55km - Ultra Marathon

55km | +2,600m gain

START TIME: 4:00AM, 25/05/2019

START LOCATION: Pho Doan Town

Age restriction: Open to experienced runners at least 18 years old on race day, who have previously completed at least 1 trail marathon.

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New for 2019, the 55km offers an ultra distance route of extreme beauty. It cuts out some of the toughest parts of our longest route, but make no mistake – this is still a very challenging ultra!

Racers will start running with strong headlamps into the darkness and soon the long first climb up to Bo Dieu village will begin. This is a very serious and steep climb which it is not possible to run up. Runners must conserve their energy here! At the top the route turns downhill onto a descent into the river valley.

As the sun rises runners will race into the picturesque village of Ban Hieu. This fairytale settlement features traditional stilt houses which dot the hillside and a turquoise river with rapids and waterfalls which cascades down to the valley floor.

After reaching the top of the climb you will enjoy sweeping views of the valley before descending back down and running through a broad rice-filled valley which will be a magical gold colour at the height of harvest season.

After a climb into the Nature Reserve you will face a tough jungle section with some narrow, technical trail and a very steep climb we like to call ‘The Spike’.

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 beautiful, 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 on ‘wonder trails’ 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.

Choose your race distance

 
CONTESTSTANDARD FEE (USD)
25km129
42km139
55km Ultra159
70km Ultra169

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

PACKAGERUNNER (USD)SUPPORTER (USD)
(includes Saturday guided walk)
CHILDREN (USD)
(4-12 year old)
Pu Luong Retreat – Modern Stilt House (communal)
*1 slot remains 
149169125
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 55km is a 2-points qualifying race for ITRA and UTMB®.