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Trail running

Trail running

Running towards happiness

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The three-day trail for trail runners

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The new freedom: trail running

Trail running is the new running trend for lovers of the mountains. More and more runners are leaving the roads behind and heading off cross-country, often well away from popular tracks. Their focus is on nature. And there’s more than enough of that in Davos Klosters.

‘Run, Forrest, run!’ A command surely known to every runner. People in ancient times did precisely what Tom Hanks does in his well-known role for similar reasons: unfettered running. As hunters back then could not rely on advanced technology, they simply used their physical abilities and ran after animals to catch them. Anyway, trail runners and endurance athletes are back in fashion today – and they love training in Davos Klosters.

6 tips for trail running
It's much easier to start running than you think.

One

Walk if you need to

Do professional mountain runners sprint up the steepest ascents? No. Admittedly they do so with short mountain sprints but not on longer sections. Save your energy and simply walk quickly from time to time. The surprising fact is that you’ll not be much slower than running.

Two

Awaken your inner child

Running on the road is generally monotonous: you run in a straight line, always on the same surface. By contrast, trail running is fun. There are puddles, roots and rocks. Vary your speed: sometimes faster, sometimes slower. In short, run like you did when you were a child and simply enjoy the experience.

Three

Consciously experience nature

Trail running is so fascinating because it is a natural experience. You often check the time when running on the road. It makes little sense when you run on the opening country – every route is different and cannot be compared. Free yourself up from rigid racing mode: take the time to stop and enjoy the natural countryside.

Four

Run in a concentrated frame of mind

You need your mind as well as your muscles for trail running. Lift your feet higher than when you run on the road, be flexible, spontaneous and concentrated. That takes a little more effort but when you’re in the flow – at one with yourself and nature – it’s simply an incredible feeling.

Five

Small steps, big impact

Your steps will become shorter when you climb, your step rate higher and arm work more intensive. Move your upper body slightly forward and run on the balls of your feet. When you’re running downhill, be sure to slow down your speed when it gets steeper and factor in a few hairpin bends. Always keep your knees soft.

Six

Equipment: less is more

Buy yourself good running shoes. They will help you to achieve a balancing act between stability, flexibility and lightness. Speaking of which ... leave your heavy rucksack at home. Only take the absolute essentials with you: rain jacket, mobile phone, an energy bar and enough water – the tours are sometimes longer than expected.

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Jasmin Nunige's favourite trail

‘The mountains around Davos Klosters are my home base for trail running’

The local top athlete Jasmin Nunige reveals her favorite tour in Davos Klosters. And why running is so special here.

Jasmin Nunige, do trail runners find everything they need here in Davos Klosters?
Absolutely. There are so many possible routes that you can really run your socks off here. In short, the mountains around Davos Klosters are my home base for trail running.

What do you like about trail running?
That it's not all about your time. Simply choose a route and follow the terrain – no pressure. Sometimes faster, sometimes slower. All the time enjoying nature. I specifically love the summer days when the mountain meadows are in flower.

What’s your insider’s hint for Davos Klosters?
The Panoramic Trail on the Parsenn. A beautiful trail with a high-alpine feel at an average altitude of 2,300 metres – ideal for runners who would also like to do some altitude training. And if you run out of energy, simply take a cable car back into the valley. 

And in terms of routes: what routes do you often run?
My local route heads into the side valley of Davos called Dischma. But I never get bored. On the contrary: every day is different. Sometimes the sun is shining, sometimes the trail is wet or the cows are outside.

 

  • Tip: The three-day trail for trail runners

    On three scenically spectacular daily stages, trail runners roam the mountain world around Davos Klosters and the Prättigau. Including luggage transport and overnight stay.

    Switch off and start running: With the first multi-day route for trail runners in Graubünden, runners are offered a unique package with spectacular daily stages, relaxing hotel accommodation and regional catering. The special: Luggage is comfortably transported from one station to the next, so that trail runners can only focus on running.

    Stage 1

    Davos – Weissfluhjoch – Parsennfurgga – Casanna – Gotschnagrat – Contenser Schwendi – Klosters

    Distance & vertical metres
    • Distance: 17.1 km
    • Ascent: 223 metres
    • Descent: 1,703 vertical metres
    Stage 2

    Klosters – Madrisa Alp – Saaser Calanda – Rätschenjoch – Gafierjoch – St. Antönien

    Distance & vertical metres
    • Distance: 18.1 km
    • Ascent: 1,216 vertical metres
    • Descent: 1,684 vertical metres
    Stage 3

    St. Antönien – Carschinasee – Carschinahütte – Schweizer Tor – Verajoch – Gafalljoch – Golrosa – Bergstation Fanas

    Distance & vertical metres
    • Distance: 29.3 km
    • Ascent: 1,733 vertical metres
    • Descent: 1,447 vertical metres
  • Trail running camps and running training in Davos Klosters
    Professional running training in Davos

    Learn from the pros: Jasmin and Guy Nunige offer first-hand tips and tricks to help you improve your sporting success, whether you are a casual runner or a top athlete.

     

    Madrisa Trail Camp in Klosters

    Guided tours on the original tracks including tips and tricks from skyrunning champion Pascal Egli about training, nutrition and equipment.

     

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