Final Runner Information 2019
Ultra Tour Monte Rosa 170 km
Welcome to the 2019 Ultra Tour Monte Rosa 170 km! This road book, together with our race website should give you all the information that you need. If you have any further questions please do email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
For any general questions / queries before and during the race please contact the race organisation
Please use this number for emergency only during the race:
Your safety is our priority. For this reason, it is essential that we can communicate with you before, during and after the race.
You must have a telephone with you, which works in Italy and 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. If there is any change please update your personal information via your personal runner page or email us at email@example.com.
Please ensure that:
- your phone is never put in flight mode
- it remains switched on before, during and after the race
- the battery is sufficient for the duration of the race, or equip yourself with a supplementary external battery
Tips to save battery
- close all unnecessary apps
- dim screen
- switch off WiFi, bluetooth and location / GPS
- Turn on energy saving mode if your phone has it
Note: 85% of the race route is covered by mobile network, so there may be a delay in receiving an SMS message in certain areas.
For an overview of all the events happening during race week you can consult the race programme here: https://www.ultratourmonterosa.com/race-programme/
Grächen Village Plan
Please consult this map for exact start location, registration, baggage drop / collection and bus stop. We will send details of the (paid) parking places in Grächen in the week before the race.
Race Registration – Wednesday 4 September
Time: 14:00 – 19:30 Wednesday 4 September
Location: Gemeindesaal, above the Tourism Office in the Dorfplatz, Grächen (google map location here)
All race participants must come to race registration in person and with ID and with their obligatory equipment. This will be checked before participants can be given their start number, timing chip and GPS tracker. 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. This is for your safety only so please respect our rules.
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.
MyRaceKit: in case you arrive at race registration without the equipment required we have partnered with myRaceKit and they will have a stand in Grachen. They are offering a very generous 10% discount to all 2019 participants. Even better, you can order in advance with the code UTMRRACE10 at https://www.myracekit.com/ They are also giving every runner a custom race belt & a Moonvalley bar. Just take the voucher we give you at registration to the MyRaceKit stand to collect!
Lighting: There could be an obligatory check of your head torches at CP3 Zermatt, CP7 Gressoney-la-Trinité, CP9 Alagna, CP12 Monte Moro Pass and CP13 Saas Fee depending on the time you pass. If your torch is inadequate or you are not carrying a second torch and spare batteries you will have to stop your race. This is for your safety.
Headphones: Use of headphones is not permitted during any part of the race for reasons of safety. Use will result in disqualification.
Refreshments: There will be no cups provided at checkpoints or at the finish lines. A personal cup is therefore part of the obligatory equipment. A special edition Ultra Tour Monte Rosa foldable drinking cup will be available for purchase at registration if you don’t already have your own.
If you have booked a seat on one of the UTMR bus shuttles the bus pick up location, driver contact details etc. will be emailed to you by 20 August. You can also check your booking on your personal runner page.
For independent travel then Grächen is easily accessible by public transport. Please check www.sbb.ch/en for timetables and booking tickets online. The “stop” is Grächen Post which is a one minute walk from the Dorfplatz for registration, start line, finish line.
Pre-race activities on Wednesday 4 September
For anyone already in Grächen on Wednesday morning we will have coffee in the Gemeindesaal at 08:00 followed by an easy 5 km run. This is your chance to run & chat with Richard, Lizzy & some of the UTMR team volunteers!
A few restaurants in Grächen will offer a special price menu on Wednesday evening for race participants and supporters. Details will be included in your race envelope.
Accommodation in Grächen
It can be hard to estimate your finish time for an ultramarathon. Please make sure that you will be able to access your accommodation in Grächen even if you arrive in the middle of the night! We will have a warm area for you to rest at the finish line, but no sleeping facilities.
- CP3 Zermatt – 37 km ⇒ RED
- CP7 Gressoney – 80 km ⇒ BLUE
- CP9 Alagna – 100 km ⇒ YELLOW
- CP11 Macugnaga – 125.5 km ⇒ GREEN
Please put warm clothing in your dropbags “just in case” and remember that the obligatory equipment is the minimum. Please carry more warm clothes if the weather forecast is bad or you know you will move slowly, especially at night.
Dropbag deposit: Please deposit at the race start before 03:45 on Thursday 5. Your race number and the location for the bag must be written on the bag.
Dropbag collection: Your dropbags will be available for collection from the Gemeindesaal directly by the Finish Line in Grächen from 14:00 on Saturday 7. Any uncollected items will be disposed of or given to charity. The organisation cannot post to individuals.
