This Half Mountain Marathon is very hard! It climbs a beautiful valley, and ones you are out on the route you will enjoy to pass by local villages, streams and forest.
The first 7km climb Run/Hike might be hard, but ones on the top you have a great view of thousands of rice fields 800m down in the valley. You will now run on a rough road in the altitude of +1500m with a direct view to Fansipan, 3143m and the highest summit in Indochina, before dropping down into the small rice fields paths. In the final stage you need to save energy to climb the second mountain via a small dirt trail, before descending to Topas Ecolodge and the finish line. Expect that your time is about double compared to a flat race! Therefore you must bring water and extra energy.
Recommended packing list:
. Cap, visor or buff
. Trekking poles
. Blister kit
Required equipment for 21km – Half Marathon:
.Water min. 1.0 L
Personal food/energy bars/gels etc. for the duration of the run! Expect to double the time compared with a flat race.
. 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