Pu Luong Nature Reserve near Mai Chau lies around 140km south west of Hanoi. It is an area where time stands still. Pu Luong is home to ancient jungle, soaring limestone peaks, vibrant rice paddy fields and small villages where life goes on as it has for generations.
Many of these remote villages are still connected by dirt trails and singletrack with plenty of challenging climbing to conquer in between. You will share the route with buffaloes and people from the minority communities, although some of the more remote sections you are not likely to see anybody on race day except another runner. Many of the villages here see little or no tourism, meaning this race is an opportunity to discover truly untouched Vietnam.
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Fly into Hanoi, capital city of Vietnam. From there you can take a bus to Mai Chau or the Pu Luong Nature Reserve.
You must complete the marked course on foot under your own power.
You must stay on the marked course. Short cuts are not permitted. If you get lost return to the last sighted marking.
Littering is prohibited – this results in disqualification
Giving money to people along the route is prohibited. If you wish to give to the local area in a sustainable way you can make an extra donation via the race.
When you get to the check points you are responsible for writing your time and signing your name.
There will be water and fruit available at all checkpoints. You will need to bring and carry any other food you require for the duration of the race.
70k runners will receive extra food after 30km
You must obey the directions of the Race Crew if you miss any time cut-offs.
Outside assistance from supporters is only permitted at the checkpoints.
Please note that you have to carry a personal first aid kit.
If you are in trouble or need medical assistance on the course you must use the emergency number printed on the backside of your race number. If you can give your phone to a local person, please do so. They will be able to tell your exact location to our crew.
If you withdraw you MUST inform our race team. Call the number on the back of your race bib.
Gear & equipment
Your race number must be visible at all times on the outside of your clothing and on the front of your body. Do not cover over your race number with any backpack strap or article of clothing.
You must carry the mandatory gear at all times during the event. The top 3 runners will have gear checks at the finish line and random checks will be done during the event. Any participant without the mandatory gear will not be able to proceed.
The wearing of iPods or other music players with headphones is allowed. However is up to you to use them in a sensible and safe manner so that you remain aware of your surroundings at all times. You must switch off music at all checkpoints so you can hear directions given to you by event crew. You must also switch off music when travelling on all public roads so you can hear approaching traffic.
Breaking any of the rules may incur a time penalty or disqualification.
Any such penalties are at the organisers’ discretion and are final.
You must read, sign and bring the Indemnity Form which you will receive prior to the race.