Distance: 21.5km | Elevation gain 850m
Start time: 8:00, Saturday, 01.2025
Wave starts will be used. If you want to run fast, make sure you are in wave 1.
Finish location: The heart-shaped tea hill (Đồi chè Trái tim) – Google maps
CUT-OFF: 23:59:59 at FINISH LINE
Age restriction: 21km entrants must be at least 18 years old on race day
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.
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.
At CP1 you will turn off the 42k/70k 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.