Frequenty Asked Questions
How do I volunteer for the event?
Volunteers are the life blood of the event and we therefore appreciate any offers to help. We have tasks that include course marking, sweeping, aid station helpers, registration, timing, clean up and logistics roving. If you would like to help, please contact us. Thanks for volunteering.
Why do you have a website, Facebook Page, Twitter and Instagram account for the event?
The race web site contains all the information you should need to properly prepare for the event. PLEASE take the time to thoroughly review every page of the web site. Facebook is used to communicate with other runners to share important information so please join us there. Twitter and Instagram will be used to post pictures once the race happens.
Will there be a pre-race meeting on Friday and Saturday prior race start?
There will be no formal pre-race meeting for any of the distances due to the many languages spoken by the runners. We strongly recommend that you do your homework before race weekend. You can find all information you need on this website.
Are the mandatory cut-off times at aid stations strictly enforced?
Yes, the runner must leave the aid station at or before the mandatory cut-off time. This is non-negotiable. Failure to abide by this rule will result in disqualification and will result in the runner being banned from all future Swiss Alps 100 events.
What are we doing for race safety and runner tracking?
Each runner bib will have a code which will be scanned by race safety officials when the runner checks in and out of an aid station. That way we know between which station is each runner is. Family and friends will be able to track their runners online.
What is the average temperature for Swiss Alps 100?
Typically for August the average temperature range is from the low 10 (50's) to the mid 26 Grad Celsius (80's). However, due to the exposure on some sections and the ever possible strong winds, be prepared for near freezing wind chill factors at night and hot day time heat indexes. At the 2017 race we started with mild weather and 10 hours later a strong snowstorm has build with temperatures so low some runners shows signs of frostbites and tense fog. You never know, what weather you'll get in the mountains and for that reason, we have a mandatory material list for all runners.
Can 160KM, 100KM and 50KM have a pacer?
160KM runners are allowed to have a pacer starting at the Mühlebach aid station (71.7KM / 44.5 miles). 100KM runners can have a pacer starting at the Binn aid station (64KM / 39.8 miles). 50KM runners cannot have a pacer. One pacer per runner on the course only.
What are the rules for pacers?
Pacers do not have to wear any bibs when they run with their runners. Pacers do not have to pay anything and they have full access to any items on any aid stations.
Can I meet my runner at other than crew access aid stations?
No, crews are strictly limited to meeting their runner at the crew access stations only. Failure to abide by this rule risks a disqualification of the crew's runner.
Is there a formal awards ceremony?
No, all 50KM and 100KM finishers will receive their finisher's medal shortly after crossing the finish line. 160KM runners also will get their belt buckle. All age group awards are also handed out right away. However, we highly encourage finishers, crews, and family to stick around at the finish line and enjoy watching others finish. We will have food and drinks for purchase available.
Will you offer anything special for multiple SA100 finishers?
Runners, who finish their 5th Swiss Alps 100 race, will get a Swiss Alps 100 5-Time Finisher sweater. Runners, who finish their 10th Swiss Alps 100 race, will get a Swiss Alps 100 5-Time Finisher sweaterwith their name embroidered on it. It does not have to be consecutive finishes.
If I have to withdraw from the event, can I transfer my entry or roll it over to the following year?
Anyone who notifies the race director before May 1st is entitled to a 50% refund and before July 1st to a 25% refund. After that date, all the awards, swag, venue costs, permit fees, etc are obligated; as such, there are no refunds after July 1st. No roll over to the next year.
Are trekking poles and music headphones allowed on the course?
Trekking Poles are allowed to be used. Headphones are also allowed but we request you keep the volume low or only use one ear bud to allow you to be safe. Night time headphones are highly discouraged for obvious reasons.
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