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SarahCrunning - 07/06/2018 22:05:20
   
Swiss Canyon Trail
This weekend is the 23rd running of the Swiss Canyon Trail races, but the first time that the K105 has been included - an ultra of 105km and over 5000 metres of elevation. Places at the inaugural event were limited to 150 runners. The event takes place in Couvet and the route includes Switzerland's Trail de l'Absinthe.

According to legend, the absinthe valley is the land of the Green Fairy, and runners will encounter mountains, canyons, waterfalls, gorges, forests, streams and cliffs. The terrain is challenging and technical in places with constant switches between ascent and descent. There are three significant climbs: Chasseron (1,606m above sea level), Le Soliat (1,463m) and Mont de Baulmes (1,271m).

The race starts at 5am on Saturday (local time) and the cut-off is 33 hours.
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SarahCrunning - 12/06/2018 02:02:10
   
RE:Swiss Canyon Trail
Home-grown talent topped both podiums for the inaugural K105. Mirko Messer was first across the line with a 13 minute lead over Mathieu Girard. Paulo César Fernandes Dias completed the men's podium.

In the women's race, champion Laurence Yerly crossed the line 6 minutes before second lady Julia Fatton. These two were miles ahead of the other women. France's Corine Gruttaz took the final podium spot.

These were the top 3 men and women in the K105:

MEN
1. Mirko Messer (Switzerland) - 12:00:12
2. Mathieu Girared (Switzerland) - 12:13:38
3. Paulo César Fernandez Dias (Portugal) - 12:30:48

WOMEN
1. Laurence Yerly (Switzerland) - 13:20:50
2. Julia Fatton (Germany) - 13:27:18
3. Corine Gruttaz (France) - 15:35:10
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