The VJM 70KM - Ultra Marathon


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Distance: 66.2km | Elevation gain 2,850m

Start time: 4:00, Saturday, 19-10-2024

Start location: Leo village’s football field (Thanh Lam Commune, Ba Thuoc District)Google maps

(Our crew will be on hand to advise independent drivers at the start area)  

CUT-OFF: 11:00 at CP3 – 14:00 at CP4 – 15:30 at CP5 – 17:30 at CP6 20:00 at CP7 21:30 at CP8 – 00:00 at FINISH 

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

Age restriction: Entrants to 70km must be at least 18 years old on race day.

Qualification: To run 70km, you must have previously completed at least one official TRAIL race of 40km+ with significant elevation before the race. The race must be an official race, not a virtual race / club run.

On registration, please provide a URL link to your qualifying result (Topas race e-certificate link, UTMB Index, ITRA results page, or similar). If you plan to complete a qualifying race between now and race day, you must send us your result by 30 days prior to the race date.

Failure to provide evidence of a qualifying past performance will result in refusal of entry and the refund terms stand.

Course description

Our 70km offers an ultra distance route of extreme beauty.  

This is a very challenging ultra-trail Marathon with plenty of climbs and descents and gain of 2,850m. 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 from the start area in beautiful Ban Don village.  

You will first enjoy a loop around the ethnic minority houses here, before heading onto single track trail down into a broad valley.


Once down in the valley floor you will run among paddies and mixed, runnable paths with amazing views all around. You will then reach an extremely pretty river crossing and head onto another runnable trail section which brings you to the foot of your major climb – Doi Troi, or Heaven Hill… otherwise known as The Beast. 

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 views are incredible – you will be able to see a lot of the course that you will be running later in the day. If you are not running for a fast time, this is a definite spot to take your camera out.  

You then take a great downhill trail to a small minority village, followed by a loop around one of the most beautiful rice fields in all of Pu Luong.  

You then have a long, runnable descent back down into the valley. Next, you will race through tiny villages and past waterwheels to 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 hopefully be a magical gold colour during this season. 

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Along this section you will run through more small ethnic minority villages, crossing the front yards of some houses! 

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’, but locally it is called ‘Doc Quyt’. 

You will then be rewarded with an utterly spectacular view of a valley ringed with incredibly steep, jungled limestone mountains. This is a big highlight of the course. 

During October, the colours of the rice fields are at their very best, so the knockout views of vibrant rice paddies and jungle-clad mountains will make all but the most fiercely competitive stop for a photo opportunity! 


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 with yet more awesome views.    

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.  

VJM Ban Hang - Vietnam Jungle Marathon


IMPORTANT: Please note: 

  • 70k & 50k Disqualification (DSQ) will result from a lack of: Means of carrying kit (e.g. race pack / belt); 1lt Water Carrying Capacity; Phone; Waterproof Jacket; Headlamp 
  • 70k & 50k 30-minute Time Penalty will result from lack of: Any other mandatory kit item listed below 


  1. Means of carrying all kit (e.g. race pack / belt) (Lack of this = DSQ)
  2. 1.0L liquid carrying capacity (Lack of this = DSQ) 
  3. Strong headlamp (Lack of this = DSQ)
  4. Waterproof jacket, with hood, sufficient to keep you dry in case of heavy rain (e not a windproof-only jacket; not cheap, thin poncho) (Lack of this = DSQ)
  5. Headwear (hat / cap / buff) (30 minute Penalty)
  6. Whistle (30 minute Penalty)
  7. Mobile phone (with battery for the full event) (Lack of this = DSQ)
  8. Basic first aid kit (30 minute Penalty)


  1. Long trousers / leggings 
  2. Gloves 
  3. Sunblock 
  4. Sunglasses 
  5. GPS watch with GPX track loaded 
  6. Poles (very helpful for most runners) 
  7. Cash for buying food and drinks along the course 
  8. Anti chafing cream 
  9. Tape / blister plasters 
  10. Battery pack to charge phone if needed (IMPORTANT: a phone with remaining battery power is mandatory; no battery power in your phone = disqualification. If you doubt your phone can last until the end, bring a battery pack) 
  11. Survival blanket / Emergency blanket / Space blanket 

Finish Bag

Handing in your bag: 01 bag/01 runner at the START LINE

Please prepare your own bag. Bags must be sealed/closed.  

Do not include valuables – the organiser cannot be held responsible for any loss.  

BRING your luggage tag (given at the race pack collection), we will staple it for you. 

Picking up your bag after the race: at the FINISH

Note: no individual requests for bag transfers can be facilitated. ALL bags are moved together. 

VJM 70km is a 3-point qualifying race for ITRA, an ITRA National League race, and a 100K UTMB Index race.