42km Full Marathon
42km | 1,756m gain
Race date: Saturday, 19 January 2019
Start: 7:30AM, Muong Thanh Luxury Moc Chau Hotel
Qualification: Open to experienced runners at least 18 years old on race day, who have completed at least 1 marathon.
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.
After 8km of runnable rolling terrain and a section of ancient jungle you will emerge into a broad valley from which there is only one way out the other side – a very sharp climb to test your legs! Your reward at the top will be grand views back across the valley and into the next which you will then descend into.
Next you leave the 70km course and head onto the 42km only section crossing a series of remote hills. After running through a broad valley you will link back up with your 70km counterparts and run into 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.