This very hard Ultra-trail Marathon is the hardest one day race ever in Vietnam. It will cover all types of landscapes of the mountain range, river crossings and beautiful sceneries. You will start running into the darkness with your (strong!) headlamp just before midnight, and soon the adventure is on.
The first part of the route you will run deep into Hoang Lien Valley, through rice fields, muddy trails and minority villages. In the night you will pass Ban Ho area, run along the Nam Cang River and climb to the My Son village of the small mountain tribe of Xa Pho. After a hard 30km loop, you will join the famous 70km Ultra Marathon route.
Very soon you will experience the sunrise as you will be running on the edge of the most beautiful and remote rice terraces following a river running from Fansipan mountain, the highest peak of Indochina.
After crossing the river it is time to take it easy, the path is narrow and the valley steep down to the river! In the end of the valley there is a hard climb up through rice fields and rose plantations to 1779m. After crossing the road and a water station the deep and old Vietnamese jungle is waiting, the path is again very narrow and slippery, hiking is recommended.
Once out of the deepest forest you will join the Marathon route and the breathtaking view of Ban Quan valley. This is the area of Red Dao minority and rarely visited by strangers. You now continue to the rice fields of Ta Phin. Soon you will reach a 6km uphill and steep downhill before the finish line and the stunning welcome from the other runners at Topas Ecolodge, located at a beautiful hilltop. Now it is time for relaxation and to enjoy the triumph.
Recommended packing list:
. Cap, visor or buff
. Trekking poles
. Blister kit
Required equipment for 70 & 100km – Ultra Marathon:
. Water min. 1.5 L
. Strong head lamp as it is very dark (2 hours 70km – 7 hours 100km)
. Extra battery (only mandatory for 100km)
. Electrolytes – you must ensure that you bring your own source of electrolytes /rehydration salts that will be sufficient for your personal needs during the duration of their run.
. Personal food/energy bars/gels etc. for the duration of the run.
. Small money for buying energy (soft drinks/candy) in local villages (20.000-100.000VND round 1-5USD)
. Mobile phone – in a waterproof carrier/casing and be on roaming or on the local network Viettel
. Poncho or waterproof top (no technical specifications, but should be sufficient to keep you dry in case of a heavy downpour)
. Basic first aid: Small roll of compression bandage (elastic crepe bandage), alcohol wipes, antiseptic cream and plasters.
. We HIGHLY recommend to wear and to know how to use GPS, the final route will be online at least 1 week prior the race.
Note: Registration is only open for very experienced runners above 18 years, who have previously completed at least 1 ultra-marathon of +50km, VMM 42k/70k or an equivalent (Adventurerace, Ironman etc.).