There are hundreds of running events throughout Asia every year, everything from road-Marathons to high altitude ultra-trail runs. If you are a professional or just an amateur, joining one of these events is a great way of combining a holiday with an adventurous challenge. If you just happen to be in the area of one of these events, it’s a great opportunity to witness and cheer the astounding feat of these super athletes. We have put together a list of 10 of the biggest Running Adventure race in Asia 2018-19. If you want more general information about running in Asia, please visit our running in Asia page.
August 26, Inner Mongolia, China
The race starts in the Moon Lake Oasis in the Tenggeli desert of Inner Mongolia. This is a XTE-Ultra-race over a total distance of 100km over 3 days. A very challenging running adventure race, since you have to carry your own provisions and gear for the 3 stage race. This desert is made up of wandering dunes, some of the fastest in the world. The race will take you through this desert.
100km: Stage 1: 30km (cut off 8h), Stage 2: 45km (cut off 12h), Stage 3: 25km (cut off 6h)
Vietnam Mountain Marathon
22 September, Vietnam
Set in the exotic mountains of the Hoang Liem National Park. This is an annual event since 2013. The routs take you through forest, crossing rivers, jungle, and rice plantations. The longest distance is 100km with altitude differences of 4300m and a cut off time of 23 hours.
Categories: 10km (altitude +/- 500m), 21km (alt. +/- 1000m), 42km (alt.+/- 2000m), 70km (alt. +/- 3000m), 100km (alt. +/- 4300m)
Cut off times from 8h to 23h depending on the category.
Pasuran Bromo Marathon
23 September, East Java, Indonesia
The race takes place near the stunning volcano Bromo in East Java. The race is half on paved roads and the other half are in the Tengger mountains. The track takes you through stunning scenery and beautiful small villages. When in the mountains the altitude varies from 1400 to 2400m.
Categories: 10km (alt +/- 542m), 21km (alt +/- 993m), 42km (alt +/- 2160m)
Cut off time is 8 hours.
Hell Race Skyrunning
30 September, India
A race in the Indian Himalaya region of Himachal Pradesh. This is a Skyrunning race, a new form of race from the 90’s. This is an extreme sport which must be set over 2000m, the incline must be at least 30 degrees and climbing no more difficult than grade 2 UIAA. This a very tough race which requires a lot of preparation. This year’s race takes you up the narrow technical trails of the Solong Valley up to Bakkarthach Base Camp to maximum altitude of 3500m.
Categories: 10km (alt +/- 300m), 30km (alt +/- 1500m), 60km (alt +/- 3670m)
Cut off is from 2 to 14 hours depending on your category.
Ultra trail Chiang Rai
19 October, Thailand
A beautiful race set in the hills near the city of Chiang Rai. The race will take you through, forest, jungle, rivers, and plantations. Your biggest enemy here will not be altitude, but the tropical head/humidity. There are many classes for this race, but the main event takes you over a distance of 220km. You will have a total elevation difference of almost 11,000m, and a maximum time of 60h to complete this.
Categories: 20km (alt +/- 600m), 38km (alt +/- 1200m), 66km (alt +/- 2800m), 122km (alt +/- 5500m), 220km (alt +/- 10800m)
Cut of time go from 6h hours to 60 hours depending on you category.
Ultra Tour Mt.Siguniang
2 November, China
Mount Siguniang is the highest mountain of Qionglai Mountains in Western China. Is is 6250m high. This amazing running adventure race takes place in its shadow. The route will take you to remote wilderness, valleys, crossing rivers, and snowy alpine terrain.
Categories: 35km(alt +/- 1710m), 45km(alt +/- 2510m),60km(alt +/- 3100m), and 100km(alt +/- 4300m)
The cut of time go from 12h to 33h depending on your category.
Manaslu Mountain Trail Race
10 November, Nepal
A truly tough high altitude race. This a 174km race in 7-stages. The trails takes you through the Himalayan wilderness in a part-circumnavigation of Manaslu, the world’s eighth highest mountain. This is an amazing experience, if you join, it will be one of the hardest things you ever do. You will love it and hate it. The highest point of the trail is passing over a 5000m mountain pass. Also this year there is a Marathon in the Everest region and the 100 Ultra Annapurna circuit.
The race: 174km, 7 days, total +/- 11,089m of altitude difference
Langkawi Iron Man
17 November, Malaysia
Classic long-distance triathlon consisting of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile (42.20 km) run, raced in that order and without a break. It is widely considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world. Annually there is a stop in Malaysia. The setting is on the beautiful tropical island of Langkawi, near the border of Thailand.
The North Face 100 Hong Kong
15 December, Hong Kong
One of the big classic races of the Asia-Pacific circuit. It always surprises me how much nature there is in Honk Kong. One always imagines the city whose border meets the sea, with no square inch of nature left. The race takes place in the Pat Sin Leng Country Park and the Plover Cove Country Park. Very cool race and easy to get too.
You can race 50 or 100k, with a alt +/- of over 6000m for both races.
Cut of times are 16h and 27h.
Borneo Ultra Trail
9 March 2019, Malaysia
Awesome race on Malaysian Borneo. The 2018 race took place in the Kiulu Valley north of the city. The race took people through jungle, mountains, scenic local areas, dirt tracks, and back roads. Next years track is not set yet, but might be near Mount Kinabalu. Either way if the sky is velar, the majestic mountain will often be in view.
Categories: 12km (alt +/- 780m), 30km(alt +/- 1525m) , 50km(alt +/- 2310m), and 100km((alt. +/- 4890m)
Cut off times from 6h to 33h depending on your category.