The Eiger Ultra Trail Team
"The vast panoramic views along the routes are so impressive that you get carried away just looking at them". We are united in our opinion that such amazing scenery deserves to be showcased in an Ultra Trail. "The 360 degree view from the Faulhorn at 2680m, the stunning glimpse into the Lauterbrunnen valley and the final strides along the base of the Eiger North Face will set new precedents on the trail running scene!"
Organising the Eiger Ultra Trail event needs a good portion of dynamics, a shared passion, team members with distinct strengths and a great deal of support and generosity from the local region. The Grindelwald Running Association serves as the organising committee for the event and thanks to the voluntary work of the core team and a wealth of volunteers, they are able to bring to life the Eiger Ultra Trail year after year.
Marc Blanc, President of the Grindelwald Running Association, Vice President of the Race Organising Committee
Marc continually demonstrates his ability in project management through his work as co-founder, developer and manager of the 'Backdoor' Sports shop in Grindelwald. Marc is also a qualified painter, snowboard expert and technical director at the local snow sports school. Many notorious running and bike race events have a fixed date in his agenda.
Ralph Näf, President of the Race Organising Committee and Safety Commission
He loves tackling new projects from scratch, looking for solutions and displaying a certain tenacity. Honesty and mutual respect are pillars in his life and the basis in his activities as a mountain guide, President of the Alpine Rescue Bern and Rega rescue specialist. Ralph is a tourism specialist HF, EMBA in Business Administration, married and a proud daddy. Ralph in his profession as a mountain guide: Trittsicher
Werner Marti, Deputy Technical Director
I am passionate about sport as an athlete. I am just as passionate about being on the other side for once and would like to offer the participants something that I usually get to experience as an athlete.
Marcel Marti, Technical Director, E101 Race Director
Marcel is the creator and initiator of the E101 race. For over 10 years a member of the Swiss National Ski Mountaineering Team, he has celebrated considerable success as a professional athlete with 3rd place at the European Championships in the Sprint; the World Cup Sprint victory in Tromso, Norway; and 3rd place overall in the 2014 Patrouille des Glaciers race. Marcel graduated from Commercial College, is a Professional Carpenter and Mountain Guide and works as a Border Guard in the Valais region of Switzerland.
Daniela Roth, Coordinator of Volunteers & Projects
The big passion behind the organisation of the Eiger Ultra Trail fascinates me again and again. The OC members put their heart and soul into it and transfer their passion to many volunteers and runners. This shared passion contributes to the unique atmosphere at the Eiger Ultra Trail.
Nicole Almer, Accountant
The interaction (be it with the runners, volunteers and in the OC - and of course also with nature) is always RESPECTFUL.
Patrick Bossier Event Arena Grindelwald
Honesty is the basic building block of everything! Only those who are honest with themselves can be there for others and achieve long-term success. Even though Ralph and I didn't know each other very well, a honest handshake and a word was enough to seal the cooperation. That's the way it has to be!
Christian Bleuer, Event Area Grindelwald
With great motivation I always throw myself into the big work of setting up, running and dismantling the event site. There is also a lot of other work to be done, such as safety, starts, finishes, award ceremonies, support for volunteers, tidiness, coordination with race control, etc. In short, nothing is left to chance on the event site during the race days and everything has to go smoothly from start to finish. All of this only works with a motivated event site team and if one throws oneself into the preparations and finally into the race days with enormous motivation!
Christian Schlunegger, Event Area Grindelwald
The family-like cohesion in the OC as well as with the volunteers makes it a lot of fun to work on the EUT. And when you see the happy faces of the runners at the finish line, it was worth giving everything!
Peter Ambühl, Event Area Grindelwald
Without motivation from each individual, our event would not even come about.
Christoph Estermann, Manager of Event Arena Burglauenen
Eiger Ultra Tail = pure passion! All athletes, guests, coaches and organisers are involved with unique passion and make the event a unique highlight!
Corina Riesen, Communication
Pure passion for the mountains, people and sport. These are not only my personal passions, but also the most important ingredients for the recipe for success that is the Eiger Ultra Trail. Pure passion.
Werner Kaufmann, Race Director E16
I am passionate about taking part in sporting events myself and always appreciate the work of the passionate helpers. Here at the Eiger Ultra Trail, I have the opportunity to enable other athletes to live out their passion as well.
Ueli Amstad, E35 Race Director
The passion is especially tangible during race week, when all the volunteers, organisers and athletes come together. In a few hours, the village becomes an event site. Everyone is fine-tuning the details, the runners in their preparation, we organisers in our respective areas of responsibility. No one is too shy to help others, everyone wants only one thing: to realise the passion in the best possible way.
Lukas Hediger, Project and Kids Race Coordinator
Motivated runners, motivated relatives, motivated volunteers. The motivation shows itself anew at every Eiger Ultra Trail. This motivation also motivates me from year to year to be part of the Eiger Ultra Trail family and to contribute to the development of the event.
Thomas Stuber, Race Director Trail Surprise
I am motivated to do my best every year for such a great event as the EUT.
Mathias Boss, E101 Route Section Manager
Motivated is the central term for the entire EUT and me - everyone was motivated from the first second until today: the founders, all volunteers and supporters and of course all runners! It motivates me every year anew to provide "my" section of the course for the runners, in the knowledge of the countless - often somewhat suffering - but mostly very satisfied and proud faces of the runners when they arrive on the Männlichen.
Thomas Gilgen, E101 Route Section Manager
I treat every trail runner with respect, be it short or long distance, pleasure, elite or quartz club runners. Athletes should also show respect towards the organisation and its decisions. I am looking forward to great emotions on the Eiger Ultra Trail.
Caroline Hirschi, First Manager
The passion for the EUT can be felt among the runners, volunteers and spectators in an impressive way every year.
Simon Wälti, Feld Manager
Since the first edition of the Eiger Ultra Trail I have been part of this family, which fills me with joy and makes me proud. Every year it is a joyful reunion in the OC. But the highlight is the event itself, because then the Eiger Ultra Trail family expands to include all the volunteers and runners.
Sven Stettler, Wengen Manager
Every year I am very motivated to work for the EUT, in this motivated team, for the many motivated runners! "Ä motivierte Alass eifach, dä EUT"!!!
Michi Preiser, Marmorbruch Manager
It is nice to experience the trust that the Ultratrail family has in us.
Erika Brügger, Coordinatior of First-Aid
It is a pleasure to work with so many different people towards a passionate goal. Everyone is working with dedication to help enthusiastic runners have a fun time in our region and achieve their passionate goal.
Sandra Wenger, Ceremonies Director
The Eiger Ultra Trail is like a big family to me and I look forward to the event every year. The atmosphere during the event and in the preparation phase is very familiar. It doesn't matter if you are an OC or a runner, you help each other, work together and look in the same direction, even if the responsibilities and goals of each individual are different.
Sandrine Zurbuchen Supporting programme, creative, photos
For me, the EUT radiates such a great, family atmosphere, which fascinates me again every year. Volunteers, runners, OC, everyone is happy to see everyone again. Everyone helps everyone and together the event is created.
Natsu Yanaru, Agent Japan
Motivation is for me the inexhaustible source of strength that every runner can give me. It drives me and helps me to support the EUT. We work together towards one goal, regardless of differences in nationality, language, culture and customs.
Yuji Yanaru, Agent Japan
I have filmed many trail running events around the world, but the EUT is the most beautiful and best organised event I have ever seen. This is my "honest" feeling.