List of major trail running tournaments in Vietnam that you should know

Trail running is a sporting activity that attracts a lot of participants and in Vietnam there are many trail running tournaments every year across the country from large to small scale.

1. Vietnam Trail Marathon:

Vietnam Trail Marathon

Vietnam Trail Marathon also known as VTM is one of the series of professional terrain races in Vietnam (Vietnam Trail Series) of Topas. Through the race, you will have the opportunity to explore the majestic, mysterious trails of Moc Chau and through the archways you have never set foot on.

In terms of time, VTM will take place at the right time when peach blossoms and plums bloom (February and early March). The organizers created a path that ran through a variety of terrains and landscapes on perfectly runnable roads. In addition to seeing the scenery, you will also share the running track with the locals, horses, donkeys, buffaloes, wild boars and many other interesting characters.

2. Dalat Ultra Trail:

Dalat Ultra Trail

Dalat Ultra Trail is the first international trail running tournament in the system of Asia Trail Master running tournaments held in Central and South Vietnam. With the road being located in the Da Lat Plateau City campus, passing through famous scenic spots such as LangBiang peak, and Lam Vien Plateau with magnificent scenery, surrounded by pine hills, vast lakes and majestic waterfalls, giving Athletes a harsh challenge with the highest altitude at 2079m. 

The run covers 10km, 21km, 45km and 70km and takes place in late February and early March.

3. Quang Binh Discovery Marathon:

Quang Binh Discovery Marathon

Quang Binh Discovery Marathon will bring runners runways immersed in the extraordinarily unspoilt natural space with the freshest air, almost the entire runway in the middle of a deep green primary forest and turquoise green rivers rushing through rocky alleys. The trail passes through most of the famous landscapes of the National Park such as the Botanical Garden, Ozo Park, Trach Ang Bridge, Cavern 8, Moi Fountain, Chay River, Dark Cave, Chay Lap Suspension Bridge, Son River Suspension Bridge, Phong Nha Cave...

In addition, Quang Binh is also a tourist paradise, known as the "cave kingdom" with many beaches and spiritual tourism activities. The tournament was held in March.

4. Vietnam Jungle Marathon:

Vietnam Jungle Marathon

VJM is held in Pu Luong Nature Reserve. This is a place where time stops passing, the roofs of ethnic minority villages, old forests, towering limestone peaks, waterfalls and rice fields battered in the wind. When you join, you'll experience "magical arches and trails".

The tournament includes 10km, 25km, 42km, 55km and 70km distances and is held in October.

5. Lam Dong Trail:

Lam Dong Trail

Running terrain is not only a challenge to your body's resilience, but also a challenge to your determination. Lam Dong Trail was born - marked as the opening event for VietnamJoy's running tournaments in the future. When participating in the tournament, the cold weather, pure fog, thousands of pine forests and fresh streams of Lam Dong plateau will leave a mark in the hearts of athletes participating in the running tournament.

The road of Lam Dong Trail is not too steep and will be a walk for you to have a chance to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the first national park in Vietnam with an extremely diverse and rich ecosystem. The duration of the season is November.

6. Vietnam Mountain Marathon:

Vietnam Mountain Marathon

Vietnam Mountain Marathon is a running tournament that is crystallized from love for running and passion for the land of Vietnam. The beautiful running path of the tournament will lead you through the majestic mountains of Hoang Lien National Park and valleys that are very close to Sapa town but still pristine.

Turn on an information you may not know, VMM is the oldest terrain jogging event in Vietnam! The tournament will include 10km, 15km, 21km, 42km, 70km, 100km, 100 Miles (161km) around Sapa, the majestic forest mountains of the North and will be held in September.

7. Cuc Phuong Jungle Paths:

Cuc Phuong Jungle Paths

Characterized as a rainforest, when coming to Cuc Phuong, athletes will be immersed in the green of the thousand. The CPJP's road has a slope that is not too big and will be a walk for you to have a chance to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the first National Park in Vietnam with an extremely diverse and rich ecosystem.

The tournament is held in April and is also an opportunity for runners to learn more about conservation activities, thereby improving their knowledge of environmental protection and nature protection.

8. Mu Cang Chai Ultra Trail:

Ultra Trail Bottle Cap

Mu Cang Chai Ultra Trail is a competition for runners who love marathons. Participating athletes will cross challenging, unspoilt and harsh passes; idyllic villages nestled in the high mountains and immersed in the fresh, sweet nature of ripe rice at the special national relic of Mu Cang Chai terraced field. 

MCC Ultra Trail is held in September in Mu Cang Chai district, Yen Bai province and includes the distances of 15km, 25km, 50km. These distances are great for trail runners as well as experienced runners. In particular, the 50km supply curve is even scored on the Asian Championship rankings

9. Ultra Trail Cao Bang:

Ultra Trail Cao Bang

As a Race Jungle running tournament, the Ultra Trail Cao Bang is a super trail running tournament with unprecedented challenges. Held in Cao Bang, with the longest distance of up to 200km, this is expected to be an unforgettable challenge for runners who are passionate about trail running.

This super trail tournament in Cao Bang will be an opportunity for runners to experiment with a variety of archways, from the characteristic sleeveless twists of the Ma Renaissance Pass, the rolling hillsides by the Eyes of God mountain, to the small dirt road running along the Quat Son river, or the peaceful suspension bridge span across the Ngoc Con valley. The race time is at the end of September and beginning of October with the distances of 10km, 15km, 25km, 42km, 60km, 110km and 200km.

10. La An Ultra Trail 2022:

La An Ultra Trail 2022

La An Ultra Trail 2022 is held in Dalat Plateau with almost pure roads and many challenges and will pass through the beautiful sites of La An resort, Lavender Garden, Lu Quan Forest, Da Nghit Village, 2 tropical old forests, Ankroet Palace, Prairie and low-leaved pine forests.

With 4 distances of 15km – 35km – 55km – 75km, La An Ultra Trail 2022 is expected to bring great challenges and experiences for runners. The duration of the tournament is 2-3 December 2022.

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