Experience an epic race within the breathtaking Swiss Alps

Sign up for the Challenge - Run it for the Beauty

We welcome you to the Swiss Alps 100 trail race, where you will experience some of the finest trails and views of the famous Swiss Alps mountains. Our courses, which are part run on the UNESCO World Heritage, are incredibly scenic, yet strenuous and challenging. Many parts of the course, like the Aletsch glacier, the 3 suspension bridges, or the alpine dam, are truly magnificent and a feast for your eyes.

EACH overall male/female first-place finisher in the 50KM, 100KM, and 160KM distance will receive a COROS PACE 3 Sport GPS Watch worth 229USD each. Plus EACH overall male/female second and third-place finisher in the 50KM, 100KM, and 160KM distance will also receive a Fenix Limited HM65R-DT headlight worth 105USD each. Every participant will receive a free meal and drink at the finish line.

Make your summer special and come run the Swiss Alps 100 trail race.

2024-8-9 7:30:0 GMT+02:00
The 2024 Event starts on August 9, 2024 at 7:30 AM

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More Info about the Race

160KM (finish)
100KM (22 hours or less)

160KM (finish)

160KM (finish)
1st 160km M/F guaranteed entry

The Swiss Alps 100 is one of only 5 races worldwide, which is a qualifier for WS100, HR100, and a preferred qualifier for BW135

main sponsor
Aletsch Arena
Precision Fuel & Hydration
Geo Tracks
ProTent Switzerland

The Swiss Alps 100 is a GREEN COMMITMENT event

Our event is taking us to spectacular, natural, remote, and fragile landscapes. This is a privilege and we are fully supporting to preserve these landscapes as best as possible. Climate change is placing us, our planet, and future generations at risk. We need to reduce the impact of our activity on the climate and to display climate leadership by engaging actively and collectively in striving to achieve climate neutrality. For these reasons, the Swiss Alps 100 is committed to achieve the goals of Leave no Trace, being Carbon Neutral, and Zero Waste.

The Swiss Alps 100 is a GREEN COMMITMENT event

What does it take to run the Swiss Alps 100 race?

All of our distances are majestic, challenging, and all within the Oberwallis region in the south side of Switzerland. The 10.3 km Vertical has 1'830 meters, the 50K has 3'210 meters, the 100K has 6'250 meters, and the 160K has 10'150 meters of elevation gain. We provide a fully stocked aid station every 7 km to 10 km at each distance. We have race-shirts, 160 km sub-24 antic silver and sub-48 antic brass buckles, Vertical, 50KM, and 100KM finisher medals, first place and age-group awards, and a runner's post-race meal. Sign up for the Challenge - Run it for the Beauty.

We at the Swiss Alps 100 are passionate about promoting the sport of running to our next generation. For that reason are we offering a free 1km run for up to 100 kids 4 to 13 years old. Every child is receiving a bib before the start and a medal at the finish plus a free meal and drink. The kids course is run entirely within the very safe Sport Resort area and we have safety personnel placed all along the entire course. Bring your children and cheer them on at the start and when they are finishing for an unforgettable day.

If our runners can run as far as 160km why not let them fly too. We are very excited about being the first ultrarunning event to offer a fly division. Fly participants can choose between the Challenge-Race (10 hour cutoff) and Pro-Race (24 hour cutoff) option. The ranking list is based on categories. In it according to points collected. If the number of points is equal, the time goes ahead.

Starting in 2025 The Backyard Ultra format itself is an extreme test of endurance, and we're excited to offer it starting in 2025. Participants will be required to complete a 4.16 mile (6.7 km) loop within one hour and continue to run additional loops until they can no longer maintain the pace. There will be a day and night course. The last runner standing will be declared the winner.

Are you a runner, who loves to run uphill? Then the vertical distance, which is 10.3 km long, has a total elevation gain of 1'830 meters, 1 full stocked aid station, and a 4 hour cutoff time, will satisfy that uphill need. Starting in Fiesch you keep going to the finish line on top of Eggishorn at 2'867 meter above sea level. There you will receive your hard-earned finisher medal and you can enjoy a 360 degree view of the majestic Swiss Alps including the Matterhorn and the Aletsch Glacier. When you ready take the free gondola ride back to Fiesch and a 1km walk back to the start/finish line.

Run the Swiss Alps like a true local. The 50KM, which has a total elevation gain of 3'210 meters, 6 fully stocked aid stations, and a 15 hour cutoff time, brings you through historic and quintessential villages, over 2 suspension bridges, to the panoramic Chäserstatt. Run past Swiss cows, then towards the finish line and your beautiful 7cm (2.7") finisher medal.

Race within the UNESCO World Heritage along idyllic villages, past picturesque lakes, over 2 suspension bridges, and get the most stunning views of the Swiss Alps available as you take on the 100KM course. Over those 100KM, which has a total elevation gain of 6'250 meters, 10 full stocked aid stations, and a 27 hour cutoff time, you'll take in the green valley, the view of the snow-covered alps, the incredible panoramic views until you arrive at the finish line with your beautiful 9cm (3.5"") medal waiting for you.

Take yourself on a running tour of the Swiss Alps and complete our challenging yet rewarding 160K course with a total elevation gain of 10'150 meters, 16 fully stocked aid stations, and a 50 hour cut-off time. Whether it's your first 160K or your 10th, your unforgettable journey will take you through the green valleys, over 3 suspension bridges, along a large dam, past many beautiful lakes and through historic villages. At the finish line, you'll receive your hard-earned Sub-24 antique silver or Finisher antique brass belt buckle.

Courtney Dauwalter & Kevin Schmidt (Freetrail)

Courtney Dauwalter Pre-2023 UTMB Interview (iRunFarMedia)

2023 53 minute inverview video by Gotta Run Racing

2023 50km 2 minute video by TrailRiderTV

2023 50km 2 minute video by Robert Urban

2023 50km 28 minute video by Trailfever

2023 160km 15 minute video by Sport Trips

2023 100km 36 minute video by Bike. Run

2022 100km 55 minute video by Rafael Hidalgo

2022 Fly 4 minute video by Hike n Fly Switzerland

2022 50km 17 minute video by Flo Ciseaux

2022 100km 15 minute video by Adam Brzoza

2022 50km 18 minute video by Sam Davis

2022 100km 22 minute video by Ultra Experience

2022 50km 7 minute video by Cranfield

2021 160km 2 minute video by Richard Runs

2021 100km 15 minute video by Robert Kujas

2021 Sponsor 12 minute video by Hammer Nutrition DACHLI

2021 100km 15 minute video by Heinz Ritschard

2021 50km 15 minute video by Adventure Couple

2021 100km 6 minute video by Valentin Marolf

2019 160km 16 minute video by Frederik Gregaard

2019 100km 8 minute video by Dan Meakin

2019 160km 2 minute video by Gábor Györgyi

2019 160km 27 minute video by Gábor Györgyi

2019 160km 86 minute video by Gábor Györgyi

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