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Gornergrat Zermatt Marathon

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  • Past the Leisee lake below Sunnegga
    / Past the Leisee lake below Sunnegga
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus
  • Start of the Zermatt Marathon in St. Niklaus
    / Start of the Zermatt Marathon in St. Niklaus
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus
  • The "mobile grandstand" train of the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn
    / The "mobile grandstand" train of the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Leander Wenger
  • Runners at the lake Leisee, just below Sunnegga
    / Runners at the lake Leisee, just below Sunnegga
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Stinn
  • Gornergrat Zermatt Marathon
    / Gornergrat Zermatt Marathon
    Video: thoeby
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The Gornergrat Zermatt Marathon is one of the finest running events in the Alps. Start in St. Niklaus, finish in Zermatt – with the option of racing all the way to the top of the Gornergrat.

difficult
42 km
5:05 h
2433 m
942 m

For the marathon, ultra marathon, marathon relay and half marathon alike, the number of places is always limited. It’s therefore advisable to register early. The half marathon from Zermatt up the Riffelberg is also highly popular.

  • Annual, at the beginning of July
  • Marathon relay with 2 runners
  • Special “mobile grandstand” train from St. Niklaus to Zermatt
  • Option to help as a volunteer
  • Entertainment and fair-style atmosphere on the Bahnhofplatz by Zermatt station
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Zermatt Tourismus
Updated: March 26, 2019

Difficulty
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Highest point
2584 m
Lowest point
1085 m
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Safety information

Please observe the Regulations of the Gornergrat Zermatt Marathon.

Equipment

We recommend:

  • Suitable footwear
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)
  • Food and water, if desired (there are also refreshment stations along the route)

Tips, hints and links

Offical website of the Marathon

Start

St. Niklaus (1'116 m) (1092 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.177409, 7.805697
UTM
32T 407818 5114452

Destination

Riffelberg (2'585 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Marathon:  Eie (St. Niklaus) - Mattsand - Herbriggen - Randa - Täsch - Zermatt - Ried - Tufteren - Sunnegga - Grünsee - Riffelalp - Riffelberg (total of 42.195 km and 500 vertical metres)

Ultra marathon: marathon course to Riffelberg, plus Riffelberg - Gornergrat (additional 3.4 km and 514 vertical metres)

Half marathon: Zermatt - Riffelberg (total 21 km, 1,944 m ascent and 444 m descent)

Marathon relay: marathon course run in teams of two. 1st runner St. Niklaus - Zermatt, 2nd runner Zermatt - Riffelberg

Public transport

By train to the Matterhorn village: 3½ hours from Zürich airport or 4 hours from Geneva airport. Change at Visp onto the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (Matterhorn Gotthard Railway). From Visp, the railway leads through the Mattertal valley past idyllic small villages to Zermatt.

Zermatt is also the start and finish point for the world-famous Glacier Express panoramic train journey (Zermatt to St. Moritz or Davos).

Getting there

Zermatt is car-free. Private vehicles are permitted only as far as Täsch (5 km before Zermatt). The Täsch–Zermatt road is closed to the public.

Onward travel to Zermatt is either by private taxi or shuttle train. Trains depart every 20 minutes; the journey takes about 12 minutes, and ends at the Bahnhofplatz in Zermatt.

Parking

Täsch has car parks with both covered and open-air parking – e.g. at the Matterhorn Terminal or privately operated facilities.

Onward travel: see “Getting there”.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Francesco Puppi
January 28, 2016 · Community
Zermatt marathon 2015, world mountain running long distance champs!
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
42 km
Duration
5:05 h
Ascent
2433 m
Descent
942 m
In and out Scenic With refreshment stops Geological highlights Botanical highlights Faunistic highlights Mountain railway ascent/descent

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