Date: 21/22 September 2019
Race venue: Topas Ecolodge, Sapa, North West Vietnam
Event organiser: Topas Ecolodge
Race distance: 100 km / 70 km (42km and shorter also available)
Elevation gain: 4300 Hm (100km); 3000hm (70km); 2000hm (42km)
Race starting time: Early a.m. (precise time TBA)
Cut-off time: TBC
Asia Trail Master finisher points: 100 (100 km); 70 (70km)
Max Performance points: 400 (100 km & 70 km)
Grandmaster Quest: 1 point (100km & 70km)
Event website: Link
Event registration: Opening on 3 December 2018
International gateway: Hanoi
Travel package: Yes, 4-day and 3-day packages are available
Welcome to the hardest run in Vietnam! VMM is Unique trail running of 10km, 15km, 42km, 70km or 100km in a spectacular mountain region of north Vietnam.
Welcome to the mountains of Vietnam to thousands of yellow rice fields, water buffaloes and colorful ethnic minority groups. The small dirt roads and narrow trails will take you through the majestic mountains and valleys that are only used by locals. Each route will encompass challenging climbs, exhilarating descents and a true glimpse of local life through the rice fields and ethnic minority villages.
The trails – with cumulative positive vertical meters ranging from around 600m (10km) to more than 4000 meters (100km) – will be on a marked route, tagged at crucial navigational points. Water and fruit will be available at aid stations every 10-15km. Runners doing the marathon or the ultra-distance must bring their own additional energy bars, gel or personal food and other important mandatory equipment (see equipment). Given the altitude and general hard conditions this cannot be your first Full or Ultra Marathon.
Very strong sun or heavy rain is always a possibility in the mountains. Any participation in this unique event is completely at your own risk and you will be required to sign a waiver in order to participate.
After the race we will enjoy the very special social life of mountain runners and a good meal around a big bonfire where we can share our running experiences, the mountains and the twinkling stars above. Bring your family, your friends or join this unique event on your own. You don’t have to be a fast runner, but you better be tough and looking for a unique adventure of hiking or running.
The first part of the route you will run deep into Hoang Lien Valley, through rice fields, muddy trails and minority villages. In the night you will pass Ban Ho area, run along the Nam Cang River and climb to the My Son village of the small mountain tribe of Xa Pho. After a hard 30km loop, you will join the famous 70km Ultra Marathon route.
Very soon you will experience the sunrise as you will be running on the edge of the most beautiful and remote rice terraces following a river running from Fansipan mountain, the highest peak of Indochina.
After crossing the river it is time to take it easy, the path is narrow and the valley steep down to the river! In the end of the valley there is a hard climb up through rice fields and rose plantations to 1779m. After crossing the road and a water station the deep and old Vietnamese jungle is waiting, the path is again very narrow and slippery, hiking is recommended.
Once out of the deepest forest you will join the Marathon route and the breathtaking view of Ban Quan valley. This is the area of Red Dao minority and rarely visited by strangers. You now continue to the rice fields of Ta Phin. Soon you will reach a 6km uphill and steep downhill before the finish line and the stunning welcome from the other runners at Topas Ecolodge, located at a beautiful hilltop. Now it is time for relaxation and to enjoy the triumph.
The 100km is a race for experienced trail runners only.
For race details of the 70km and 42km (and shorter distances), please visit the official website
The international gateway for the event is the international airport in Hanoi.
It is recommended to purchase one of the travel packages available for your own convenience. Otherwise, please refer to the 'how to get there' section on the website. Remember that there are visa requirements for most nationalities.
There is also a list of compulsory equipment for all race distances. Please check here.