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Matterhorn Ultraks

23-Aug-2019 Zermatt, Valais, Switzerland

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Mountains Race Race Terrain
46KM / 29Miles
1 Day

Alternate Distances: 30KM/19M 16KM/10M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Expert  

The 48km Matterhorn Ultraks race has a positive altitude gain of 3,600m and two partial cut-off times at Riffelalp and Schwarzsee. It starts at Zermatt.

There is no compulsory kit and poles are allowed. Aid stations will provide food and drink support throughout the race and there is an after-race meal for all finishers. Dropbags will be transported from the start at Zermatt to the finish line at Sunnegga.

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Michel Hodara

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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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UKRunCat

01:24 29-08-17

I took part in the 2017 46k, which is more like 49k now after some route changes over the years. The Ultraks route features 3600m ascent and takes participants all the way up to 3083m at it's highest point so altitude becomes a factor in how you perform.

This is easily the most beautiful route that I've ever been on as it climbs up & down the mountains around Zermatt with the ever present Matterhorn dominating the landscape. I highly recommend this race, but it is not to be undertaken lightly... due to the elevation & altitude it is on another scale from 50k ultra's in the UK. I timed out at 32km on the summit of Schwartzee and will be back to take this behemoth of a challenge on again.

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steve29284

02:06 27-08-15

Highly recommend this event. Ran the 30km event this year, but will be going back for the longer event next year. Well organised races, with clear route marking, good feed stations and good support throughout...they even managed to sort out beautiful sunshine throughout!

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Georgedach

11:59 26-08-15

I ran the VKR (vertical race) it was great course, amazing views once out of the forest, well organised, fuel stations perfect and medals/shirts superb. To be fair I couldn't fault it, it was my first trip to the Alps, far better than any UK event I've ran. Zermatt was beautiful too, all in all the experience was amazing.

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aandrews

10:11 26-08-15

This is an amazing event, highly recommended. The views of the mountains and Zermatt village are incredible. It is hard, with 2000m of elevation (for the 32km), and not to be taken lightly. Lots of communication before the race, however the vast majority was in French.

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