The race will start at 04:00 on Thursday 5 September from the Dorfplatz, Grächen (google map location). You must be in the start area by 03:45 for the pre-race briefing. On entrance to the start area your timing chip will be checked. You will not be able to leave the start area after this check.
Race Route and Checkpoints
Please see the race website for all route and checkpoint information.
Route marking: The race route will be well marked with:
- bright orange ribbons
- bright orange flags on sticks or wires
- orange dots / arrows / markings made with a biodegradable chalk spray
- from Theodul onwards all markings will be reflective
The race route additionally generally follows the route of the waymarked “Tour de Monte Rosa”. If you are in any doubt then please follow signposting to the next col or village. GPS tracks are available on the race website if you are carrying a smartphone or gps watch.
Day / night: You will need to use your head torch between about 20:25 in the evenings and 06:26 in the mornings. Please be prepared for night running!
Sunrise: 06:56 / Sunset: 19:55 / Civil Twilight between 06:26 and 20:25
Timing is provided by Racematix. Live results will be available both on the Ultra Tour Monte Rosa website and on the Racematix website.
Timing chips are issued at race registration in Grächen. The chip will be on a wristband that you wear for the duration of the race. It must be returned at the finish line or at a checkpoint if you withdraw from the race. You will be liable for a charge if your chip is not returned.
GPS Tracking device
GPS tracking is included in your registration fee and these trackers will be provided to you at race registration. They are light (60g) and will be taped onto the shoulder strap of your rucksack at registration.
These must also be returned at the finish line or at a checkpoint if you withdraw from the race. You will be liable for a €135 charge if your device is not returned.
Instructions on how your family and friends can follow you in real time during the race will be emailed to you shortly before race week. Exciting!
It is great if you have supporters to encourage you. Please see here for directions and driving times between checkpoints: https://www.ultratourmonterosa.com/supporters/
Assistance from family or friends is allowed at designated checkpoints only, and so long as it doesn’t interfere with the operation of the checkpoint. The decision of the checkpoint coordinator will be final.
No support is allowed between checkpoints. No muling or pacing is allowed.
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!
Rescue and Medical Assistance
First aid will be available at specific points on the race route. These posts are in telephone liaison with the Race Organisation. Medical assistance will also 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 Ultra Tour Monte Rosa. Any runner who voluntarily leaves the waymarked route is no longer under the responsibility of the Race Organisation.
DNF or DNS
Withdrawal is only possible at these checkpoints (CP):
We can only provide transport back to the finish line in Grächen at the designated times. In case you need to stop your race you may need to wait for some hours. In Gressoney & Alagna & Macugnaga there is an option to pay for a hotel room near the checkpoint if you need a place to sleep if you stop your race during Thursday or Friday night. You must carry sufficient cash or other means of payment in case of this.
If you decide to withdraw you MUST notify the checkpoint coordinator. They will inform the Race Organisation and direct you to overnight accommodation and/or the provided transport.
If you decide to stop at any location other than those listed above it is your own responsibility to make your way to the finish in Grächen, and to notify the Race Organisation. Failure to do so may result in search and rescue, the costs of which will be your responsibility.
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 / Closing Meal
Time: 18:30 onwards Saturday 7
Location: Dorfplatz of Grächen by the church and the finish line
The cost of this meal is included in your registration fee, you will receive your voucher in your race packet. If you would like to buy meal tickets for your supporters please use this form before Friday 30 August. Tickets for your supporters will be included in your race envelope.
Prize-giving: this will take place at 19:30 hrs. Category winners need to be present to receive their prize. If overall winners need to leave before the prize-giving they need to notify the Race Director to collect their prize but there will be no separate ceremony.
Departures and Post Race
Bus transfer: if you are taking one of our shuttles to Milan, Geneva or Gressoney they will leave from the Dorfplatz in Grächen at 08:30 on Sunday 8 September.
All others can take the Postbus departing to Visp from Grächen. Times and connections and be found here: www.sbb.ch
Spa / Massage: In your race envelope you will find a flyer from Hotel Hannigalp, our event partner. They have a beautiful new spa and the only swimming pool in Grächen. They would be very happy to welcome you. A massage can be booked ahead by phone or email, mentioning UTMR. firstname.lastname@example.org / +41.279.551.000
Day trips: If you are staying for a while in Grächen or the surrounding region, then there are a multitude of options open to you. Miles and miles of hiking or running trails, bus trip to Zermatt and the Matterhorn, or a visit to the thermal spa of Brigerbad. The tourist office here in Grächen will be very happy to inform you and assist your plans.
Enjoy your race!
Namaste from the UTMR team!