Swiss Alpine Marathon & Trail Running Week
If ever there was a tour for superlatives, this is it. Magnificent scenery, fantastic trail running, superb walking, excellent races - Davos has the lot - a truely superb holiday for runners and families alike.
This tour has a bit of everything; races for all ages, great trail runs, excellent guided hiking, visit to St. Moritz and a pass to ride the regions mountain railways and cable cars for FREE.
You can enjoy this trip on many levels - just enjoy an active holiday with a mix of training runs and walks, maybe hire a mountain bike or go sailing on the lake then do the K10, K21 or K30 on the final Saturday as a beautiful training run, or acclimatize and rest for the K42, C42 or the full K78 Alpine Marathon. There are even plenty of events for children and most of the walks are suitable for kids as well.
2015 is the 30th Anniversary of this fantastic event and to celebrate the organisers have introduced a new event - the S42, that starts at Davos Stadium and runs a circular route up the beautiful Dishma Valley and over the Scaletta Pass (2,700m), traverses the Panarama trail and then rises over the Sertig Pass (2,600m) before descending with the K78 and K42 runners through the Sertig Valley back to Davos Stadium.
A small town rather than an Alpine village, Davos has a wide range of sport facilities, good shopping and a choice of restaurants and bars. Set in a high valley - it is the highest town in the Alps at 1,560m - it has a lake side path just a jog away, or run the Dischma Valley and hike into the Sertig Valley or the spectacular Landwasser gorge. There is an excellent swimming pool complex with indoor pool and new pool with waterslides. At Schatzalp there is a summer toboggan run - great fun for adults and kids alike.
Seehof Hotel - 4 Star Accommodation
Considered to be the best 4-star hotel in Davos we had a fabulous 8 days staying in this super hotel last year. The Hotel Seehof Davos is situated on Davos' most famous street, the Promenade, next to the Parsenn cable car - it is half mile to the lake from the hotel for our warm up runs and ideally located for the station, town and all the public transport that magically links everything together in Davos (the transport and mountain railways are free to ride with the hotel guest card).
There are 3 gourmet restaurants at the Hotel Seehof; Panoramarestaurant, Restaurant Chesa Seehof and Amreins' Seehofstübli. If you book the half board arrangements (we recommend this and our clients usually do) the culinary delights of the 4-course dinner are taken in the Panoramarestaurant, where every morning you can also enjoy the rich buffet breakfast.
All rooms are elegantly furnished and feature a cable TV and a seating area. A minibar is equipped with soft drinks that are free of charge. Free WiFi connection is also provided.
The large wellness area Bella Vita offers 3 treatment rooms with massages and beauty treatments, a sauna, a steam bath, a bio sauna whirlpool and a relax area with a fireplace.
Eight days of running and hiking with a weekend of racing based on the Alpine marathon events - a superb balance between active holiday and racing that is suitable for all standards.
If time is short and but you want to run in the Alpine Marathon then we have a 3 night option arriving on Thursday and departing on Sunday.
Day 1: Arrive at Zurich Airport (on own flights - there are many low cost flights into Zurick from the UK and it is a major hub for International flights from most countries) - Transfer to Davos by Rail (3hrs). Join us at 4.30pm for a warm-up run around the Davos Lake and then in for dinner at the hotel (if on half board).
Day 2: Acclimatisation runs in the Dischma Valley. Afternoon - walk on part of the K21 course to Klosters approx 10km.
Day 3: Walk over the Sertig Pass on the K78/K42 route (2,700m - 16km, 5 to 6 hrs - demanding hike not suitable for children).
Day 4: Run around the lake. Walk on K78/K31/C42 route from Spina to Monstein. Open races around the lake (1km for young children, 4km for older kids and 4 or 8km choice for adults) - enter on the day SF5.
Day 5: Run around the lake. Easy walk through Landwasser gorge from Monstien Station to Wiesen Station (restaurant for refreshments) - 5km - extend the walk to Filisur to make a longer walk crossing the famous Viaduct into the Albula Valley (12km in total).
Afternoon run on the final section of the K21/K11 route - around the lake and along the road section into the stadium.
Day 6: Run around the lake. Take bus to Sertig-Sand - gently down hill walk of approx. 6km back to Clavadel on the final mountain section of the K78/K42 route. Bus back to Davos and race registration at the Congress Centre.
Afternoon take the bus to Clavadel and run back on the final descent into Davos of the K78/K42 route to the stadium and then on to the hotel (6km)
Day 7: Children's races & pasta party
Day 8: Swiss Alpine Marathon events
Day 9: Final run around Davos Lake. Afternoon departures and evening flight home.
On all tours you will receive a regional rail pass for the period of the Alpine Marathon festival and we have up graded the Davos Guest Visitor card to include free travel on the mountain railways and cable cars. This gives free rail travel throughout the Davos region plus a free journey to St. Moritz in the Engadin valley.
Tue 21 July - Seelauf - 4 or 8 km race around the lake (1 or 2 laps). Kids run of 1 lap. Entry is free if entered online in advance or SF5 on the night with your guest card.Fri 24 July - Mini - events for children only: under 8 - 600mts. 9 to 12 yrs - 2.1k or 13 to 16 yrs 3.7km kids Sat 25 July - Swiss Alpine Festival Events
K10: A new route for the K10, starting in the stadium and running through the forest and back to the stadium. Start in the stadium at 10.10am. Time limit 2hrs.
K21: A new course starting close to Klosters Railway Station and then running up through a picturesque valley then returning near to the outskirts of Klosters before climbing up to Davos Lake then a run through the top of Davos before dropping to the stadium. Time limit 5 1/2hrs. Start in Klosters 11.20am.
Walk 10 or 21K: The Nordic Walk makes the Alpine Marathon accessable to non-runners. Nordic walking poles required.
K30: Starting in the stadium and follows the full K78 route as far as Filisur. A very scenic route, overall down hill but with a few testing climbs before the final drop through the meadows to finish at the bottom of the town. In 2014 it was extended to 33km to take in the famous Landwasser viaduct but has returned to the previous route. Start 7am in Davos. Time limit 5hrs 30min.
S42: This new event for the 30th anniversary starts in Davos Stadium it then runs up the Dishma Valley and up to the Scalleta Pass, traversing along the Panarama tral to the Sertig Pass then returning with the K78 and K42 runners through the Sertig Valley back to the Davos Stadium. Start stadium 9.10am Time limit 10hrs 50min
K42: This is truely Alpine starting in the charming town of Bergun then climbing for 10 miles to the Keschutte Refuge, the first high point at 2,600m, then a run up to the Sertig pass at 2,700m and down into the beautiful Sertig Valley before dropping into the stadium in Davos for the finish. Most people run about 1 1/2 hrs slower than their road time. Start Bergun 11am. Time limit 9hrs.
K78: The Alpine Marathon. This is what it is all about - more than 1000 runners will tackle this giant Alpine route. Starting in the stadium and then a combination of the K30/C42 before picking up the K42 over the Sertig Pass and back to Davos Stadium to be cheered in by the big crowds. Start stadium 7am. Time limit 12hrs.
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