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The rise of the Vietnamese ultra runner

A recent article on Saigoneer takes a look at the rapid rise of home-grown talent here in Vietnam, a nation which until recently had no ultra trail runners but now sees the podiums filled with Vietnam’s talent.

An extract follows below – click the link to head to Saigoneer for the full feature.

An increasing number of local and foreign residents from Vietnam’s urban centers are signing up to complete “ultra” (over 42 kilometers) trail running challenges. But what about a task that sounds to most like a torturous way to spend a Saturday morning appeals to them?

In search of some answers to this question, and fresh off completing in a trail race myself in May, I went knocking on the doors of some of the Vietnamese runners who’ve successfully claimed top spots in recent events hosted by the Vietnam Trail Series ‘Topas’ team.

Read on for more details here