The famous Rigi mountain run is an international event and takes place every year in August. Several hundred runners have to race the 11.3-kilometre course from Arth at the upper end of Lake Zug to the finish at Rigi-Kulm, 1380 meters above sea level. A challenge for every athlete.
The Rigi mountain run requires stamina and endurance
The Rigi mountain run is one of ten mountain runs in Central Switzerland. Running up the Rigi is no walk in the park and demands everything from the athletes. Regardless of what the weather is like. As a rule, it is well-trained athletes who are looking for a challenge on the mountain.
This medium-difficulty mountain run is suitable for well-trained athletes. There are four refreshment stations along the route offering isotonic drinks and water sponges to cool down. Paramedics are also on site.
The start takes place in Arth am See, in the middle of the village, at 9.45 am. The mass start is an attractive event and spectacle for spectators every year.
From Arth to Oberarth, the route is rather flat, after which it becomes steeper. Experienced and successful Rigi mountain runners adapt their rhythm to the terrain.
The international Rigi mountain run, formerly known as the Rigi-Träger-Berglauf, is not an easy mountain run. The steep passages at Rigi-Dächli and the long, hard ascent from Klösterli to the relay are particularly challenging. If you want to be at the top of the rankings, you hardly allow yourself a breather. The final ascent from Rigi-Staffel to the finish in front of the Hotel Rigi Kulm is a little more leisurely.
It is interesting to see how the athletes give their all again after the tough challenge on the home straight.
Younger teenagers and children are also catered for with children’s races. These are available in three different strength classes. They start at the Rigi Relay and also run up to the Rigi Kulm.
Further information and when the next Rigi mountain run will take place can be found at Rigi mountain run.