On the second Sunday morning of March in Maloja in the Upper Engadin, the starting pistol for the Engadin Skimarathon will be fired. Every year, Switzerland's largest sports event attracts around 14,000 cross-country fans from over 65 nations to the Grisons high valley. On the 42 km long marathon route, the runners move over frozen lakes, past typical Engadin villages and through a unique winter landscape to S-chanf.
The Maloja-Zernez cross-country skiing race is more than just a competition. It is an event for like-minded people, for lovers of the Engadin, for friends of cross-country skiing. And for many of the volunteers of the big, much better known Engadin Skimarathon, who cannot start at this race themselves, but who do not want to miss the challenge of a race.