Ultra Zermatt Marathon 2013

The anniversary Ultra Marathon run, held in 2011 was a huge success. Positive discussion after the race finish on the Gornergrat has never really silenced. For that reason, on the 6th July 2013, the Zermatt Ultra Marathon will be run for the second time.

While the runners of the Zermatt Marathon pass the chapel on the Riffelberg and have the finish within reach, the runners of the Ultra Zermatt Marathon will still have exactly 3.4 kilometers and 514 high meters to achieve. The view from the Gornergrat at 3’089 meters is unique and will compensate for all the efforts.

Go on - it's worth it to get hold of one of the 600 starting places of the Ultra Zermatt Marathon.

The course
The 42'195 m certified length of the course are marked all the year by means of white indicators with the Zermatt Marathon logo. At race date, complementary signs (authorized or forbidden ways) are put in place. Race controller directions are to be observed imperatively 

Start: St. Niklaus  at 1'116 m.
Half-way: Zermatt  at 1'615 m. 
Finish: Riffelberg  at 2'582 m.
Acclivity: 2’458 m.
Declivity:  444 m.

Cutoff times
Control points 
Zermatt Bahnhofplatz, km 20.7 at 11.50 a.m. 
Sunnegga Restaurant, km 32.2 at 2.15 p.m
Riffelalp, Hotel Riffelalp Resort, km 39.1 at 3.00 p.m
Riffelberg, km 42.195 03.45 p.m.
FINISH: Gornergrat, km 45.595 at 4.45 p.m.

For the Ultra Zermatt Marathon 2013, the registration can only be made online through

. Registration here.

The entry fee may be carry over to the next year only on a medical certificate basis. The medical certificate has to be presented to the organising team by Friday before the race at the latest.

Starting places
For the Ultra Zermatt Marathon only 600 places are available. The starting places are assigned in the order of the entering payments (registration only possible online through


M/W 18
M/W 30
M/W 40
M/W 50
M/W 60+

Starting costs
CHF 150.00 / € 117.00

Awards and prizes
Functional Finisher T’Shirts, medal, pasta voucher, personal picture with the Matterhorn in the background (online), prizes for the three best per category, ranking on the internet, diploma.

The time schedule
The starting shot is at 8.40 a.m.

The baggage of the Ultra Zermatt Marathon runners will be transported to the Riffelberg. The shuttles will run in 12-minute intervals from the Gornergrat to Riffelberg. Thermal blankets are distributed to every athlete at the finish.

The entire infrastructure (shower facilities, luggage transportation, massage) will remain on the Riffelberg.

Food and drinks
Between Riffelberg and Gornergrat there will be additional provision posts.

First aid posts
From Riffelberg there will be additional aid posts.

Wet weather ruling
Should adverse weather plauge the event, the managment holds the right to change the destination at short notice.  The participants who have not been allowed to run to the Riffelberg due to bad weather will still be credited with the run.

Riffelberg as a finish for Ultra Marathon Runners
Runners who choose to stop on the Riffelberg and not continue up to Gornergrat Ultra Marathon finish line, will be included in the Marathon rankings. These runners will however, not be eligible for Zermatt Marathon category prizes or for awards in hard cash.

Presentation of Ultra Marathon Winners
Located at the party tent in Zermatt train station square, 7:15 pm all Ultra Marathon categories Rankings 1st – 3rd.

See map

The time limit for the Zermatt Ultra Marathon is 8 hours.

We are delighted that Zermatt Ultra Marathon runners will now earn qualification credit points for the The North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc held in 2014. Successful finishers will receive 1 qualification point for The North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc held  in 2014.

For more information, about the The North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, visit: http://www.ultratrailmb.com/