The Thyon Dixence race is an annual event that takes place in the Valais Alps. This trail race will be held on Sunday, August 4th 2024, and is perfect for participants of all levels. Regardless if you are participating or cheering from the sidelines, it’s a must-see event in the Swiss Alps during your summer holiday.

In this post, we’ll share details about the race, the route, participation categories, and why the trail Thyon Dixence should be your next adventure destination.

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The Thyon Dixence race

For those who love trail running, the Thyon Grande Dixence race is an exciting event that draws in an international crowd every summer to the Swiss Alpine town of Thyon. Located through the Valais Alps, this trail race is challenging but renowned for being a good time, with a fun and festive atmosphere.

Days before the race, the surrounding areas are full of visitors who are both taking part in the trail or there to enjoy from a distance. We recommended this event for families or groups of friends, as there are many activities organised throughout the days and evenings before the Thyon Dixence race.

The course

The Thyon Dixence race is just over 16 kilometres and has an elevation gain of 700 metres. The trail runs through stunning mountainous landscapes, including high-altitude lakes and rocky paths, finally culminating at the Grande Dixence Dam. As a running participant, you will need to navigate through altitudes of between 2,100 and 2,450 metres.

Record times have been set for both female and male participants. Last year, in 2023, female runner Joyce Muthoni Njeru from Kenya set the women’s finish time record at 1h18’54”. Only the year prior, in 2022, the men’s record was set by Patrick Kipngeno, also from Kenya, at 1h06’57”.


Race categories

There are 3 main categories for runners. They are divided as Popular (mainly for tourists and amateur participants), Elites (divided into 10 sub-categories) and a Family event. Here is a further description of each category:


This category is designed for amateur runners and those who want to join in on the fun. It is great for individuals or groups of friends who want to experience the thrill of trail running but in a less competitive environment. There is no age limit in this category and start times are staggered between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. in 30-minute intervals. There is a maximum participant limit of 170 people per time slot.


The elite runners are professionals who compete for top honours. This is where skilled athletes from all around the world come and push their limits on this mountain course. This category is broken down into ten sub-categories for runners which are defined by age and gender. The elite category runners take off at 11 a.m.


The family category is truly a beautiful and exciting thing to not only participate in but also witness. It is a great opportunity for families to bond while enjoying nature and making some unforgettable memories. The specific course for families is adjusted for younger children.
To qualify for the family category, there must be a minimum of 3 family members in your race group, with at least one adult and one member under the age of 19 years old. Only direct family members are accepted (grandparents, parents and children).


Additional Information about the Thyon Dixence Race

  • Registration for the Thyon Dixence race is done online and is confirmed upon payment. By registering, you are agreeing to the race’s conditions and rules, and acknowledge the route’s potential risks and challenges. The registration fee is CHF 50 per person, including a souvenir T-shirt, and CHF 25 for children under the age of 16 years old.
  • The race is easily accessible by public transport and bus services from Sion and Thyon, running throughout the morning. Return bus services are available for participants free of charge from Dixence to Thyon 2000, with departures in front of the Dixence restaurant, running from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Spectators can get to the finish line by either bus or car and then climb on foot (about 30 mins) or by taking the cable car up to the dam. Bus services to return to Thyon are available for CHF 5.
  • Booking your lodging ahead of time is highly recommended, as Thyon, Sion and other villages near the trail become very busy during this time. Relying on Alpvision Residences for all of your accommodation needs offers the perfect comfort and solution for every runner and family.

Tips for participating in the race

Participating in the Thyon Dixence race requires some essential gear to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Before we give you some tips, it is important to note that there are 3 refreshment stations located along the trail that offer water, tea, refreshment sponges and fruit. Additionally, it is highly advisable to get medical insurance, especially if you are participating in the elite categories of the race. There are first-aid stations located on the trail and emergency helicopter rescue is available in extreme cases.

Appropriate Footwear: Trail running shoes with a good grip is extremely crucial for getting around rocky and uneven terrain. Please, do not skip this tip.

Clothing: Layers are recommended as temperatures (especially early in the morning) can be chilly and vary throughout the day. Weather-appropriate, breathable, and water-repellent shirts and thin jackets are a good choice.

Hydration Pack: Although there are refreshment stations along the trail, staying hydrated with a hydration pack or water bottles is important.

Nutrition: Energy gels or snacks for sustenance during the race might be needed for some.

Personal Belongings: The race provides transport for personal items to the finish line, so pack a change of clothes and any essentials you would want to have with you at the end.

Safety Gear: Please do not skip on sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat even if the weather is cloudy.

The Thyon Dixence race should be your next holiday destination

The Thyon Dixence race is an amazing experience. Whether you are an elite athlete looking to set your record or a family wanting to make some adventurous memories, this summer event in the Alps is for everyone. Plan your visit with Alpvision Residences to make the most of your stay in the region, ensuring you have a memorable and comfortable holiday!