Hong Kong Date
Hong Kong has been added to the 2013 The North Face 100 Series, with a new race scheduled for December 14-15.
The brand has been holding TNF100 trail running events in Singapore, China, Japan and the Philippines for several years but until now they have only supported other people’s races in Hong Kong, notably the annual King of the Hills events. The race organiser for that series, Keith Noyes, has now returned the favour, lending his expertise to prepare a new course that is as different as possible to the other 100-kilometre races in the territory.
Until a few years ago, the iconic Oxfam Trailwalker event was the only race of that length in Hong Kong, but such is the growth in interest in trail running – and especially in ultra distances – that the TNF100 becomes the fourth 100-kilometre race on the calendar.
The course is an interesting one, looping around the northeastern New Territories, starting and finishing at Tai Mei Tuk and taking in the bluffs above Plover Cove Reservoir, and coast-hugging trails with views across to China before turning inland for more hills. Both the full course, and the 50-kilometre variant, include a gruelling climb in their closing stages as the course heads up and along the ridge of Pat Sin Leng.