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21km Trail Marathon


Distance: 21.9km | Elevation gain 1200m

Start time: 8:00, Saturday, 11-01-2025

Wave starts will be used. If you want to run fast, make sure you are in wave 1. 

Start location: Muong Thanh Holiday Moc Chau Hotel – Google maps

Finish location: The heart-shaped tea hill (Đồi chè Trái tim) – Google maps

CUT-OFF: 14:00 at CP1 – 16:00 at CP Na Ka – 18:00 at FINISH

Age restriction: 21km entrants must be at least 18 years old on race day

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. 

Course description

With a tough, steep first climb followed by more runnable trail, this half marathon offers a huge variety of trail with orchards, minority villages, jungle, hills (including some very steep climbs!) and broad valleys finishing in a beautiful tea plantation.

Shortly after the start you will climb up through orchards before expansive views of the surrounding hills open up as the trail traverses the mountain side. You’ll soon find yourself in remote backcountry.

VTM Blossom Female Runner

At CP1 you will turn off the 42km/70km route and descend into the peaceful village of Phieng Canh where you can expect to share the trails with kids herding cattle. After a tough and technical pair of climbs you will run through the Na Ka valley, famous for its endless plum trees surrounded by mountain peaks.

Finally you will meet back up with the 42km and 70km runners and race to the area’s most beautiful tea plantation and our VTM finish line.   

Mandatory Gear

VTM 21km is a 1-point qualifying race for ITRA, an ITRA National League race, and a 20K UTMB Index race.