This is a very hard but stunning Mountain Marathon for the experienced runner who is looking for a real challenge. The trail will lead you of the beaten track to areas which are rarely visited by others than locals. First we worm up by running uphill few kilometers on a remote asphalt road before turning into an old path down the slippery jungle, a trail connecting villages in two valleys. This is the land of both Blach Hmong and Red Dao minorities.
We will run through their small wooden village gates and hopefully see that it is season for harvesting of rice. The first climb is serious and will require fast walking for some. The trail goes round a mountain covered by rice fields an forest and we drop down into the limestone valley of Ta Phin and soon we are connected to the half marathon route when crossing the main road. Expect that your time is about double compared to a flat race! Therefore you must bring water and extra energy. If you are still racing 5.30 PM and do not have a headlamp, you will be cut off
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Open to experienced runners above 18 years, who have completed at least 1 marathon.
Maximum time: 14 hours.
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