42km - Full Marathon

42km | 1,814m gain

START TIME: 5:15AM, 25/05/2019


Age restriction: Open to experienced runners at least 18 years old on race day

Click HERE for full course description.

Soon after the start you will be racing along dirt trails past small villages with mountains and golden rice fields all around.

Following the small village of Ban Nua a rolling section on a quiet, concrete route includes plenty of climbing as you head deeper into the nature reserve with thick jungle on either side.

Having passed by Ban Cao Hoong village the route arrives at the tiny settlement of Ban Kit. From here on the race goes truly remote.

You will head onto small off-road trails climbing to up to Thanh Cong village and then a tough jungle section follows with some narrow, technical trail.

Before reaching Kho Muong you will be rewarded with an utterly spectacular view of a valley ringed with incredibly steep, jungled limestone mountains. During the end of May, the colours of the rice fields are at their very best, so the knockout views from the lookout point will make all but the most fiercely competitive stop for a photo opportunity.

The descent down to the valley here is very technical and will require care. Once down in the valley a flat section of beautiful trail leads through the picturesque village of Kho Muong from where you will face a long final climb before a short hilly tarmac section.

After descending back down into the Nature Reserve you will reach another small settlement and from here you are on the finishing stretch of trail through a breathtaking valley. After crossing some bamboo and wood bridges you will be on the home run to the Ban Hang Race Village where a well deserved meal and the finish party await.

In our online booking system you can select your run distance (priced separately), then add on the package of your choice.

Choose your race distance

55km Ultra159
70km Ultra169

Choose your optional 3 day package including transport to and from Hanoi, your accommodation and your meals

(includes Saturday guided walk)
(4-12 year old)
Pu Luong Retreat - Modern Stilt House (communal)
*1 slot remains 
Sen Tien Homestay (of Pu Luong Retreat) - Communal House139159119
Pu Luong Home - Bungalow (ONLY double bed OR double bed + single bed, 2-3 persons/bungalow)189209155
Pu Luong Home - Private Room, sharing bathroom (ONLY double bed, 2 persons/bungalow)169189140
Ban Hang Race Village Homestay (communal, traditional)119139105

Read more about the 3 day add on packages

Read more about optional and required equipment here.

VJM19 42km is a 2-points qualifying race for ITRA and UTMB®.