Trail Running

The sport of trail running is rapidly growing in popularity worldwide, and Valais is proving to be the ultimate playground for enthusiasts. The region’s big draw? Endless possibilities thanks to an exceptional diversity of topography and terrain. Dramatic mountains, towering peaks, thick forest and lush pastures make for trails full of variety, promising interesting altitude profiles, technical challenges and breathtaking views. Trail runners make use of existing hiking trails, adding an element of speed: perfect for getting fit and overcoming your personal boundaries! Whether you’re a beginner or committed trail runner, you’ll find dream conditions for the sport in Valais. Many competitions, including a number of iconic races, take place throughout the summer.

Top locations 

Trail running enthusiasts can enjoy their sport on any of the marked hiking trails. In addition, the resorts and regions that stage races – such as Nendaz, Verbier, the Pays du St-Bernard and many others – have generally established permanent waymarking along the routes, allowing runners to train on them at any time. Maps and relevant information are available locally. Other resorts and regions have created a dedicated range of services and packages for trail runners, including the following:

Trail running events


Event Distance Destination Date
Torgon Trail 15-25 km Vionnaz-Trogon May 16
Trail de la Pierre A Voir 10-38 km Saxon June 09
Course des 2 lacs 11,5 - 21,5 km Le Bouveret- Taney June 17
Semi-Marathon d’Aletsch 21,1km Bettmeralp June 24
Trail Verbier Saint-Bernard 29 - 111 km Verbier July 07
Zermatt Marathon 42,195 km Zermatt July 07
Tour des Alpages 17 km Anzère July 14
Trail du Vélan 7 – 42 km Bourg St-Pierre July 28
Thyon Dixence 16,4 km Thyon August 05
Sierre Zinal 31 km Sierre August 12
Martterhorn Ultraks Trail 16 - 46 km Zermatt August 24
Nendaz Trail 30 - 65 km Haute-Nendaz August 25
Sommer Gommerlauf 15 - 21 km Obergoms August 25
Ultra Trail du Mont-blanc   Champex Aug 27 - Sept. 2 
Swiss Alps 100 80 -100 km  Münster Sept. 01
Swiss Peaks Trail 15 - 360 km Le Bouveret Sept. 2-9 
Collontrek* 22 km Bionaz (IT) Sept. 06
Trail des dents du Midi 57 km Champéry Sept. 15
Magic Run Event 10 - 21 km Lötschental Sept. 22
Trail des Cabanes 7 km Fully Sept. 23
Trail des patrouilleurs 15 - 40 km Crans-Montana Sept. 29
Les défis des jubilés 19 - 60 km St-Maurice Oct.13
Trail des châteaux 30 km Sion Dec. 08

* to be confirmed