Are you looking to push your boundaries and find a new tough challenge? Then then 160KM is right up your alley. This 160KM course will test you all the way. It has many technical sections and you will be digging deep to reach that finish line where you can collect not only your medal and belt buckle but, more importantly, your bragging rights conquering this challenging course.
Like the 50KM and the 100KM participants of the 160KM distance will start in Münster at 1'327 m.ü.M. (4,353 feet). The course begins with a gradual downhill on farm/fire-roads and single trails. After the first aid station Niederwald the 160K runner will part with the other distances and make their way up to Bellwald and the their first amazing challenge; the Aspi - Titter suspension bridge. This bridge is 160 meter long, has 1'894 steps, and the valley below is 120 m deep. Have fun!
Once runners cross that bridge it's 4.8 KM and 760 meter elevation gain (3 miles - 2,500') to the Gletscherstube aid station. We are not kidding! The next few miles along the Aletsch glacier will make runner's eyes smile!
With the glacier behind runners they'll be arriving at the Riederfurka aid station. If they have drop bags they'll find it there. After this aid station they'll enjoy a downhill to their second challenge; the Belalp - Riederalp suspension bridge. This one is 124 meter long and looking down they'll see the valley 80 meter below them. Piece of cake!
Being now used to suspension bridges all 160KM runners make their way up to the Belalp aid station. This is a very interesting aid station because from here they'll will have to make their way up to the Hexenbar, which is a 3.2 KM - 520 meter (2 miles - 1,700') climb. Once they arrive there they'll have to come back the same way to the Belalp aid station.
From there the 160KM runners are heading towards the Gebidem dam. They'll cross that dam, which is quite an amazing sight, and move towards the Riederfurka aid station again. From there it's a rolling course of 8.7 KM (5.4 miles) to the Kühboden aid station.
After some downhill and some uphill all 160KM runners cross yet another suspension bridge; the 280 meter (918 feet) suspension bridge Mühlebach - Fürgangen. Soon after that they'll arrive at the Mühlebach aid station where they can find their drop bag if they have one.
From Mühlebach they run to Grengiols. Next up is "The Beast" a 1'128 meter (3,700ft) climb in only 10.3km (6.4 miles) with 14 switchbacks. Soon runners find the Breithorn aid station. 160km runners will then run over the Saflischpass to the Rosswald aid station, around the Fülhorn which is the highest point of this course at 2'734 meter (8,969'). Climbing up to the Fülhorn presents another technical sections of the course where runners have to watch their steps for a few meters. After coming by the Breithorn aid station one more time they're down to the Binn aid station where runners can get their drop bag if they have one. The next 11.6 KM (7.2 miles) it's a long uphill, followed by a short downhill and a short uphill again to the Schäre aid station.
Once they leave the Schäre aid station they'll have another 5.6 KM - 400 meter (3.5 miles - 1,300') climb a long downhill awaits until the Reckingen aid station. Once again, drop bags are available there if they have one. From there it's a rolling course to the Ulrichen aid station and then a slight downhill last portion to the finish line.
With a total elevation gain of 9,850 meter (32,320'), 160km runners will have a cutoff time of 48 hours.