Vietnam Jungle Marathon
25 May 2019
Pu Luong Nature Reserve near Mai Chau lies around 140km south west of Hanoi. It is an area where time stands still. Pu Luong is home to ancient jungle, soaring limestone peaks, vibrant rice paddy fields and small villages where life goes on as it has for generations.
Many of these remote villages are still connected by dirt trails and singletrack with plenty of challenging climbing to conquer in between. You will share the route with buffaloes and people from the minority communities, although some of the more remote sections you are not likely to see anybody on race day except another runner. Many of the villages here see little or no tourism, meaning this race is an opportunity to discover truly untouched Vietnam.
The trails are all on routes marked under the supervision of our Head of Trails from the original VMM. Water and fruit will be available at aid stations every 10-15km. Runners doing the marathon or the ultra-distance must bring their own additional energy bars, gel or personal food and other important mandatory equipment .
Very strong sun or heavy rain is always a possibility in the mountains. Any participation in this unique event is completely at your own risk and you will be required to sign a waiver in order to participate.
After the race we will create a very special running party atmosphere at the Ban Hang Race Village within the Nature Reserve. Here you can enjoy food, share your experience with your fellow runners and in the evening enjoy a roaring bonfire as the stars come out in the night sky above.
Bring your family, your friends or join this unique event on your own. Just like at the original VMM, you don’t have to be a fast runner, but you better be tough and ready for a unique adventure!
Saturday, 25 May 2019:
We have created 3 day packages that include transport from Hanoi, food and accommodation in traditional homestay stilt houses.
You can also extend the journey and make the race part of a longer active adventure in Vietnam.