Swiss Peaks Trail

FAQ

First of all, it’s worth remembering that all the important information can be found in the roadbook for riders and companions, which you can find on the download page. Please Note: Question concerning information reported in the roadbook or in FAQs below, will not be anwered by e-mail.

– Unfortunately, I can no longer take part in the race and have to cancel it. What should I do?

Please refer to the rules under “cancellation of registration.”. If you meet the refund requirements, please fill out the following  form: https://forms.gle/AmqkQKFreRtAn2686

– I’ve signed up for a race, but I’d like to change to a longer race or a smaller race. What do I do?

It is possible to change distance until 1ᵉʳ August, subject to places available on this race. You can make all your changes directly on our timekeeper’s website using the information in the confirmation e-mail you received when you registered. Here’s the link: https://in.sptiming.com/spt_24

If the desired race is full, then the change will not be possible. If you change for a longer distance, you will have to pay a difference. If you change for a smaller distance, a refund of the difference will not be possible. Please refer to terms and conditions. In addition. No refunds are possible from 1ᵉʳ July. After 1ᵉʳ August, no further changes will be possible.

– What are the registration deadlines?

August 1st midnight for the 360, 170 and 100.  Midnight on 15 August for the other races. While stocks last.

– Quelles sont les dates limites de modification ?

Changes are possible until 1 August. You can make all your changes directly on our timekeeper’s website using the information in the confirmation e-mail you received when you registered. Here’s the link: https://in.sptiming.com/spt_24

– Where can I find the list of participants?

On our website under the “list of registered athlets” tab.

– Is accommodation in Fiesch before the race included in the entry fee?

No, it isn’t. It’s an option that you have to pay for when you register.

– Do I need a medical certificate to take part in the SwissPeaks Trail races?

No, in Switzerland you don’t need a medical certificate to take part in a trail race. On the other hand, races require good physical conditions, specific preparation and good mountain skills.

– How do I register if I live abroad?

You can still register via the registration tab! Welcome!

– Is there any cancellation insurance?

Yes, for all races. This is a paying option available on registration only. You can find information about cancellation refunds on our website in the race rules and regulation.

– In what currency can I pay for my registration?

All races are paid for in CHF (Swiss francs). There is a small exchange rate that your credit card issuer will tell you when you register, which is done exclusively online by following the link on the race pages.

– Where do the different races start from?

Click on the location to see its exact position.

the 660 from Le Bouveret
the 360 from Oberwald
The 170 from the foot of the Grande Dixence dam (Pralong, commune of Hérémence)
the 100 from Finhaut
the 70 departs Val D’Illiez
The Marathon in Morgins
the Half-Marathon from Bouveret, right next to the Quai Bussien (finish line for all races)

– Where can I download the “.gpx” files of the routes?

The “.gpx” and “.kml” files can be downloaded from the page of each race.

Please note that courses may be adapted at any time without notice, even during the race.

– Is the route marked?

 Yes, all the routes are marked (except the first part of the 660, until Oberwald). They are essentially marked with pennants. Not many ground marking. The pennants are equipped with reflectors for the night.

– Where can you find the precise locations of the Lifebases?

In the accompanying roadbook downloadable from the download tab

– Do you have food for allergy sufferers? Gluten-free, dairy-free, etc.

No, we will not provide this kind of food this year.

– How long can I stay at the life bases?

There is no time limit in the life bases, but be carefull about time barriers!

– Is it possible to charge watches and phones at the life bases?

Yes, all bases are equipped with a 40 USB port. You only need to have your cables in your follower bag. No USB cables will be available elsewhere.

– Will we be able to sleep at the aid stations?

At the Lifebases, you can stop for as long as you like (watch out for the time barriers) and beds will be made available. Some refreshment points also offer the chance to rest, but under no circumstances will you be allowed to stop for more than two hours.

– Is it possible to sleep elsewhere than in the lifebases? Hotel, B&B…

No, everything has been done to ensure that there is sufficient comfort and that it respects the ethics of a race like the SwissPeaks Trail.

– Are there any car parks in Le Bouveret? Do I have to pay for them?

Yes, in Le Bouveret there is a large paid car park at the entrance to the village. You can leave your car there for an indefinite period of time. That’s where it is.

For all journeys and for accompanying persons, we recommend that you use this car park. The Bouveret shuttles will take you to the SwissPeaks trail festival site or to the train station to catch the train, which is a 10-minute walk away.

There is also a site for motorhomes. Please note that motorhomes are not allowed in the car park near the finish area and this is clearly signposted!

For more information, please refer to the roadbook that comes out every year in March.

– What about the car parks at the start of the races?

For all races that do not start in Le Bouveret, there are no car parks provided by the organization. Particularly for the 100km and 70km races, it is very difficult, almost impossible, to park close to the start. We therefore recommend that you take the shuttles provided by the organization (free of charge upon reservation) to get to the start of all the races. We do not arrange transportation after the races to pick up your vehicle.
In any case, thank you for your consideration for nature and the villages that host our departures, limit your movements and those of your companions to the strict minimum.

– What is the best way to get to Le Bouveret from Geneva Airport (GVA)? 

The best way to get to Bouveret is to take the train from Geneva airport to Saint-Maurice and change to a second train to Bouveret.

– How do I get to the start the day before or on the day of the race?

The day before and the day of the race, shuttles are organised for the runners starting from Bouveret. Registration for the shuttle service is compulsory. Please fill out the corresponding form under the tab before the adventure => shuttle 

Through partnerships with the Regionalps, Matterhorn Gottard Bahn and the Martigny-Châtelard-Chamonix line, train transport to the start is included in your registration fee. Please present your bib or proof of registration that you will receive a few days before the race to validate that your course is free. 

