The virtual Swiss Alps Race

Already in 2020 and 2021 we held the virtual Swiss Alps event due to COVID-19 and it was a great success. We received so much recognition on social media so we had to collect and share them. In total, almost 800 runners from over 30 countries participated in the virtual event.

In 2022 we decided not to do the virtual Swiss Alps event, but we received a lot of emails asking us to bring it back. So it will be back this year and we hope to have a big community to motivate us to reach our goal.

Jakob Herrmann
Founder - Race Director
Swiss Alps 100

Time until the challenge ends: (August 13, 2023, 12:00:00 PM/UTC)

video by Patrick Riekert

How does this work?

The Virtual Swiss Alps starts on May 13th and continues through August 13th (which is also the official finish day of the real Swiss Alps 100 event). The main goal is to cover the entire distance before this challenge is over.

What does it take to reach the goals? During those 93 days you will have to conver an average of:
- 4.3km (2.6 miles) every day to reach the 400KM
- 8.6km (5.3 miles) every day to reach the 800KM
- 12.9km (8.0 miles) every day to reach the 1200KM
- 21.5km (13.3 miles) every day to reach the 2000KM.

You can either walk, run, jog, or sprint outdoors on trails, street, sidewalks or indoors on your treadmill. This should only be the distances you cover when you actually go out to run. Counting your total steps during the whole day from your device does not count. Wouldn't be too fair.

What do we get?

When you register you have the opportunity to buy a commemorative Swiss Alps shirt, running hat and/or a medal. We will mail out the items you've ordered after August 13th. If on August 13, 2023 you have not reached your distance, we will mail you your shirt and/or running hat if you ordered one. But you will not get the medal even if you ordered one.

Can I upgrade during the challenge?

Yes, you can. Once you reach the distance you registered for and you think you can reach the next level before August 13th, then you can upgrade it. For example, if you registered for the 800KM. In 1.5 months you reached 800KM and you think you can go 1200KM. At that point, you can upgrade to the 1200KM for free. We don't allow participants to downgrade their distance once the virtual race has started.

How do I submit my results?

Once this challenge starts you can come to this website every time you want to submit a result. You will be able to pick your name from a drop down menu and then submit your kilometers or miles you've covered. We will keep track of your total distance and also show you where you stand within all the participants.

It is a global event!

Every single runner around the entire world is welcome to join me! It does not matter where you live on this globe. The official race hashtag is #virtualSwissAlps please use it when you post on social media. Join us at our Facebook page and share your experiences and progress.

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