19-20 JANUARY 2018: Angkor Ultra-Trail
The 3rd edition of the Angkor Ultra-Trail will take place on the archeological site of Siem Reap in Cambodia, ranked as a World Heritage by UNESCO.
You’ll run past majestic temples, through forests, tiny little rural villages, past rice fields.
There are 5 distances to choose from (16K, 32K, 42K, 64K, 128K), so this exciting trail event is for every kind of runner.
The new routes, crossing varied numerous temples and villages, from narrow paths through dense vegetation, jungle, rice fields (sometimes with water up to the knee) and sandy tracks, have spiced up the race.
27 JANUARY 2018: Hong Kong 100
The Vibram® Hong Kong 100 is an ultra endurance point-to-point race, that takes place every year in January. The 100km course starts in Pak Tam Chung on the Sai Kung Peninsula and covers some of the most beautiful scenery in Hong Kong, including remote and unspoiled beaches, ancient forests, nature trails, reservoirs and steep hills.
The course is based around Hong Kong’s famous Maclehose Trail, but with some diversions to ensure that runners spend more time in its most scenic sections, as well as finishing with the descent from Hong Kong’s highest peak (Tai Mo Shan).
It includes a cumulative elevation gain of over 4500 meters. The cut-off time is 32 hours.
The race is part of the Ultra-Trail World Tour (UTWT), and kicks off every year these series of ultra races around the globe. It’s also a qualifying race for the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB).
With everyone’s generous donations, HK$701,807 has been raised for various charities in 2017: HK$215,220 to Blind Sports Hong, HK$288,587 to Food Angel, HK$120,000 to Free to Run and HK$80,000 to Hong Kong Breast Cancer Fund.
8 APRIL 2018: PYONGYANG MARATHON NORTH-KOREA
2018 will be the fifth year that the Pyongyang Marathon (or Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon) is open to foreign amateur runners. A unique chance to get to know one of the world’s most mysterious countries.
You can run the 10k, half or full marathon.
All three of these races follow the same course, which is fully recognized by the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations).
For 2017 the race is a return course through the city center. Runners will go past many of the iconic buildings, monuments, and streets of Pyongyang, before heading out into the countryside, just outside the urban center, before running back again.
This new route, which is IAAF bronze label certified, gives runners the chance to see more of the capital than in previous years, and also allows more interaction with people along the course, as it includes more parts of the city than ever before. All races will start and finish inside Kim Il Sung Stadium, in front of a Korean crowd of max 50,000 people.
All non-Korean participants are required to enter the country as part of an organized tour group.
Just a few thousand people are granted entry to the DPRK every year, and tourists compose only a fraction of this number. Taking part in the Pyongyang Marathon via an organized tour is a great opportunity to be able to visit North-Korea.
END OF APRIL 2018: IRAN MARATHON, IRAN (date to be confirmed)
In modern times the marathon has become a symbol of peace. Men from different nations run together in unity!
This new marathon is about much more than running. Runners and supporters from more than 50 countries will attend this race to discover the Persian culture, history and food. Together they will enjoy, eat, discuss and celebrate.
This first Iran marathon intends to open New Horizons and make a better future.
Iran’s barring of women from spectating and participating in sporting events has been a controversial topic, particularly in the recent case of Ghoncheh Ghavami, a British-Iranian law student who was jailed for attempting to watch a volleyball match. But in contrary to last year, women are allowed to participate in this second edition!
The race will be held in Tehran, the capital of Iran. All 1000 participants will finish at the colossal Azadi stadium which can host an impressive 90.000 people. The route is flat but high altitude (1100 m average). Distances you can choose from are the marathon (42.2K), half marathon (21.1K), 10K and 1K.
Finishers are honored at the palace of Darius the Great, the king who ruled the Persian empire at its peak.
10-17 MAY 2018: BORNEO WILDLIFE MARATHON, BORNEO, INDONESIA
The Borneo Wildlife Marathon, Half-marathon or 50K race gets you out of your traveling and running routine gives you the chance to experience some new exciting adventure.
You will have the chance to interact with the locals, challenge yourself running and enrich your life and leave Borneo knowing that you have done something good helping to save the Orangutans.
The Borneo Wildlife Marathon and Half-Marathon start in Palangkaraya in Central Borneo. Prepare yourself for 7 amazing nights, 10th of May 2017 with a race the 13th of the month.
The packages include accommodations, meals, Sei Gohong Orangatan tour to Kaja Island, Bapallas Island Palangka Raya. Proceeds will be donated to the Orangutan Project.
