The Vietnam Trail Marathon 2019

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Vietnam Trail Marathon 2019

Welcome to VTM, the third race in the Vietnam Trail Series by Topas, organisers of Vietnam Mountain Marathon and Vietnam Jungle Marathon.

This race takes place in Moc Chau, an area famed for tea plantations and peach blossom orchards. The event will take place at the very height of beach blossom season, creating a running spectacle like no other.

THE NEW ADVENTURE FROM TOPAS
The route is the result of our research deep into the hills. We have created a course which is almost entirely very runnable trail covering a huge variety of landscapes.

You will discover ethnic minority villages that no car can access hidden deep in rugged terrain. You will run through flower fields, tea plantations and orchards. You will share the trails with local farmers, horses, donkeys, buffalo, wild pigs and more.

Run Vietnam Trail Marathon and discover hidden trails, venturing way beyond the trodden path.

Practical Info

Race pack collection
To pick up your own race kit, you must present:

Your Bib Number (informed by email and also available at participant list 1 week prior to the race date)
Your ID/Passport
Your signed indemnity. Download HERE.
For runners under 16 years old of 10km: Parents/guardians must sign the consent form on race pack collection. Download HERE.

Run-Only runners
Pick up your race bib and the important information letter at:

17 January 2019: 8:00AM – 7PM, Topas Travel office in Hanoi – 1B, Alley 12/2/5, Dang Thai Mai, Hanoi
18 January 2019: 6PM – 9PM, Muong Thanh Luxury Moc Chau Hotel (Hoang Quoc Viet Str., Moc Chau Farm Town, Son La Province)
*Authorized collection: For run-only runners only, you may authorise a representative to collect it on your behalf. Your representative must present following documents during the collection:

1) A copy of your AND your friend’s ID/Passport;
2) A copy of your bib number email;
3) Your signed indemnity. Download HERE;
4) Letter of authorisation. Download HERE.

3-day Package Runners
3-day Package Runners will collect their race pack on January 18, 8:30 – 11:30AM at the meeting point – Turtle Lake Brewing Company (Add: 105 Quang Khanh Str., Tay Ho Dist., Hanoi) – Google maps.

See more details to the 3-day package HERE.

*All package runners must pick up the race kit yourselves.

Terms and Conditions

Cancellation/withdrawal policy
Entries cannot be transferred to subsequent years in any cases.

Full refund – within 19 October 2018
You can get a full refund less $50 administration fee if you advise us by email anytime before 11:59PM (CET) 19 October 2018.

50% refund – between 20 October 2018 and 19 December 2018
50% refund of the total payment if you advise us by email between 20 October 2018 and 11:59PM (CET) 19 December 2018.
*Note: for total payment less than $100, you can get a full refund less $50 administration fee.

No refund – after 19 December 2018
No monetary refund if you advise us after 11:59PM (CET) 19 December 2018.

In the case that the event course is – in the opinion of the event organisers – unsafe (for example due to heavy rain, high winds, landslides, “acts of god”), organisers may, at their sole discretion, attempt to re-route the course, find an alternative shortened course or cancel the event.

Organisers also reserve the right to cancel the event for any other reason which may include but is not limited to terrorism and war. If the event is cancelled, re-routed or shortened, no refund or transfer to another event will be made. Due to the scale of the event and travel and commitment involved for competitors, it is not practical to re-schedule the event to any other weekend.

Changing distance
To change distance, a $20 administration fee must be paid.
Participants who wish to change to a longer distance must also pay the extra amount for the new distance.
No refunds are available if changing to a shorter distance.
No changes to race distances after 19 December 2018 or sold out.
Changing 21km-70km distances to 10km policy: $20 admin fee must be paid. Full refund of the price difference for changes before 19 October 2018. Refund 50% of the price difference for changes between 20 October to 19 December 2018.

Transferring entry
Entries may be transferred to another runner until 19 December 2018. An administration charge of $20 is payable.
If the new runner wishes to change distances, the relevant fees will also be applicable.
*To transfer your slot, please advise new runner’s registration profile in this form and send it to info@vietnamtrailmarathon.com for assistance in payment of admin fee.

Age restrictions
Entrants to 42km and 70km must be at least 18 years old on race day.
21km entrants must be at least 16 years old on race day.
10km entrants must be at least 6 years old on race day.
Race entrants up to 14 must run along with the guardian.
For runners up to 16 years old, parents/guardians must sign the consent form on race pack collection.
Littering policy
Intentional littering will result in disqualification from the event.

Mandatory Equipment

Recommended packing list
Sunblock
Sunglasses
Poncho (no technical specifications, but should be sufficient to keep you dry in case of a heavy downpour)
Warm layer (light fleece/thermal) – it is often cool in Moc Chau in Jan.
Warm hat
Cap, visor or buff
Trekking poles
Blister kit

Required equipment for 10km
Waterproof jacket
Water min. 0.5 L (we do not provide plastic bottles at CP, you must refill your own – Race Green!)
There are no other mandatory equipment for our 10km, however we do recommend that you bring a water bottle/energy and that you take a look at the gear listed above. Running 10km on trails is harder than you think!

Required equipment for 21km – Half Marathon
Mandatory
Water min. 1.0 L
Waterproof jacket
Whistle
Personal food/energy bars/gels etc. for the duration of the run! Expect to double the time compared with a flat race.

Optional
Electrolytes
Small money for buying energy (soft drinks/candy) in local villages (20.000-100.000VND round 1-5USD)
Mobile phone – in a waterproof carrier/casing and be on roaming or on the local network Viettel
Basic first aid

Required equipment for 42km – Marathon

Mandatory
Water min. 1.5 L
Waterproof jacket
Electrolytes – you must ensure that you bring your own source of electrolytes /rehydration salts that will be sufficient for your personal needs during the duration of their run.
Personal food/energy bars/gels etc. for the duration of the run. Expect to double the time compared with a flat race.
Small money for buying energy (soft drinks/candy) in local villages (20.000-100.000VND round 1-5USD)
Whistle
Mobile phone – in a waterproof carrier/casing and be on roaming or on the local network Viettel
Basic first aid: Small roll of compression bandage (elastic crepe bandage), alcohol wipes, antiseptic cream and plasters.
If you are still racing 5.30PM and do not have a headlamp, you will be cut off. It is thereby not mandatory for all, but if you are not 100% sure, you should bring one headlamp. Based on our last races, 50% of all runners were still racing after 5:30PM. Do not count your normal time for a flat Marathon!

Required equipment for 70km – Ultra Marathon:

Mandatory
Water min. 1.5 L
Waterproof jacket
Strong head lamp as it is very dark (at least 2 hours)
Electrolytes – you must ensure that you bring your own source of electrolytes /rehydration salts that will be sufficient for your personal needs during the duration of their run.
Personal food/energy bars/gels etc. for the duration of the run.
Small money for buying energy (soft drinks/candy) in local villages (20.000-100.000VND round 1-5USD)
Whistle
Mobile phone – in a waterproof carrier/casing and be on roaming or on the local network Viettel
Basic first aid: Small roll of compression bandage (elastic crepe bandage), alcohol wipes, antiseptic cream and plasters.
We HIGHLY recommend to wear and to know how to use GPS, the final route will be online at least 1 week prior the race.
Everyone participating in Vietnam Trail Marathon must fill out and bring a copy of our indemnity form.

Accommodations

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