Saturday, July 26, 2008

Swissalpine

Swissalpine, known previously as Swiss Alpine Marathon Davos, has polished itself up for its 23rd outing on July 26th. At the same time, the slogan was altered to "more than a race", because swissalpine really is more than just a race. It now also includes the multi-sport Alpinathlon, a race over a total of 122.5 kilometres divided in seven sections from St. Moritz to the Schatzalp in Davos. The third product is “high seven”. This term relates to seven days high in the Alps. With it, the people responsible are referring to the multi-faceted supporting programme, which includes, amongst other things, two concerts, a two-day exhibition, seminars, a medical parc, route inspections and excursions.
The Top event is the Route K78 (78.5 kilometres and +/-2320 m), the biggest mountain ultramarathon in the world, and the ultimate challenge. 21 km of the race is on high alpine terrain, the highlight being the Panorama Trail (a narrow and, in parts, exposed mountain path) at an altitude of 2,600 m.
This is the biggest mountain race event in the world, with roughly 5,000 runners participating in the different races (the marathon programme encompasses the full range: ultra (K78), marathon (K42, C42), three-quarter (K31), half (K21, Nordic Walking) and quarter (K11). The event also includes a Mini Race).