‘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.
Those who run here do not only enjoy the view, but also benefit from altitude training and the stimulating high alpine climate. And from the sheer countless variations for trail running: flow trails over gentle hills and steep, technical trails alternate. All you need for this are running shoes with a good profile, a thin wind jacket and possibly a running backpack for the most necessary supplies. Good to know: When you enter alpine meadows or meet suckler cows, take a look at our behavioural tips.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The signposted ZURICH Vitaparcours runs as a circular route through wooded sections and along the Flüela stream. Information boards at 15 posts explain which exercises are to be carried out. Strength and dexterity exercises alternate with gymnastics or stretching and recovery. In short: a good preparation for trail running.
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.
What would you recommend for a beginner?
Simply don’t overexert yourself. Kilometres run in the open countryside are different to running on the flat. It can take an hour to do four to five kilometres particularly when the land rises steeply. And it’s totally okay to walk from time to time (grins).
Après-biking with mountain biking, après-ski with winter sports enthusiasts. Where do trail runners meet up in Davos Klosters?
On the trails themselves. You can quickly get into conversation with like-minded people, chat about your planned route or spontaneously find a running partner.
And finally: If Davos Klosters were a running shoe, what kind of shoe would it be?
An Adizero Boost. An all-rounder – as varied and multi-functional as Davos Klosters: wear it for a casual loop around the lake or test yourself on a high-alpine route. It’s this mix that makes running here so special for me.
Wide, rocky valleys, crystal-clear lakes and gleaming white glaciers make Graubünden's mountain world one of the most beautiful trail-running backdrops in the world. With seven overnight stays including luggage transport and an excellently planned route, the Via Grischuna belongs on every trail runner's bucket list.
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.
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.
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