VMM is arranged by the Danish & Vietnamese travel company Topas Travel and supported by Topas Ecolodge. It was founded in 2013 with The Danish Embassy in Vietnam as co-organizers. The run is a social event, planned and organized by runners for runners, nature lovers and people who want an extraordinary, remote and unique experience.
The event is a result of a long lasting relation between Topas Travel and the Sapa area, as Topas was one of the pioneers in the area more than 20 years ago. Topas Ecolodge is remote located in the Sapa mountains and was partly funded by Danish development assistance as a development project and a showcase for sustainable tourism in the early 2000s.
At the same time this event supports development in the local area as all runners long distance runners donate to charitable work via their entry fee. Over the years these donations have gone to both Sapa O Chau, a local organization that provides education and vocational training for minority youths, Operation Smile, and Newborns Vietnam. Funds are also used for projects in villages along the route, for example a school house has been constructed to vastly improve the education conditions for children living in the mountains.
Our hope is that you and your supporters and friends will enjoy this mountainous experience as much as we do while helping to contribute to its sustainable development.