If you’re looking for a scenic place that you can run, Hong Kong is the place for you. It may be a renowned culinary centre but there is more to it than its beautiful gastronomic landscape.
The city is laden with natural beauty that ranges from islands to nature reserves, country parks, reservoirs, to name a few. So, running in Hong Kong ensures you’re not just keeping fit, but you also get to enjoy the city’s scenic vistas for the best running experience.
Here are 8 Hong Kong races that you can participate in:
Date: 06th June 2021
Distance: 12km, 22km, 54km
Action Asia hosts this ultra-marathon race for long-distance running enthusiasts. This 50km race will take place at Sai Kung and start at 6:30 am. The trail and road race will kick off at Pak Tam Chung Picnic Garden, which will also be the finishing line for hikers and runners.
For transport, Action Asia usually provides shuttle services for runners at a fee, where they pick them at strategic points.
Date: 3rd October 2021
Distance:7km (09:15), 14.5km (08:30)
The Hong Kong swim-run may be slightly different from other aquathlons you may have taken part in. In this particular one, runners engage in swimming and running activities without changing the kit. This makes it somehow fun and quite challenging.
This swim-run will take on different locations. The 7km run will start at Tam Tam Buyer, while the 14.5 km run will take place at the Park near Stanley Beach. Both will finish at the Shrek O country park.
Date: 13th October 2021
Location: Tai Tam Country Park
Distance: 1.5km (11:00), 8km (10:00), 14km (9:00), 19km (8: 00)
Participating in this race will not just improve your health; you’ll also be running for a good cause which is to help in raising funds for vulnerable refugees in their sports and educational programs. These refugees play an essential role as they are part of the organization team. They aid in making trophies and preparing runners’ delicacies at the finishing line.
This Run Charity Race is a great way to have fun with your family as it includes running categories for both children and adults. Children’s race is usually categorized into the 1.5 km run or the 3km run.
Date: 06th November 2021
Location: Mui Wo
Distance:17 km (10:00), 27km (09:05), 50km (09:00)
This MSIG Summits virtual place allows you to enjoy the scenic terrain as you pass through Lantau Island. Lantau island is known for its astounding scenery of mountains, historical sites, beaches, and waterfalls.
The MSIG summit race will kick off at Mui Wo, which will also be the finishing point for runners.
The race routes include running across Lantau Island ( the refreshing points in this area are famous for their Japanese delicacies and beverages). You’ll also get a glimpse of village life at the Tai O fishing village.
Date: 17th October 2021
Location: Aberdeen P.H.A.B Barbecue site
Distance: 8km, 14km
The Easter Trail Race comprises a challenge run of 14km and an 8km run for kids and family. The challenge run is a short but enjoyable race that runs through the Aberdeen Upper Receiver, past the scenic views along Middle Gap Road, to Wanchai Gap for refreshments. Following this trail leads back to the Aberdeen Upper Reservoir.
Date: 24th October 2021
Location: Hong Kong
Distance: 10km, 21km, 42 km
The Hong Kong Standard Marathons hosts around 70,000 runners around the world. The event holds a full marathon, half marathon and a 10km marathon. Along with standard races, it also hosts wheelchair races, family runs and youth dash.
This annual marathon takes you through the bustling city, allowing you to see the beauty of the inner city with thousands cheering you on.
Date: 12th November 2021
Location: Silvermine Beach, Mui Wo
Distance: 16km, 25 km, 50km, 100km
The Translantau Race is no ordinary race, especially the 100km category run. But, if you set your mind to finishing it, you most definitely will. The 100 km ultra-race takes you through scenic routes on the South Lantau. The terrain includes some steep trails and slopes that climb up the Lantau Peak, one of the highest peaks in Hong Kong.
For this reason, this challenging trail requires you to train adequately to be able to complete the 30hr run.
The 50km run also covers South Lantau trails but less challenging than the 100 km race. The trails cover five climbs; it also requires you to work out in advance to complete the entire route, which takes 12 hours.
The 25km race offers the best scenic seascape views as it covers the coastal trails and takes the utmost 8 hours to complete. The 16km race, however, is a night race that takes you through the stunning rails on Lantau Island.
Date: 4th December 2021
Location: Tung Chung
Distance: 16km (07:45), 27km (07:30), 54km (06:30)
This race will kick off at Man Tung Road Park and will run through Lantau peaks & Sunset peaks — two of the biggest peaks in Hong Kong with outstanding views, following the ridge to Park Mong Olympic Trail, which takes you back to Tung Chung.
The 54km run offers you a chance to experience the famous and beautiful sunrise scenery from the Lantau peak. Also, from this peak, you’ll be able to see the impressive Big Buddha.