At this event, Vietnam has two nominees for the 100km male championship and many celebrities including British Ambassador in Vietnam, writer Trang Ha, MC Thuy Dung, actor Hoang My and judge Miss Universe Vietnam 2017 Huong Giang.
The race’s history
Organized initially in 2013 by the Topas Travel Company, Vietnam Mountain Marathon (VMM) has been increased the number of 200 participants from the beginning to the record 2,500 athletes. This event has become one of Asia’s largest terrain running races and an outstanding event in Southeast Asia.
This year competition
In the 100km race, athletes from Denmark, the Czech Republic, and Thailand were honorably named on the podium, but this year Vietnam is likely to make a change in the longest distance. “We have a few male as well as female competitors who are very fast and note-worthy for the 100km race. Cao Ngoc Ha and Tran Duy Quang, champion and runner-up respectively at the Vietnam Jungle Marathon in May, “said David Lloyd, Sports Director. of the VMM.
However, with the arrival of a number of top foreign athletes including the Philippines champion Manolito Divina of many previous races, Vietnam’s victory will not be guaranteed. It’s definitely not as easy as pie.
Have a look to the female side, Le Phuong Vy and Nguyen Thi Duong of Vietnam team are two strong con
tenders along with many other foreign candidates such as Moana O Sullivan and Montha Suntornwit. It’s inevitable a thrilling race on the track.
VMM 2017 will be inaugurated along with Sa Pa EXPO at Sa Pa Square on Friday 22 September, with the live orchestra, DJ, food area and sponsored booths from California Fitness and other international brands like Garmin and Hammer Nutrition.
100km race will start at 10 p.m on September 22. Athletes will run during the night through the highest peaks of Vietnam.
On Sep 23rd, 70km, 42km, and 21km races will also start to traverse through terraced fields and ethnic minority villages.
The race is organized by Topas Travel and supported by Topas Ecolodge – the unique resort and also the terminal of this exciting competition. The finish line will be drawn at Topas Ecolodge, the very first of 21 places (chosen by National Geographic) to stay if you are environment lovers.
Situated on far-going high mountains, Topas Ecolodge is a unique venue to throw a party at the end of the race.
Athletes can compliment and congratulate others on their finish, enjoy music from DJs, BBQs and campfire til sunset.
The VMM race will also aim at charitable activities with tens of thousands of dollars spent on meaningful activities as of 2013. This year, more than $35,000 will be donated to local projects in Sa Pa and for Newsborn Vietnam organization with the goal of improving the chances of surviving for newborns.
Newsborn Vietnam has been operating in Danang for a long time and has helped reduce the mortality rates for many severely ill infants in Vietnam. The head office of Newsborn in the UK is currently developing a project in Hanoi with the aim of raising national awareness of infant care.