Date: 24/25 February 2018
Country: Hong Kong
Race venue: Tai Po and others
Event organiser: Racebase Asia
Race distances: 50 Miles / 50 K stage race or single day race
Elevation gain: TBC
Start time: 0:00 a.m. on 24th for 50 miles stage ; 7:30 a.m. on 25th for 50km stage
Cut-off time: 6:30 p.m. for 50 Miles, 7:30 p.m. for 50km
Asia Trail Master finisher points: 150 (50/50 stage race); 132 (50 miles)
Asia Trail Master performance points: 400 (50/50); 300 (50 miles)
Grandmaster Quest: 1 point (50/50 and 50 miles)
Event website: [Link]
Event registration: Open
One of the best newcomers on the Hong Kong trail scene in 2017 was certainly the 9 Dragons Ultra, organised by Racebase Asia and taking place on the Kowloon (= Jiu Long in Chinese, i.e. nine dragons) side. The event has a special feature in that the main race consists of two separate stages: the 50 miles on Saturday and 50k on Sunday. Both courses have considerable elevation gain and enter less-often used trails of Hong Kong's vast New Territories. The stage race is also the A-race for Asia Trail Master Championship points, but runners can also score well on the 50 Miles single stage. The 50K single stage does not qualify for ATM points.
The 9 Dragons Ultra is also credited as the Hong Kong SuperTrail in 2018, which means all finishers on te 50/50 and 50 miles obtain an extra 50 championship points.
The 50 Mile course (82.1km approximately) crosses Kowloon and the New Territories in Hong Kong from West to East. The route uses a variety of trails including the MacLehose and Wilson trails, among others. The race has an accumulative vertical gain of 3,696m. The precise route map and profile for 2018 will be released in September.
The 50km course start in the New Territories and finishes in Kowloon, running from North to South. The route uses a variety of trail including some of the Wilson and MacLehose, among others. The race has an accumulative vertical of 3,123m. The precise route map and profile for 2018 will be released soon.
Remember that ony the 50 / 50 stage race and the 50 Mile individual race qualify for ATM Championship points. Be aware that if you sign up for the 50/50 and decide to quit after finishing the first stage, you will only get finisher points for the first stage (150) and no performance points
If you like to get a better idea of what the event is all about, Racebase Asia published a detailed report of the 2017 edition. Read it here .