The Vietnam Mountain Marathon 2016 is set to be bigger and better than ever, with 1,500 runners arriving in Sapa on September 24.
This year 1,500 adventurous runners – many of them Vietnamese – are set to descend on the beautifully located mountain town of Sapa on September 24 and 25. They will race on some of the toughest and most beautiful trails of any trail race in the world.
Some will tackle a half marathon (21km), others will aim to complete the full marathon distance (42km) while some hardcore individuals will be aiming to complete the ultra distances of 70km or 100km.
The race opens up parts of Sapa that normally remain out of reach making it a magnet for adventurers who want to see truly remote Vietnam. The buffalo-beaten race trails venture far from the normal tourist path through the land of ethnic minority villages and the magnificent rice-terraced valleys that Sapa is famous for.
Race director, Asger Koppen said: “This race was created due to my love of these mountains. I have always wanted to share the beauty of this area with those who love the great outdoors and now adventurous racers can see more of it than ever on our new 100km route.”
Double VMM 70km champion, Simon Grimstrup of Denmark will be returning this year to help with race organisation. He said: “I’ve raced all over the world and the VMM course is both one of the most stunning and most challenging out there. It is a very special race because of its ambiance and the great camaraderie between the participants.”
The race is supported by Topas Travel and Topas Ecolodge, the unique resort where the finish line is located. Set on a hill top deep in the mountains, Topas Ecolodge transforms into a unique running party venue at the end of the race. Crowds of runners cheer finishers across the line throughout the day and a DJ, BBQ and bonfire ensure the party keeps going until way after dark.
Over the last few years the Vietnam Mountain Marathon has donated thousands of dollars to good causes. This year we will continue to give back, with $20 from every single race entry donated to the local community.
For a video featuring the race route, please see: https://www.facebook.com/ VietnamMountainMarathon/videos/418913654974094/.