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20 JULY 2024

"COME TOGETHER"

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For all questions, please contact us at info@montreux-trail.ch with subject Christmas present.

COME TOGETHER

THE MAGIC OF THE EKIDEN
 

3, 4 or 5, that's the number of team-members you'll need to find to cross Switzerland from East to West in an exceptional relay through some of the most legendary places in the Alps: Eiger's North face, Oeschinensee, Engelberg, Gstaad, not forgetting a magnificent joint finish on the shores of Lake Geneva in Montreux.


In addition to the 7 individual relay sections ranging from 78 to 26 km, 3 sections in patrol format with the whole team will make it possible to reach the 400 km on the menu of this unique race.

 

The term "ekiden" comes from two Japanese characters, "eki" (駅), meaning station, and "den" (伝), meaning means of transport. It essentially symbolises the transmission of information or movement from one station to another. The concept is inspired by historic modes of transport, with the first ekiden road relay taking place in Japan in 1917. Don't worry, you won't be asked to pass on any information ...

 

The original ekiden consisted of a 42.195 km marathon, split between six team members, each covering varying distances from 5 to 10 km. In short, we're taking the liberty of adapting this Japanese tradition slightly, while retaining the spirit of solidarity symbolised by the 'tasuki', the scarf, which is passed from one runner to the next, covering the entire distance thanks to the combined efforts of all the team members.

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

DEPARTURE, ​

ARRIVAL AND

PODIUM

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.​ 

REFRESHMENT STATIONS

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.

MAXIMUM TIME

Montreux finish line: 184 hours total time. 

The other barriers will be communicated asap. 

MANDATORY EQUIPMENT

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. 

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

Gloves, spare T-shirt, cap or bandana, sunglasses, sun cream

STAGES

STAGE
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)

KM
78 km

45 km

31 km

36 km

44 km

39 km

17 km

70 km

28 km

8 km

D+
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+

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

★ ★ ★ ★ ★: 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.

FEES

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

1'800 CHF

2'200 CH

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