Please refer to the roadbook for all the more precise answers. 

– How do we pay for the shuttle bus that takes us to the start? 

It is included in your registration fee.

– Are Regionalps trains free? Can I take another train or a taxi?

Thanks to partnerships with the companies Regionalps, Matterhorn Gottard Bahn and the Martigny-Châtelard-Chamonix line, train transport to the start is included in your registration fee. Please show your bib as a ticket for the public transport. You cannot travel by this service on any other train company (SBB, for example).

– What time does the shuttle to Oberwald depart from Le Bouveret?

All the information can be found in the runner’s roadbook, the updated version is published every year in March

– Is there transport for my luggage?

Yes, there’s a follower bag that follows you from one base to the next (660, 360, 170 and 100k races) Only the bag provided by the organization is allowed. Its volume is 50 liters.

For your luggage that goes directly to Le Bouveret from Oberwald, there will also be organized transport. Your bag must be deposited on race day next to the start line

– Is there accommodation provided the day before the start of the 360k?

Yes, at the Feriendorf in Fiesch. This accommodation can only be booked during online registration.

– Is there a campsite?

There is a campsite in Bouveret and Oberwald. You will find futher information and all the links to book your accomodationon our web site under the accomodation tab.

– Can you camp wildly? Or in a parking lot?

In Canton Valais it is formbidden to camp outside the specific camping areas.

– Is it possible to camp in the starting area?

No, there will be no campsite that can accommodate you.

– What accommodation do you recommend in Le Bouveret for the night before the race?

Please note that we strongly recommend that you stay in Fiesch or Oberwald the night before the race so that you can be there on start day. We advise you to book in Fiesch when registering for the race (in the heart of the 1st lifebase):

We offer accommodation under the tab “Info -> Accommodation”. Follow this link to register.

– I would like to take the bib of my friend who can no longer race, is that possible?

Yes, it is free and can be done until August 1st at the latest, please write to us to make the request. After this date, no further changes will be accepted

– Are we allowed to participate in the trail without a bib?

No, registration is mandatory. It is therefore impossible to take part in the race without a race number.

– Until what time can I pick up my bib?

You can find this information on our website, under the heading “Number collection”.

– Can I ask a friend to pick up my bib for me?

No, you must collect your number personally.

– What are the requirements to be invited as an elite runner?

For women: > 710 Itra points
For men: > 820 Itra points

– I want to assist a runner during the race, how can I proceed?

You can refuel at the official refueling stations, mentioned that assistance is tolerated. We rely on your fair play and your environmental conscience while organizing your trips. The race management has the right to limit the number of people assisting a runner.

Apart from the points mentioned below, any form of assistance is strictly forbidden. Any assistance will be treated as cheating and the runner concerned will be disqualified.

– I am registered for one of the races and I want to run with my dog, is this allowed?

No, the accompaniment of your dog is not allowed on the races, in the refreshment stations and in the living quarters.

– Will there be a follower roadbook?

Yes, an accompanying roadbook is available on the website.

– What aid stations are accessible by car? What about life bases?

All the life bases are accessible by car. The aid stations accessible are as follows: Ulrichen, Reckingen, Chäserstatt, Fiesch, Eisten, Grächen, Bluomatt, Grimentz, Evolène, Grande-Dixence, Lourtier, Prassurny, Trient, Finhaut, Barme, Chaux-Pâlin, Morgins, Conche, le freney.

– Will it be possible to follow the races live?

Yes, we offer a follow-up. This is a live tracking (geolocation) in collaboration with the company Trackmium. For more information, please refer to the roadbook.

– Will we be geolocated?

All 360 and 170 racers will be geolocated. This service will not be available for other races.

– How much mobile network coverage can I expect on the SwissPeaks Trail?

Coverage is generally very good in the Swiss Alps. If you come from abroad, you benefit from roaming, which allows you to use all operators. This further enhances your service. Be sure to find out about the costs of using networks abroad. Consider possibly taking an option for calls and data.

– What is the size of the follower bag?

The follower bags will be provided by the organization and will be 50 cm long and 35 cm in diameter (cylindrical) for the 360. For the 170 and 90, 30L bags will be provided.

– Where can I find the race rules?

Click here for Rules and regulations (FR)

– Are poles allowed on the SwissPeaks trail?

Yes, sticks are allowed on all courses and are even highly recommended. If you choose to run with poles, you must keep them with you throughout the race.

– Can I pay in Euros?

Yes, you can pay in Euro. Please check on internet to find the exchange rate in Swiss francs.

– Do I get UTMB® points or “running stones” for finishing one of the SPT races?

No. You will find on our website all the ITRA and UTMB® references assigned for each race.

– What are ITRA points?

You can find all the information on ITRApoints here.

– Can I benefit from ITRA points after 170 km even if I retire?

In the event of voluntary give up, no points will be awarded. On the other hand, if the race is interrupted, you will be awarded with points. Note that these are not UTMB points but ITRA points.

– Which website can I go to to follow a runner?

A few days before the race, a link to a live site will appear on the home page.

– Are runners tracked by GPS?

Runners in races 660, 360 and 170 are tracked by a GPS tracker from the company Trackmium. These are GPS devices that communicate over LTE networks. They weigh about 80 grams. The provision of GPS tracking will not be visible to the public. However, a live tracking platform will allow you to follow the rankings as well as the evolution of the runners on the courses.