Alpina Matterhorn Ultracks 2018
Alpina watches was the official timekeeper and sponsor of the Matterhorn Ultracks which was held on the 25th and 26th of August in Zermatt, Switzerland.
Founded in 2013, the Matterhorn Ultracks has become an renowned competition in the trail running world by both elite athletes and amateurs of races. This competition offers an exceptional course of various distances and a variety of difficulty levels in one of the most beautiful scenery of the Swiss Alps. Zermatt epitomizes the image of Switzerland and high level winter sports. Alpina watches presence was unmissable, the brand’s logo being present in various spots of Zermatt. More than 2000 runners attended this spectacular manifestation.
For each race, Alpina watches rewarded an Alpina Horological Smartwatch to the winners of the competition in their respective categories. This original Alpina watch is linked to a mobile application powered by an MMT-282-1 module. It can record and track daily life activities and features smart alarms and call & messages notifications.
The Sky race at 3’100 meters is one of the most breathtaking tracks! It requires a lot of determination and courage from its runners to reach the highest summits, combining speed and technique, without fearing to reach and climb up the Gornergrat (3’100m). After all the efforts and at the top of the highest European summit, the runners had the chance to admire the panoramic view of the majestic Matterhorn in awe.
Runners set impressive trail running sports records, in a memorable mountain sports atmosphere. Overall, 7 out of 8 winners from the “Vertical”(2.3 km – 655m), “Active”(km), “Mountain” (32 km -2’000m) and “Sky” (49 km – 3’600m) races were Swiss athletes.
Victoria Kreuzer showed off her versatile skills by winning not only the «Vertical» race but also the “Active” race. Swiss athlete, Andreas Steindl, also qualified himself in the “Vertical” race with an impressive track record. Followed by great performances, the demanding 49km «Sky» race, Martin Anthamatten pulled away from the field to finish first in an impressive 5h00’24. On the other hand, women’s «Sky» race was the only race with international winners, Virginia Perez Mesonero, qualifying herself with a 5h56’06 time for this incredible race. At the scenic «Mountain» race runners had to cope with 32km race and an elevation of 2’000m. Since 2017, Stephan Wenk, reigning champion beat his previous course record with over 5 minutes, finishing in a striking 2h41’23. The women’s victory went to Swiss runner Mirjam Niederberger.