21km Half Marathon
21km | 908m gain
Race date: Saturday, 19 January 2019
Start: 9:30AM, Muong Thanh Luxury Moc Chau Hotel
Age restriction: 21km entrants must be at least 16 years old on race day
After a fast 3km of downhill from Moc Chau town you will face your first challenge – a steep, narrow farmer’s track taking you up into the hills. This testing 300m climb will create the first selection of the faster uphill participants.
At the top a beautiful narrow trail leads between peach blossom orchards and tiny ethnic minority villages. You will not find these settlements named on Google maps and there is no road system connecting them. In January the trees will be full of white and pink blossom and the ground will be carpeted in wild flowers.
Soon you will turn onto the 21km only section heading into a wide valley where you can expect to share the trails with kids herding cattle. You will run through the Na Ka valley, famous for its endless peach blossom trees surrounded by mountain peaks.
Finally you will meet back up with the 42km and 70km runners and race to the area’s famous tea plantations. The VTM finish line is located right in the centre of the stunning rows of tea surrounded by hills which will create the perfect finish line photo!