2024 Grächen Berglauf Runner Information

Introduction

Welcome to the 2024 UTMR Grächen Berglauf! This information, together with our race website should give you all the information that you need. If you have any further questions please do email contact@ultratourmonterosa.com

It is an amazing challenge ahead of you and we have a team of passionate volunteers ready to support you. We are all here to do what we can to help you succeed. Best of luck! 

Race Organisation

For any general questions / queries before and during the race please contact the race organisation. Please note that messages via social media during the race will not be answered. Please use email, phone or WhatsApp. Thank you!

Email: contact@ultratourmonterosa.com

Phone: +41.765.936.818

WhatsApp: +41.795.839.539

Please use this number for emergency only during the race:

Emergency Number: +41.793.998.527

Entry List

Please check your details here and email us if anything is incorrect, thank you!

Race programme

Race Registration: 16:00 – 19:00 Friday 6 September & 07:30 – 09:00 Saturday 7 September

Race Start: 10:00 Saturday 7 September

First finishers expected: 12:00 Saturday 7 September

Podium prize presentation: 14:00 Saturday 7 September

Children’s race: 16:30 Saturday 7 September

Closing meal : 18:30 onwards Saturday 7 September

Travel

For independent travel then Grächen is easily accessible by public transport. Please check www.sbb.ch/en for timetables and booking tickets online. The “destination” is Grächen Zentrum which is a one minute walk from the Dorfplatz for registration, start line, finish line. 

Grächen Village Plan

Please consult this map for exact start location, registration, baggage drop / collection and bus stop.

See here for details of parking facilities: https://registration.utmr.ch/parking-in-grachen/

Race Registration

Time: 16:00 – 19:00 Friday 6 September & 07:30 – 09:00 Saturday 7 September

Location: Dorfplatz, Grächen (google map location here)

All race participants must come to race registration in person with ID and the mandatory equipment. This will be checked before participants can be given their start number. It must be carried for the duration of the race and we may check at any point during the race or on the finish line.

INSURANCE: Each race participant must have personal accident insurance sufficient to cover the cost of search and rescue (including by helicopter if required). 

If you do not have insurance or the correct obligatory equipment you will not be allowed to start the race. No exceptions.

Please note: Use of headphones is not permitted during any part of the race for reasons of safety. Use will result in disqualification. 

Obligatory equipment

  • whistle
  • emergency blanket
  • headgear (buff, bandana or hat)
  • capacity to carry 1 litre water
  • windproof jacket*
  • cup

*bad weather forecast: hooded waterproof jacket – in case this is needed you will be notified by email and sms by 6am on race day.

Communication

It is essential that we can communicate with you before, during and after the race.

You must have a telephone with you, which works Switzerland. This telephone will not only allow you to call the organisation if necessary, but it is also important that the organisation can contact you (before, during and after the race). We may use SMS to notify you of any route amendments / information. Please make sure your phone is switched on, accessible and checked intermittently before and during the race. We will use the contact number you submitted on your registration form. You will be able to update this via a link to your personal runner page prior to the race.  

Race Start & Regulations

Your race will start at 10:00 on Saturday 7 September from the Dorfplatz, Grächen (google map location). You must be in the start area by 09:45.

Please note:

  • Please take care of the environment. No littering is permitted.  
  • No assistance (drinks/food) is allowed outside of the checkpoints. 
  • No pacing – you may not be accompanied by anyone outside the race.
  • No headphones are allowed at any point in the race.

BAGGAGE: You will receive a tie on tag with your race number to attach to your bag. You can leave this at the baggage deposit and collect after your race. 

Race Route and Checkpoints

Please see the race website for all route and checkpoint information. 

Route information: https://www.ultratourmonterosa.com/grachen-berglauf/

Checkpoint information: https://registration.utmr.ch/race-data/grachen-berglauf-checkpoint-information/

Light: Water + isotonic drink + hot or cold tea + coca cola + bar / cake. Please note no cups will be provided, you must bring your own to drink at the checkpoint.

Littering will result in a time penalty.

Route marking

The race route will be well marked with: 

  • bright orange/pink ribbons 
  • bright orange/pink flags on sticks or wires
  • orange dots / arrows / markings made with a biodegradable chalk spray 

Please always follow the race markings if different to the GPS tracks in case of any late alteration to the route.

Medical Assistance

EMERGENCY: +41.793.998.527

Medical assistance will be available at the finish line in Grächen. 

If it appears that a runner is in difficulty or seriously injured: please telephone the EMERGENCY number, or go in person to the next checkpoint. It is essential that each runner helps anybody in danger. Runners needing assistance submit themselves to the authority of a doctor or a rescuer. You must stay on the marked route of the Grächen Berglauf. Any runner who voluntarily leaves the way­marked route is no longer under the responsibility of the Race Organisation. 

Children’s Race

There will be a small “Kinderrennen” in Grächen at 16:30 on Saturday 7 September. If you have children with you please do encourage them to run! 

  • ca. 800m for 5-7 year olds
  • ca. 2500m for 8-12 year olds

If you have finished your race then please do come to support! 

Prize giving

14:00 – 14:30h Overall winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd male and female) will be called to the podium to receive their prizes.

Closing meal celebration

We are very happy to invite you to our evening prize-giving for the other UTMR races and closing meal celebration on the evening of Saturday 7 September. All runners and volunteers will be back in Grächen and this is a chance to share some time together, giving thanks to the volunteers and celebrating the effort of all the runners!

You can buy a meal ticket for yourself and for any supporters using this form: https://registration.utmr.ch/closing-meal-tickets/

We look forward to a happy evening together!

Social Media

We’d love to share news about the race with the world. If you post photos or news on social media please use the hashtag #UTMR so we can share too!

Enjoy your race! 

Namaste from the UTMR team!

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