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Crossing Switzerland EKIDEN 駅伝

390 KILOMETRES WITH 25'000 M D+

Gathered at the starting line in Vaduz, a determined team of trail runners stands ready for an extraordinary journey - an ultra trail run ekiden. A celebration of both camaraderie and individual resilience, this unique race format weaves together the threads of teamwork and personal fortitude.

An ultra trail run ekiden is not merely a race; it's a symphony of endurance, unity, and the indomitable human spirit. Each runner contributes a note to this melodic tapestry, crafting a story of perseverance etched into the very fabric of nature.

Ekiden: Unleashing Human Endurance in Nature's Embrace

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

DEPARTURE

ARRIVAL

PODIUM

Vaduz, Liechtenstein, Saturday July 20, 2024 at 22h00

Montreux, Switzerland until Sunday July 28, 2024, 14h00
 

Sunday afternoon from 14h00 for all finishing runners

MINIMAL

MAXIMAL

EKIDEN TEAM SIZE

MINIMAL

MAXIMAL

3 runners (18 years or older)

5 runners (18 years or older)

RACE BIB 

DISTRIBUTION

Only in Vaduz on

Friday 19 July 2024 from 5 p.m. to 8h00 p.m. 
Saturday 20 July 2024 from 10h00 a.m. to 06h00 p.m.​ 

REFRESHMENT POSTS

There will be approximate 5 base camps and 15 refreshment posts. Based upon our experience at our first edition in 2022 we might make some changes to the number of base camps and refreshment posts. We will update this information as soon as we have more details.

MAXIMUM TIME

Montreux finish line: 184 hours total time. 

The other barriers will be communicated asap. 

 

MANDATORY EQUIPEMENT

Water reserve (1 litre minimum), waterproof jacket with a hood (10’000 mm/h), headlamp with spare batteries,  spare headlamp, personal beaker, survival blanket, whistle, food reserve, long running trousers (leggings or a combination of leggings and long socks allowed), warm long-sleeved shirt (arm sleeves allowed), mobile phone working in Switzerland turned on.

The organization reserves the right to add equipment depending on weather conditions

If you choose to be accompagnied by a person/team please note that all mandatory items need to be with you at all times during your race. Additional items like spare shoes, clothes, towels, etc. can be given to you only at the designated locations. In case you run completely solo, the organisation will transport your additional items to the next base-camp. 

STAGES

STAGE
Stage 1 : Vaduz - Linthal
Stage 2 : Linthal - Altdorf

Stage 3 : Altdorf - Engelberg-Trübsee 
Stage 4 : Engelberg-Trübsee - Meiringen

Stage 5 : Meiringen - Lauterbrunnen
Stage 6 : Lauterbrunnen - Kandersteg

Stage 7 : Kandersteg - Adelboden
Stage 8 : Adelboden - Rossinière

Stage 9 : Rossinière - Caux
Stage 10 : Caux - Clarens (Montreux)

D+
4'299 m D+

3'349 m D+ 

2'778 m D+

1'128 m D+

3'213 m D+
3'237 m D+

1'330 m D+

2'373 m D+

2'029 m D+

119 m D+

KM
77 km

50 km

36 km

29 km

46 km

37 km

17 km

61 km

28 km

10 km

D-
4'103m D-

3'540 m D- 

1'464 m D-

2'297 m D-

3'024 m D-
2'861 m D-

1'176 m D-

2'777 m D-

1'799 m D-

900 m D-

UPDATED 31.05.2024
If a runner reaches the end of a stage, the next runner must wait at minimum 1 hour to continue the race. I.e. runner 2 arrives in Altdorf at 20h18, the next runner (3) cannot leave before 21h18 from Altdorf direction Engelberg. 

PLEASE NOTE that before STAGE 10 - Caux - Clarens (Montreux), there is no mandatory one-hour stoppage time and the team can, after arrival of their runner, start directly for the last kilometres. 

During the hour the organisation offer the possibility to recharge the team's tracker, might do an inspection of mandatory items, handles logistics. 
The mandatory stop time will be part of the total race time and will not be deducted at the end.

RECOMMENDED EQUIPEMENT

Spare T-shirt, gloves and shoes, cap or bandana, sunglasses, sun cream

CAR PARK &
TRANSPORTATION

We organise 2 shuttle busses leaving from Montreux to Vaduz on Friday 19th of July, 12:00 and on Saturday 20rd of July at 09:00. More information will be in the roadbook. 

In Montreux we have a parking zone nearby (free of charge) for the runners that want to leave their car the whole week of the event (from Friday 19th onwards. More information in the roadbook.

FEES

Team min 3, max 5 runners:   

01.09.2023 - 30.11.2023

01.12.2023 - 13.07.2024

1'200 CHF - Early Brid

1'500 CHF

DIFFICULTY

★ ★ ★ ★ ★: Difficulty obviously depends on the section covered and, in particular, its distance. However, the route takes place on the number 1 long-distance hiking trail (Via Alpina) and is therefore generally well-maintained and of limited technical difficulty.

ROADBOOK

Please note that this version is "Subject to change".
 

Date : 18 April 2024

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