The spring classic
Rocky cliffs, caves, and thousands of single track trails found at LOWA Ultratrail Fränkische Schweiz (UTFS)
Established as the opening race of the national trail running season, the LOWA Ultratrail Fränkische Schweiz is entering its third round and is hosting the Bavarian Ultra Trail Championships for the first time. Be there when the high-profile course through the Franconian Highlands takes place again on April 20, 2024. On the finest single trails, you run along climbing rocks, past castles and even through caves. Trail running like you’ve never experienced before.
Trail running races through the highlands of Franconia
33km / 1,380m elevation gain
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The speed trail starts and ends at the marketplace Ebermannstadt, is excellent for trail beginners and equally invites for very fast times. This little brother to the Ultra Trail should not be underestimated, though. There are still 1,380 meters of elevation gain and some very technical parts to overcome. After a flowing first half, the biggest tests are still ahead of you after the valley crossing.
66km / 2,760 m of elevation gain
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Are you ready for a real board this spring? When many regions are still impassable due to winter conditions, we send you with the first rays of spring through the beauty of Fränkische Schweiz. There are castles, caves, and seemingly endless ups and downs. We ask you to lay it all out there. It might even take your breath away. The UTFS will host the Bavarian Championships on the ultra course on April 20, 2024.
Impressions and Comments
This is what awaits you on the LOWA Ultratrail Fränkische Schweiz
"We are certain this race will find a place among the top most authentic and beloved highland race classics, on par with Lamer Winkl, etc."
"It’s an event creating a cult following, where a lot of blood, sweat and tears have been invested, and which is surely to make waves in the years to come."
"UTFS has proven with its premiere that the Alps aren't the only place to find demanding and challenging ultramarathon trails through beautiful landscapes. The race organizers laid down a strong foundation in the first year. With their fingers on the pulse of the ultra race running scene, and a lot of passion for the sport, they have secured a bright future for UTFS."
Nice to know about the LOWA UTFS
Who we are and our connection to the Franconian highlands
The UTFS Team
We are five Franconians (either by birth or by choice) who are bound together by an overwhelming passion for (ultra) trail running and by a love for our home trails in the Franconian highlands. Together we plan to stimulate the region by offering trail events and helping to grown a trail running community in the heart of the Franconian highlands.
From left to right: Werner Schlund, Florian Troeger, Stefan Meyer, Johannes Hendel und Matthias Barsch
The Franconian Highlands need not hide behind the Alps. It offers more continuous ups and downs, and more technical and narrow trails which challenge both the body and the mind. About the rise of ultra trail running in the highlands of Franconia.