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Re: Running Races 2009

Ms Kate, thanks for the list! It has been a great starting point for researching races in CH area. I'm in northern Italy looking for a nice trail run/race in the Lugano or Bellinzona area in the next couple of weeks. I usually run the short ultras (50k)...the Swiss Alpine race looks fun but I think I'm too late to register. Any suggestions?
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Old 22.07.2009, 16:34
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I usually run the short ultras (50k)...the Swiss Alpine race looks fun but I think I'm too late to register. Any suggestions?
Not too late at all, they don't seem to have any limits and you can sign up for it as late as you like. It's one of the reasons I like this one. Other factors; the scenary of course, not just uphill (one of my few strengths is downhill running), beer at the end (no alcohol) and great atmosphere and the fact that it has the whole spectrum of runners, not just elites.

So do come, you might even meet one of us EFers there are a few of us doing different distances. I've had an on/off year so far so am joining a friend to do the K42.
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Old 22.07.2009, 16:51
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Re: Running Races 2009

[QUOTE=scottydeb;498926]Hi

I'm also running Swiss Alpine Marathon (78km) on Saturday...trying to get my points to run UTMB next year. [QUOTE] Enjoy - i had a mostly great time doing it last year. Say hello if you pass me (2107) as you cruise past the K42ers

[QUOTE=scottydeb;498926]I have found it really hard doing the long training runs alone, is there anyone in the Bern area who would be interested in doing long runs next year[QUOTE]

Maybe, although I am now in canton Vaud I like to use my long runs to see as much of the swiss hills as possible and have lots of long run plans like the tour de Monte Rosa, Goms wanderweg and round the Dent du Midi.
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Old 22.07.2009, 18:33
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A quick bump. is anyone else interested? Don't look at these pictures (atleast not in full resolution), else you might cave in to the temptation
Duh! A damp squib if there was one

On the race day there was 60 cm snow on the Zugspitze top, after last year's 2 participants' deaths the organisers would take no chances this time around, so they changed the route to 13 k, with ~ 700 m alt diff, Grubigalm.

Personally for me, it was part of a 3 day hiking holiday, so was just fine, but not recommended for serious runners. The race was also not particularly well-organized in terms of information, clarity etc. Worse if you don't follow German .
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Old 22.07.2009, 18:45
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My next: 22 Aug 2009 Schilthorn Half mara.
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Old 22.07.2009, 19:23
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(one of my few strengths is downhill running), beer at the end (no alcohol)
Haha! I'm quite fast going downhill, too! This is not always good, though, noted by the trail rash I picked up at the Rattlesnake 50k a couple of weeks ago The beer helps to easy the pain.

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So do come, you might even meet one of us EFers there are a few of us doing different distances.
Thanks for the encouragement. I did promise a colleague that I would come watch her swim across one of the Italian lakes on Sat...but this sounds like such a great race!
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Re: Running Races 2009

Is anyone here signed up for the K21? I signed up and then spent about 6 weeks injured I've only been back running for a couple of weeks but I reckon I'll go along just to enjoy the scenery and a nice day out. Massochist, I know.

Might see if I can come dead last...
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Good luck to all running in Davos this weeekend! I'm doing the 78K as well -- will be cheering Kate on for her UTMB points and the rest for a great outing!
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Old 23.07.2009, 12:02
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Re: Running Races 2009

Er think you mean ScottyDeb.

checkout this http://www.aiguillesrouges.fr/accueil.php all you ultra atheletes. Don't think it's on the original list.

It's alot less well known than the MT Blanc ultra therefore easier to get into , has less running in the dark and covers some fantastic terrain, plus isn't in the height of summer heat. I'd have loved to have done it last year and have it as a vague goal for next but we'll see.
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Old 23.07.2009, 15:21
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Er think you mean ScottyDeb.
Oops -- read the threads updates too fast! Sorry! The cheers (to both) stay the same though.
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checkout this http://www.aiguillesrouges.fr/accueil.php all you ultra atheletes.
Nice little 50k! I may have to fly back to give it a try Is it normal to have to obtain a medical certificate? I have not had to do anything similar in the States...of course you have to sign a waiver that you are basically insane - which by some definitions may be true, haha!

