20 JULY 2024
THE MAGIC OF THE EKIDEN
The term 'ekiden' originates from two Japanese characters, 'eki' (駅), meaning station, and 'den' (伝), signifying conveyance. Essentially, it symbolizes the relay of information or movement from one station to another. This concept draws from historical modes of transportation, with the inaugural ekiden road relay taking place in Japan back in 1917.
The original ekiden involved a marathon distance of 42.195km, divided among six team members who each cover varying distances ranging from 5km to 10km. However, there exists a multitude of formats. In 2024 we invite teams (3 to 5 athletes per team) of trail runners to do the Crossing Switzerland 390 km as a team, where each member must do at least one of the stages. There will be at least one, but possibly 2 stages where the whole team runs together. More details in the Race section of the Ekiden.
The true essence of ekidens lies in the collaborative team dynamic. Participants collectively conquer the iconic Crossing Switzerland distance (or an equivalent stretch) alongside their teammates. The relay includes brisk, relatively short legs as well as segments tailored for ultra trail runners. What unites all participants is the 'tasuki' or sash, passed from one runner to the next, spanning the entire distance through the combined efforts of every team member.
Vaduz, Liechtenstein, Saturday July 20, 2024 at 22h00
Montreux, Switzerland until Sunday July 28, 2024, 14h00
Sunday afternoon from 14h00 for all finishing runners
EKIDEN TEAM SIZE
Minimum - 3 runners (18 years or older)
Maximum - 5 runners (18 years or older)
RACE BIB DISTRIBUTION
Only in Vaduz on
Friday 19 July 2024 from 5 p.m. to 8h00 p.m.
Saturday 20 July 2024 from 10h00 a.m. to 06h00 p.m.
There will be approximate 5 base camps and 15 refreshment posts. Based upon our experience at our first edition in 2022 we might make some changes to the number of base camps and refreshment posts. We will update this information as soon as we have more details.
Montreux finish line: 184 hours total time.
The other barriers will be communicated asap.
Water reserve (1 litre minimum), waterproof jacket with a hood (10’000 mm/h), headlamp with spare batteries, spare headlamp, personal beaker, survival blanket, whistle, food reserve, long running trousers (leggings or a combination of leggings and long socks allowed), warm long-sleeved shirt (arm sleeves allowed), mobile phone working in Switzerland turned on.
The organization reserves the right to add equipment depending on weather conditions
If you choose to be accompagnied by a person/team please note that all mandatory items need to be with you at all times during your race. Additional items like spare shoes, clothes, towels, etc. can be given to you only at the designated locations. In case you run completely solo, the organisation will transport your additional items to the next base-camp.
Gloves, spare T-shirt, cap or bandana, sunglasses, sun cream
Stage 1 : Vaduz - Linthal
Stage 2 : Linthal - Altdorf
Stage 3 : Altdorf - Engelberg
Stage 4 : Engelberg - Meiringen-Schwendi
Stage 5 : Meiringen-Schwendi - Lauterbrunnen
Stage 6 : Lauterbrunnen - Kandersteg
Stage 7 : Kandersteg - Adelboden
Stage 8 : Adelboden - Rossinière
Stage 9 : Rossinière - Caux
Stage 10 : Caux - Clarens (Montreux)
4'575 m D+
2'376 m D+
2'006 m D+
2'244 m D+
3'181 m D+
3'504 m D+
1'341 m D+
3'725 m D+
1'998 m D+
88 m D+
4'397 m D-
2'552 m D-
1'466 m D-
2'443 m D-
3'190 m D-
3'134 m D-
1'177 m D-
4'129 m D-
1'752 m D-
874 m D-
If a runner reaches the end of a stage, the next runner must wait at minimum 1 hour to continue the race. I.e. runner 2 arrives in Altdorf at 20h18, the next runner (3) cannot leave before 21h18 from Altdorf direction Engelberg.
PLEASE NOTE that before STAGE 10 - Caux - Clarens (Montreux), there is no mandatory one-hour stoppage time and the team can, after arrival of their runner, start directly for the last kilometres.
During the hour the organisation offer the possibility to recharge the team's tracker, might do an inspection of mandatory items, handles logistics.
The mandatory stop time will be part of the total race time and will not be deducted at the end
CAR PARK & TRANSPORTATION
We organise 2 shuttle busses leaving from Montreux to Vaduz on Friday 19th of July, 12:00 and on Saturday 20rd of July at 09:00. More information will be in the roadbook.
In Montreux we have a parking zone nearby (free of charge) for the runners that want to leave their car the whole week of the event (from Friday 19th onwards. More information in the roadbook.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★: Difficulty obviously depends on the section covered and, in particular, its distance. However, the route takes place on the number 1 long-distance hiking trail (Via Alpina) and is therefore generally well-maintained and of limited technical difficulty.
Team min 3, max 5 runners:
01.09.2023 - 30.11.2023
01.12.2023 - 30.06.2024
01.07.2024 - 13.07.2024
1'200 CHF - Early Bird