Lizzy Hawker launches new ultra

Alpine event to be added to the Ultra Tour Monte Rosa in September

 The new 100k will join the existing 10k UTMR (credit: Lloyd Belcher)

The new 100k will join the existing 10k UTMR (credit: Lloyd Belcher)

Ultra running great Lizzy Hawker has launched a new 100k race to form part of the Ultra Tour Monte Rosa in the Alps.

The British former world 24-hour champion and UTMB winner has laid down the gauntlet to ultra-runners to take on the tough route from Starting in Gressoney-La-Trinité to Grächen with 6400m of climb on September 7.

Starting in Italy, the race will pass three high passes on the Swiss border and involves running at 3000m altitude before finishing in a village in Switzerland. 

The passes involve steep climbs of 1400m, 1600m and 1400m respectively. Along the way, runners will traverse an ancient path used since the 13th century and an important Roman trading route.

Hawker says: "For comparison, I think it’s harder than the TDS (UTMB's Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie), albeit shorter. For all but about 5-6k it's all single-track and mountain trail.” The winners are expected to take 15 hours and a 28-hour cut-off will be in place.

The new event joins the 170k ultra and 170 stage race, so a variety of speeds will be in evidence.

Does the world need another 100 km race, Hawker was asked? “Possibly not, but there’s a lot of interest in this distance, and, if you are going to make a race, you may as well make one that packs a punch.”

Registrations for all races are open now at www.ultratourmonterosa.com.