Race Organization
Jakob HerrmannJakob Herrmann | Founder and Race Director (rd@swissalps100.com)

Jakob grew up in the Swiss Alps in Switzerland literally next to the Swiss Alps 100 course. He moved to the US in 1998. He founded the Swiss Alps 100 to share his love for the Alps and allow runners from all over the world to experience his childhood paradise.

He is an avid runner who started running in 2005. Since then he has completed over 100 Ultramarathons and 79 marathons. In Switzerland, he has run the Aletsch half-marathon, the Lausanne marathon, the Zürcher marathon, the Swiss City Luzerner marathon, the Zermatter marathon, the Zermatter ultramarathon, and the Zermatt Ultrak "Sky" 49K.

Jakob currently resides with his family in California.

Marc FischerMarc Fischer | Race Director Fly (info@fly-swissalps.ch)

Marc's love for the mountains began as a child with skiing. In good winters he was in the snow 3 times a week. To fulfill his boyhood' dream of flying, he started skydiving and made about 300 jumps. After serving as an officer in the Swiss military in the Alps, he became a long-distance triathlete during his law studies. Well, you guessed it - years later, the mountains and the air took him back. After a few years with ultra trails, he started paragliding and hike‘n‘fly!

Marc lives with his family in Zug and has an IT law firm. He also works as a lecturer.

Maksim MayzelMaksim Mayzel | Race Director Backyard Ultra

Born in Russia, Maksim moved to Sweden in 2009 to pursue an academic career. Surrounded by magnificent and wild nature, endless woods, bogs, and lakes, he discovered the world of trail-running. Eight years later, during one of his scientific trips, Maksim visited Switzerland and immediately fell in love with the country and the Alps. Another year passed, and in 2018, he started a new chapter of his life in Switzerland, where he began to explore high mountains. Grateful to the people he met in both academic and running communities, Maksim now strives to share his passion and knowledge with others. One of such activities includes volunteering at races, dedicates himself to ensuring that runners feel supported and comfortable.

Mirco WeissMirco Weiss | Head of Health and Safety

Mirco Weiss was born in Winterthur, Switzerland, and has lived in the beautiful Valais since 2012. He completed an apprenticeship as a cable car mechatronics engineer, followed by further training as a cable car specialist. Since 2021 he works as technical manager in a hotel in Zermatt.

He has been interested in first aid since childhood. In 2016, together with some friends, he founded the Upper Valais Military First Aid Association, of which he is president. In 2017, he completed the SMSV training to teach the various first aid and BLS-AED courses to the public. Since 2018, Mirco has been in charge of the Ambulance and Safety section of SwissAlps100, leading the operations and ambulance services with the SMSV Upper Valais. The association is supported by volunteers from the National Ski Patrol.

Besides first aid, he loves to spend his free time in the mountains.

Christian LandeneggerChristian Landenegger | Course Director

Christian Langenegger started casually running in university. However, it was only after he moved back to Switzerland from Canada that running became a mainstay of his life. In 2009, he ran his first marathon in Lucerne and was hooked. From there he went on to run approximately ten marathons a year till 2014. This year marks Christian’s return to running after a two-year hiatus, and there could be almost no better return than in helping with the Swiss Alps 100.

Christian lives at the foot of the Uetliberg in Zurich with his girlfriend. His typical run is an out-and-back to the top of the Limit City’s local mountain. When he’s not running, writing or travelling, he’s working as a senior strategy consultant with Swiss Approach Group Ltd. Christian also actively supports the charity organization Room to Read.

Pascal SeilerPascal Seiler | Marketing

Great visionaries have to be helped to put their ideas into practice. Jakob is such a visionary. As a homesick Valaisan, he makes an immense effort for our tourist region. His concept for runners from all over the world is unique and valuable for us and the region.

Nathalie von SiebenthalNathalie von Siebenthal | Training Camp Director

Born in Valais, Nathalie grew up in Brig with her hometown in Fiesch and is deeply connected to the region and its people. Her interest in running started in 2010 but it wasn’t until 2016 when she did her first trail run in 2016 in Grindelwald that she found her passion. Since then, she has done other races and continues to enjoy the great beauty of the Swiss Alps. She brings her love for and intimate knowledge of the Swiss mountains to actively support the Swiss Alps 100.

Today she lives in the Bernese Oberland, but often likes to visit home in summer by airmail, in a glider.

Frederik GregaardFrederik Gregaard | Sweeper Director

Fred is the Swiss Allps 100 residential sweeper for the 100 miles race course. He is a passionate mountain runner who enjoys the solitude of the big mountains, preferably on the long and technical distances. He never says no to a good chat and a beer on the trail and is eager to spend some time just embracing the big stuff and helping the back of the pack to get within the cut off time.

Fred is also a member of the National Ski Patrol and is educated in mountain rescue and first aid. In the winter he is bending the knee in telemark turns and does ski mountaineering.

Tú RinscheTú Rinsche | Sustainability Director

Tú Rinsche is a seasoned sustainability and social impact strategist with 20 years of multisectoral experience working with government, business, civil society, and donors. She has held senior leadership and management roles in some of the most well-known organizations within the consumer products, luxury, hospitality, entertainment, and public sectors. She is passionate about helping organizations do good in the world and people lead with purpose.

She started long distance running in 2019 and completed her first half marathon and marathon that year. The Swiss Alps 100 was her first ultra experience and in 2023, she completed the 100km race. One day, she hopes to run the UTMB or Western States.

Tú lives at sea-level in the Washington, D.C. area but loves running in the Alps every chance she gets.

Ben GilbertBen Gilbert | Digital Marketing Director

Born in the UK, Ben played Professional Football for 12 years before moving to Switzerland for a change of scenery in 2010. Ben is obsessed with sports, passionate about sustainability, loves to read, but running in the mountains takes up most of his time.

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