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20 Miles Chur - Lenzerheide

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  • 20 Miles Chur - Lenzerheide
    / 20 Miles Chur - Lenzerheide
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  • / Heidsee.
    Photo: Jochen Ihle, CC BY-SA, Tourenplaner SCHWEIZ
  • / Plessur
    Photo: Mario Buchwalder, Pilgerwege Schweiz
  • / Übers Brückli am See
    Photo: Arosa Lenzerheide
  • / Mittelberg (1525 m ü.M), nördlichster Punkt
    Photo: Arosa Lenzerheide
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From 2003 - 2014 the Graubünden Marathon took place annually. This was considered one of the toughest mountain marathons in Europe and also had a 20 miles route.
difficult
31.4 km
7:50 h
1,647 m
763 m
The start is in Chur on the Quaderwiese, from there it leads through the old town on the road Chur-Arosa to sand. Over a gravel road it continues to Passugg. In Passugg the route leads around the building of the beverage manufacturer Passugger and leaves the road again on a dirt road. From Passugg the route follows the Polenweg to Churwalden. In Churwalden the route first goes through the village and then towards Büel, Foppa. From Foppa it goes down via Mittelberg to Parpan. From there the route leads over the Parpanerhöhe to Valbella. From Canols it continues once around the Heidsee to Lenzerheide.

Author’s recommendation

To finish off, a jump into the Heidsee offers the perfect cooling off and an optimal start to the recovery phase. 
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Ferienregion Lenzerheide
Updated: November 17, 2020
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
1,758 m
Lowest point
587 m
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Safety information

The course is considered good training and can be tackled independently with appropriate preparation. 

Tips, hints and links

arosalenzerheide.swiss

Start

Chur (587 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'759'899E 1'191'323N
DD
46.853814, 9.535538
DMS
46°51'13.7"N 9°32'07.9"E
UTM
32T 540825 5189058
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Destination

Lenzerheide

Turn-by-turn directions

The start is in Chur on the Quader meadow. From there you take the route through the old town and then turn to the road Chur-Arosa. At the junction “Arosa” continue straight towards Sand. At Sand, the route leaves the asphalt road on a gravel road towards Passugg. In Passugg, the route leads around the building of the drink manufacturer Passugger and leaves the road again on a dirt road. After a climb, you turn onto a wide gravel road. Follow the “Polish” path to Churwalden. You run through the village Churwalden (1’240m asl) past the post office, Coop and after the hotel Hemmi you turn left. Afterwards a longer section starts up to Büel, Foppa. In Foppa (1’753 m asl) turn into the asphalt road direction Parpan. After about 1 km down the road, turn left onto a narrow path towards Mittelberg. At Mittelberg, turn left onto the asphalt road that leads to Parpan. At the first junction in Parpan (1’493m asl), turn right into the main road just before the main road, turn left and then go up the parallel to the Hotel Alpina. After the post office, turn left. After about 15m turn right and after another 10m turn right again. You then turn directly into a narrow path that leads over roots to the Valbellnerhöhe. There you walk past a very small lake and then you run parallel to the road until you reach Canols. On your right, you can see the big lake Heidsee. Cross the main street and walk past the Canols kiosk. After a round around the right side of lake Heidsee you cross the main road at the Rothorn valley station. After the underpass turn right and then walk up the sidewalk and after about 100m cross the side of road and run straight into the forest. After about 1.5 km on a gravel road in the forest you cross a side road and cross the main road at the underpass. Then you turn into the finishing line at the school Lenzerheide.

Note

Wildlife refuge Foppas, Parpan: December 21 - April 30
all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

With the train or bus to Chur. 

Getting there

Take A13 to Chur. 

Parking

Parking available by Quader. 

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'759'899E 1'191'323N
DD
46.853814, 9.535538
DMS
46°51'13.7"N 9°32'07.9"E
UTM
32T 540825 5189058
w3w 
///bluntly.tripped.improves
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Sturdy and well broken-in shoes, clothes adapted to the weather, sufficient refreshments. 

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
31.4 km
Duration
7:50 h
Ascent
1,647 m
Descent
763 m
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