Hong Kong has plenty of fantastic trail races and triathlons, but for something a bit different, why not tie in your next holiday with a running event? Whether you’re a jogging newbie or a marathon junkie, there are plenty of events to sign up for in the next few months, from Siem Reap to Singapore.
Grassland Extreme Marathon, China | 8 July
This unique cross-country race is part of the three-day Genghis Khan Festival, run mostly on sand and grass trails around the Inner Mongolian town of Xiwuqi. Choose from distances of 42km, 21km, or 11km.
Kargil International Marathon, India | 16 July
Taking place in India’s mountainous border area, this race has a serious message – raising awareness for the displaced people of the Kashmir region. Founded by Sarhad, an educational, social and cultural organisation that cares for the area’s children, there are 5km and 10km races, half and full marathons, and a 120km Tiger Hill ultra marathon to challenge you.
Electric Run, Malaysia | 29 July
This 5km run in Putrajaya, Malaysia, takes you through brightly lit themed party zones, as you groove along to your favourite pop, hip hop and EDM tracks. There’ll also be an after-party that will feature a light show and a live DJ. Definitely among the funkier of races.
Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset, Mongolia | 2 August
Runners from all over the world take part in this annual event that aims to raise funds for the conservation of the National Park around Lake Hovsgol – a source of great pride for the local people. The race is run around the shores of the lake, over 42km or 100km.
Da Nang International Marathon, Vietnam | 6 August
Not only is Da Nang a popular holiday spot, and one of the most beautiful places in Vietnam, it’s also the home of the first professional marathon in the country to be certified by various official bodies. This is one of those races that lets you experience the beauty of the area’s coastline in a marathon, half marathon, 10km run or a 5km fun run/walk for charity.
Angkor Empire Full & Half Marathon 2017, Cambodia | 6 August
This sunrise run will see you racing past one of the most famous and largest religious monuments in the world: Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Choose from the marathon, the halfmarathon, a 10.5km run or a 3km family run.
Ground Zero Race for Humanity 2017, Singapore | 20 August
Held in observance of World Humanitarian Day, this challenging race is organised by Mercy Relief, an independent disaster relief agency. It gives participants the simulated experience of a survivor’s journey from ground zero to collect urgent supplies in the aftermath of a natural disaster, with each runner carrying a relief pack weighing from five to seven kilograms. Race distances include 10km, 5km and a 1km course that kids aged three to 12 can take with their parents.
Ironman 70.3 Bintan, Indonesia | 20 August
This triathlon at Lagoi Bay in Bintan, Indonesia comprises a 1.9km swim, a 90km cycle and a 21.1km run. A great location for fans of races.
Hokkaido Marathon, Japan | 27 August
This massive event sees 17,000 runners take to the streets of Sapporo for both a full marathon and an 11.5km fun run. Due to the crowds, this isn’t one to take the kiddies to – in fact, participants must be over 16 years of age.
Maybank Bali Marathon, Indonesia | 27 August
For the sixth year in a row, runners will traverse rolling hills and flat road starting from Gianyar, in Bali’s southeast. This race offers opportunities for the whole family to experience Balinese culture with performances along the route. The race categories include full and half marathons, a 10km run and a children’s sprint.
Singapore International Triathlon 2017 | 10 September
As the country’s pioneer triathlon event (first held in 1984), the Singapore International Triathlon begins with a swim off one of the East Coast beaches, followed by a coastal bike ride, and a run through the park. Categories include Standard, Sprint and Mini, plus Kids – a 100m swim, a 6km cycle and a 1km run. Calm waters and scenic views make for a pleasant and memorable race experience. A highlight on many calendars of fans of races.
Nissan Action Asia X-Trail, Taiwan | 24 September
Kicking off from Chi Man Temple in Maokong, Taipei, this event which is part of the Action Asia series offers two challenging trail runs of 9km and 17km, with an ascent of over 1000m.
This article first appeared in the Jun/Jul edition of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.
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