How and where do you obtain a medical certificate?
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Nice little 50k! I may have to fly back to give it a try Is it normal to have to obtain a medical certificate? I have not had to do anything similar in the States...of course you have to sign a waiver that you are basically insane - which by some definitions may be true, haha!

How and where do you obtain a medical certificate?
All the big French-organized races require medical certificates (including Marathon des Sables in Morocco). The races I've done in Italy (Tirol) require them as well. I've never had a problem getting one though -- just a minor hassle. Any family doctor can sign-off -- stamps are important over here though, so it's gotta be the real deal, signed and stamped. Last time I tried to book an appointment, the doc's office said it would be a couple months before an opening for an exam. I explained (in rough German) that it was for a race and I "need it real quick" and they had me come in for 5 minutes the next morning and it was done. For MDS though, the sign-off required a EKG, so the exam was fairly extensive.
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Old 23.07.2009, 18:53
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All the big French-organized races require medical certificates (including Marathon des Sables in Morocco).
Thanks for the information! Does it have to be a French medical provider for the French races? My ex-father-in-law is a German medical doctor so that would be an easy answer.
Funny. I would not consider any of the ultra races as being particularly hard on the heart...maybe the feet and joints (lol!)...but the greater risk is to chemically unbalance yourself thru bad nutrition or hydration. In contrast, the short, fast races would cause me heart failure!
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Does it have to be a French medical provider for the French races?
I've always used Swiss doctors and it's been no problem, so I'm sure a German doc is fine. MDS is the only race where they really scrutinized the paperwork. There they actually sit you in front of a panel of 3 docs and do a mini interview to check your paperwork, scan your EKG, and find out if you actually trained for the race. All the rest -- they just grab the paperwork, toss it in a file, and put a check by your name.

Agree with you about the heart stuff -- a redlined 5K seems to me much more of a burden on the heart than a 50-miler on trails!
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Old 23.07.2009, 23:33
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Anyone else in for the Greifensee? Will be doing it, quite possibly in a silly costume
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Old 23.07.2009, 23:41
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Re: Running Races 2009

Ditto, the above, I had to provide medical certificates for some French and Italian cycling races. Just had a regular check-up with my doc in Zurich, it was pretty extensive check-up, and asked him to send me a letter that I was in good health or something basic like that which I then forwarded on with my application. The check-up should be good for a 6 to 9 months for this purpose, or I have been told.

I have heard of people getting quickie check-ups from French doctors, the day before a race.
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Anyone else in for the Greifensee? Will be doing it, quite possibly in a silly costume
Me. But in normal costume
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Thanks for info on the medical certificates! I would never have considered this. I don't do very much road racing so I typically don't have consider pre-qualification issues. The smaller trail races (field size not distance) in my area back in the States are almost community events, which is really cool because they are very social. Lots of trail rash, twisted ankles, some jammed or dislocated joints, stressed knees, runners groaning by the trail from full body cramps (donate the appropriate electrolyte tablets), or simply out of fuel (bonk)...but nothing very serious. I did notice the the aiguillesrouges race only has a couple aid stations. That does make the race harder and would require more forethought (and possibly a running buddy for safety sake). A medical certificate may be well advised in this case!
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Thanks for info on the medical certificates! I would never have considered this. I don't do very much road racing so I typically don't have consider pre-qualification issues. The smaller trail races (field size not distance) in my area back in the States are almost community events, which is really cool because they are very social. Lots of trail rash, twisted ankles, some jammed or dislocated joints, stressed knees, runners groaning by the trail from full body cramps (donate the appropriate electrolyte tablets), or simply out of fuel (bonk)...but nothing very serious. I did notice the the aiguillesrouges race only has a couple aid stations. That does make the race harder and would require more forethought (and possibly a running buddy for safety sake). A medical certificate may be well advised in this case!
Don't know if it's just me, but just listening to people's stories and seeing pictures raises my heart rate...all those craggy rocks at the top, Oooooh! Can't wait to do it myself this year

Thanks a lot, Kate, for posting this thread
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I'm thinking of taking in the Leysin ½ (www.skiclubleysin.ch) on Saturday. The on-line registration seems to be for the ski school not the race. Does anyone know if the registration has filled up? Also the info PDF (appears to be in French) does not seem to say anything about a medical certificate...so I'm assuming I will not need one. Bad assumption??
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