“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. Often they would run for hours until the hunted animals abandoned themselves to their fate through exhaustion. Trail runners and endurance athletes are back in fashion today – and they love training in Davos Klosters. Is it any wonder? Anyone who runs here enjoys the panoramic views, at the same time benefiting from the bracing high-alpine climate. And from the sheer wealth of trail running options.Get inspired: trail running options
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 fired your passion for trail running?
As a child, I often spent a lot of time hiking in the mountains with my parents. When I later started cross-country skiing, our summer training involved running in the mountains. Today its fashionably and simply known as trail running.
How has trail running developed over the years?
Trail running has undergone massive growth amongst all age groups. And with good reason: running has become much more popular in recent years. Another reason is the longing to return to nature: runners often make a conscious decision to run on trails and avoid the roads.
What do you like about it?
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.
And in terms of routes: what routes do you often run?
My local route heads into the 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’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.
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.