Stairways to Heaven 2019
Stairways to Heaven 2019
Schedule on 18.5.2019
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    7:00 - 9:00

    Bibs distribution

    Bibs are distributed only in the race village on the day of the race. Bibs will not be sent in advance by post.

    Please let us know beforehand if someone else will be picking up your bib and race packet for you.

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    Backpack transportation

    Runners’ backpacks transportation to the finish line area

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    Race briefing

    Attendance is mandatory. No briefing, no party.

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    Race begins

    First runner starts, followed by the next in 45 second intervals

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    End of race

    Last runner reaches the finish

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    Award ceremony

Track description

1,3 kilometers of distance and 780 vertical meters in 4’261 steps.

The 4’261 steps of the route follow cable car rails and water pipelines leading to a hydroelectric power station. The average slope is 71%, with a maximum slope of 89%!

Refreshment station is located at the top cable car station.

The route is marked and secured with trained mountain rescue personnel.

Descent to departure area is done individually by marked paths or cable car free run when the race is finished.

Spectators are advised to watch the race either from the start, from the road in one of the several places where it crosses the route, or the area of the top cable-car station.

Records & Limits
  • 0:26:07,34



  • 0:32:51,88


The time limit to finish is 120 minutes for each runner.


The event takes place at the base of the Ritom funicular railway in Quinto, Ticino and its surrounding area.

  • By car

    Motorway A2 (E35). From the south take the exit 42-Quinto towards Quinto/Ambrì-Piotta/Rodi/Dalpe. From the north take the exit 41-Airolo. Follow the signs towards the Ritom cable car. Please try to share cars as parking is limited.

  • By train or bus

    Please consult – the closest train station is Ambri-Piotta (approx. 1,5 km from the venue), and the closest bus stop is Piotta, Nord.

  • By plane

    The closest airports are Zurich, Switzerland (ZRH) or Milano Malpensa, Italy (MXP).

Rules & Regulations

The rules and regulations can be viewed online, or downloaded as a PDF.


    It is strictly forbidden to get on the race track any time of the year, except as part of the race! Failing to comply with this request will lead to an immediate disqualification of the identified athletes and thus to a prohibition to start the race; complaints will not be accepted. The owner and the managing company of the structures are declining any responsibility in case of accidents resulting from not respecting of this rule.

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