For the launch of its first “two-days” event, the 4th edition of the Matterhorn Ultraks started successfully today with sunny weather. Following the traditional Kids’ race, the VZS was won by Victoria Kreuzer (SUI) for the women and Andréas Steindl (SUI) for the men.
The Matterhorn Ultraks, created in 2013, is part of the Skyrunner© World Series since day one with its 46K race. Trying to evolve every year, the organisers of the Matterhorn Ultraks extended this year’s race into a two-days event. While Saturday is hosting the more traditional tracks such as the 16K, the 30K and the 46K, Friday was reserved for the Kids race and the constantly changing Vertical Race – the VZS.
This year, the Vertical race linked Zermatt to Sunnegga. On the distance of only 2.5 kilometres, the runners had to climb 667 meters from the town of Zermatt up to the top of Sunnegga. Andréas Steindl, record holder for the fastest time from Zermatt to the top of the Matterhorn, made it to the first place today with a time of 26 minutes and 41 seconds. As for the women, Victoria Kreuzer stood out with a time of 32 minutes and 21 seconds. The second best time (36min, 21sec) of the women race was scored Lynn Pollinger, who ran in the VZS Juniors category today.
As for the beginning of this afternoon, with perfect running temperatures, 180 kids participated in the Kids’ race, supported by Nepalese trail legend and godfather of the race Dawa Sherpa.
The weather forecast for tomorrow predicts a cloudy sky in the morning and some showers in the afternoon. In the 46K, local hero Martin Anthamatten (SUI) and Elisa Desco (ITA) will defend their title from last year. The organisers are also proud to count ski legend Pirmin Zurbriggen as a special guest for the 16K.