the week.

Any advice/tips are most welcome, ill post a quick update when it's over.
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Re: Zermatt marathon 2011

Hi, Ive done chamonix mont Blanc twice, davos Swiss alpine, jungfrau and a tough half in leysin. Im doing zermat this year as well as Davos and chamonix again (chamonix in 2 weeks)! There are all such fab races.
I agree the Swiss and amazing in these races. Ive seen some very fast london club runners do great in this race but the 'mountain people' cruise them.
Let me know who if any one are doing some of these and I'll let you know what bar were goingto for the after drinks in the evening, if I can still walk!!!
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Hi, Ive done chamonix mont Blanc twice, davos Swiss alpine, jungfrau and a tough half in leysin. Im doing zermat this year as well as Davos and chamonix again (chamonix in 2 weeks)!
What Chamonix event is in 2 weeks ?

That's an impressive race CV you have there, i hope i can do the Davos Swiss Alpine next year.
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Hi, Ive done chamonix mont Blanc twice, davos Swiss alpine, jungfrau and a tough half in leysin. Im doing zermat this year as well as Davos and chamonix again (chamonix in 2 weeks)! There are all such fab races.
I agree the Swiss and amazing in these races. Ive seen some very fast london club runners do great in this race but the 'mountain people' cruise them.
Let me know who if any one are doing some of these and I'll let you know what bar were goingto for the after drinks in the evening, if I can still walk!!!
Welcome to the forum!

How do you train for these Swiss races in London?
I would have thought that running up the stairs of a few tall buildings a few times would help
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How do you train for these Swiss races in London?
I would have thought that running up the stairs of a few tall buildings a few times would help
Endless repeats of hampstead heath?! Weekends in the lake district also good but takes just as long and possibly as expensive as getting to Switzerland!
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Hey Kduffy, I'm interested in starting out in some of this stuff -can you point me in the right direction for training, easier runs to start out on etc?
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