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Swissalpine Irontrail® Prolog

20-Jul-2019 Davos, Graubünden, Switzerland

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Trail Race Race Terrain
43KM / 27Miles
1 Day

Alternate Distances: 29KM/18M 16KM/10M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Advanced  

 

Welcome to Prolog of the new Swissalpine Irontrail from July 21st - July 29th, 2018.

An extraordinary running event with breath-taking tracks where one scenic attraction tops the previous one is awaiting you. You may choose your favourite discipline from 12 exciting races, including the supreme Irontrail T88. Compete with world-class-athletes and enjoy the unique setting which only the Swissalpine Irontrail features. Unique.Spectacular.Alpine. Be part of it!

  • Trailrunning / Hiking
  • Trailrunning distances from 43 to 29 kilometers
  • Hiking distance 16 kilometers

 

 

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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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Catullus

11:19 01-10-17

I ran/staggered through the T121 Swiss Iron Trail in 2016 and it was a superb event. I did the UTMB this year and the CCC race a few years ago but I have to say that, for stunning scenery, the beauty of being alone in the mountains for longish periods (rather than surrounded for the most part by hundreds of runners as in the UTMB races), this race wins hands down. Ok, the UTMB has more overall ascent and is tougher (both in terms of time on the feet and the length of the descents and ascents) but the Iron Trail is a hard race too. There were plenty of drop outs on the T121, and some of the climbs take you to a higher altitude than the UTMB. I did the race as part of my build up to the UTMB this year and it was a brilliant stepping stone and gave me confidence in my mind, body, and kit. It also taught me some useful lessons that benefited me this year when I finished the UTMB. I'm not sure what the new race format will be like but, speaking from my experience in 2016, I cannot rate this race highly enough either as a tough challenge in itself, or as a stepping stone to a 100 miler such as the UTMB.

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Anna

09:12 06-04-16

This is a phantastic race and much under-rated (compared to e.g. the well-known Jungfrau-Marathon I much prefer any of the distances of this race). Did a number of the races eventually doing the K78 last year and found this one a lot tougher than e.g. the 100km Bieler in mid-June. Terrain is not normally treacherous but weather can change dramatically from the start of the race in Davos to the top of the mountain passes with temperatures near freezing, wind and rain and sleet at the top possible. If conditions are wet trail shoes with grippy soles will be an advantage. People tend to get slower when clambering over the top mountain passes also due to thinner air, and cut-off times can edge ever closest whilst one is seemingly standing still whilst moving over the top mountain passes. In some years when the weather is hot at the time it can be very hot all the way to the top, and a lot of the longest race will then be in the sun (when above tree line anyway).
This race has become a race "for the whole family" with distances to suit everone. Can highly recommend it. People travelling there from abroad may benefit from specially priced rail tickets, which are well worth getting.

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