29 JULY-4 AUGUST 2018: GOBI MARCH 7 STAGE FOOTRACE, CHINA
The Gobi March takes place in Hami region in the eastern part of Xinjiang Province in China.
Along the 250K / 155MI of the course, you pass through local villages and across grazing lands where shepherds tend to their flocks.
The region has a number of highlights, including the beautiful Tian Shan Mountains, vast grasslands, sand dunes and villages of ethnic minorities.
Participants traverse 250 kilometers in seven days over rough country terrain with only a place in a tent and water provided.
The terrain includes grasslands, farmlands, dirt tracks, riverbeds, rolling hills, mountain valleys, plains and plateaus.
You will be supported by highly qualified staff, all with experience in hiking, marathons and ultramarathons, and medical teams specializing in wilderness medicine.
The Gobi March is one of the 4 Deserts Races, recognized as the most prestigious outdoor footrace series in the world. Apart from the Gobi March, the series consists of the Sahara Race (Namibia), Atacama Crossing (Chile) and The Last Desert (Antarctica).
25 MAY–2 JUNE 2018: BHUTAN THE LAST SECRET, MULTIDAY RACE, BHUTAN
Run in the happiest country on earth!
Bhutan is the only country in the world that measures the progress of society in terms of “Gross National Happiness”.
You’ll experience the charm and magic of one of the world’s most secret countries with an amazing landscape.
Run through an evergreen prime forest, rural villages, pass amazing monasteries and immerse yourself in traditional Buddhist culture.
The 200K stage race will start 80km east of Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, and finish in the most spectacular monastery on earth, Taktshang Goemba (The Tiger’s Nest).
After six days the race finishes at the most spectacular and mystic monastery on earth, hanging in the cliffs at an altitude of 3000m with an outstanding view of the Paro valley, the Taktshang Goemba, also known as “The Tiger’s Nest”.
During the race week of six stages, you’ll stay in farmhouses more than a century old, tents and a monastery at 3500m. All competitors and organizers will stay in the same place and breakfast, light lunch and dinner are provided.
Each runner has to carry her/his personal and mandatory racing equipment in one bag, which will be transported from camp to camp.
It’s a qualifying race for the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) with 5 points.
12 MAY 2018: CONQUER THE WALL MARATHON, CHINA
The Conquer the Wall Marathon has no equal and is an event that separates the tourists from the adventurers. It will test you like no other race.
The Conquer the Wall Marathon is the longest running international marathon on the Great Wall of China. A locally organized event held annually in May, offering a full selection of runs including a full marathon (42.2K), half marathon (21.1K), 10K and 5K distances.
The Great Wall was built along the historical northern borders of China to protect the Chinese states and empires against invasion. It is often compared to a huge dragon winding up and down in the mountains, grassland, and desert.
When the Great Wall was constructed, the designers intentionally varied the height of the steps to upset any running charge by invaders. It’s a design strategy which has also upset the thousands of runners from around the world who try to conquer the wall each year.
The 20,000+ steps you will encounter will vary in height from a few centimeters to over 40 cm in height, with many of the original sections little more than underfoot rubble. Apart from the ca 30K of stairs you’ll be challenged by a ca 12K steep trail. The message here is to train for rugged conditions and to be prepared for the worst!
From the excitement of the start line to the solitude of an ancient landscape, the Conquer the Wall Marathon will leave you with an experience that will last forever.
29 MAY 2018: TENZING-HILLARY EVEREST MARATHON, NEPAL
This spectacular mountain marathon commemorates the first successful ascent of Everest Late Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Late Sir Edmund Hillary on 29th May, 1953, as a tribute to these heroes.
Starting from Everest Base Camp at 5,356m, the 42.2K/26.2mi trail passes through Everest National Park and Sherpa capital Namche Bazaar, the Buddhist monasteries of Pangboche (one of the oldest in the area) and Thyangboche, up to Kalapatthar summit at 5545m/18200ft. From there you can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks.
Although the course is basically downhill, there are two steep uphill sections as well. There may be snow and ice on the upper part and experience on rough terrain is essential.
Participants will have to be in Nepal three weeks before the race to acclimatize to the high altitude. During these weeks you’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour in the capital Kathmandu, a 14-day trek to the marathon starting point under medical supervision, and an ascent of Kala Patthar (5545m/18200ft) for the best views of Everest.
You can also join a Half Marathon or do a trek from the Base Camp in case you don’t run.
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