70km - Ultra Marathon

CUT OFF NOTE: The last time to continue on the full 70km course from checkpoint 4 is 12pm. From 12-1pm you will then have the option of continuing on a shorter course via a shortcut to checkpoint 6. 

Runners who choose the shortcut option will get the 2 ITRA points as other 55km finishers but not medals or certificates.

70km | +3,092m gain

You can check out the Google Map for the event with the key locations HERE.

START TIME: 4:00AM, 24/10/2020

START LOCATION: Pho Doan (Ba Thuoc District) – Google Maps

CUT-OFF: 1PM (CP4) – 1:30PM (CP5) – 4:15PM (CP6) – 6PM (CP7) – no total cut-off time

FINISH: Ban Hang Race Village (Quan Hoa District) – Google maps

Qualification: Open to experienced runners at least 18 years old on race day, who have previously completed at least 1 marathon. You can register for the race first and submit the race result / certificate link or training tracklog (Strava, GPS watch, etc.) that we can check within 13 September 2020.

Click HERE for full course description.

This is a very challenging 70km ultra-trail Marathon with plenty of climbs and descents and gain of over 3,000m. It will take runners through all of the landscapes that the Nature Reserve has to offer.

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 to link up with the 42km route. 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.

Next 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 and a 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 October, 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.

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VJM20 70km is a 3-point qualifying race for ITRA and UTMB® and 100 points at Asian Trail Master.