04 Oct, 2015
23 km – Lantau 2 Peaks – (1987m elevation gain, 1988m elevation loss - Max elev 934m - 23.6km)
A very tough hill climbing course that you need to train for. Tung Chung Citygate, Wong Lung Hang Road, Wong Lung Hang Country Trail stairs, Sunset Peak (807m), Pak Kung Au Water CP1 (331m) , Lantau Peak - Fung Wong Shan (934m), Ngong Ping Water CP2 (458m), Nei Lek Shan contour trail (564m), 360 Rescue trail, Tung Chung Citygate.
Three hour (3 hrs) cut-off at Pak Kung Au will be in effect after start and those not making cu-off will be re-routed down Tung Chung Rd to the last 3km of the course. In 2013 the last runners arrived 2hrs 45min.
Water, Gatorade, bananas, bisquits & oranges at CP1 (Pak Kung Au) & CP2 (Ngong Ping) with water & bananas at finish (Tung Chung). You must bring your own water to start and recommend at least 1 litre to start. Support teams are only allowed to stay within 50 meters of each checkpoints and not allowed to provide runners drinks/food on other parts of the course. Let's continue the spirit of trail running and try our best to enforce this.
Start (Tung Chung) to CP1 (Pak Kung Au) - (8km) 878m elevation gain, 549m elevation loss.
CP1 (Pak Kung Au) to CP2 (Ngong Ping) - (7.1km) 723m elevation gain, 600m elevation loss.
CP2 (Ngong Ping) to Finish (Tung Chung) - (8.4km) 377m elevation gain, 825m elevation loss.
Training is needed for 23 km Lantau 2 peaks category
Please make sure you do hill training before competing in this category as you will be climbing some of the biggest peaks in Hong Kong.
Map on left in pdf download or click link
LUGGAGE - YES CAN CHECK LUGGAGE IN AT START - PLEASE WRITE YOUR BIB NUMBER ON LUGGAGE TAG AND USE BIB NUMBER TO GET BACK YOUR BAG AFTER RACE. PLEASE DONT PUT VALUABLES INSIDE.
The Course Route description
Mass start for everyone - 23KM (Please allow elite runners near the front as many are international). There will be a special elite area near the front at start.
The start and finish will come in a slightly different way around the building in front of start so be aware that the start will leave the Tung Chung MTR and go direct to the bike path by the taxi stand. When returning around 150 meters before the MTR you will run thru the 20m tunnel on the bike path and do a left turn taking you around 100 meters to the entrance between the residential buildings where you will do a right turn and run 100 meters to the finish by the Pizza Hut in the square. This will be explained at the start and will be marked with A5 size signs and pink ribbons but encourage you to do a practice warm-up run before start to familiarize yourself with this as will take less than 5 minutes even if walking.
The course will leave Tung Chung along the WALKING PATH starting at the Tung Chung MTR near the Pizza Hut immediately going thru a tunnel after 100m and along the walking path/bike path to a 2nd tunnel after 300m going right into the tunnel (530m into race) and coming out next to Tung Chung fire station. After the fire station keep on the walking path another 400m towards the footbridge and at the top centre of the footbridge (New Hospital will be next to you) the 23km 2PEAKS CATEGORY TURNS LEFT (1.1km) towards Wong Lung Hang Valley. This is in the direction of the mountains closest to you.
At the end of this footbridge (some small village shops in front of you) turn right and run 50m only (river on your left) to the next road intersection of Tung Chung Road and Wong Lung Hang Road where you will TURN LEFT ON WONG LUNG HANG ROAD (1.45km into race) and stay on this Wong Lung Hang Rd heading into the mountain valley with the Wong Lung Hang river on your left for over 1km. Stay on Wong Lung Hang Road passing the gate and running for 1.5km until you see the AFCD map signboard and stairs on your right going (Wong Lung Hang Country Trail) up to Sunset Peak (Tai Tung Shan). This is approximately 3km into the race.
Go up the stairs and stay on this Wong Lung Hang Country trail until you meet the Lantau trail near the top and TURN RIGHT at the AFCD map signboard heading towards Pak Kung Au. This is approx 5.1km (707m elevation) into race. Stay on the Lantau trail passing thru a few mountain huts on top of Sunset Peak (807m high point) and following Lantau trail down the other side to Pak Kung Au - 347m (8km into race) (heading in direction of Lantau Peak). This will be your first water cp so make sure you fill up as still another big hill in front of you. There will be a 3 hour cut off here and those not making the cut off will be sent down Tung Chung Road backwards to Tung Chung.
Be careful crossing the Pak Kung Au road (Tung Chung Road) as they built a fence. You must run up to the new crosswalk and run back down past bus stop and up stairs. Many buses and taxis flying by.
Note the 2015 course has a special change after Pak Kung Au adding 1.5k to the 2013 course. Continue reading.
Continue up Lantau trail ONLY 20 meters and take the FIRST LEFT on South Lantau Country Trail (8.1km - 339m) and continue to just after sign marker C1118 and take the next right turn (10.2km - 346m) going up towards Lantau Peak direction. At 11.3km - 460m reaching the Lantau trail (marker L020) do a LEFT TURN heading up on Lantau trail going up over Lantau Peak - Fung Wong Shan (934 m) (13.3km into race) then down towards Ngong Ping direction on same trail. When you reach the bottom of the stairs and arrive at all these “totem poles” (Wisdom Poles - 14.8km - 451m) in a grassy area around 20m x 10m in size do a right turn at the fence (AFCD map signboard) as this is the new Lantau trail diversion. Stay on this Lantau trail going NORTH towards the direction of Nei Lak Shan and after 200m you will cross a cement road path (15.1km - 460m). This is the next water water CP. Still along ways to go so make sure you refill here. This CP2 will also have a 6 hour cut-off and runners will be directed down to Tung Chung following a cement path.
At CP2 near Ngong Ping runners will cross the road and stay on the Lantau trail going around Nei Lak Shan until you hit a 3 way junction after 200m (15.3km - 480m). Lantau trail goes left at this 3 way junction, but you will go straight staying on Nei Lak Shan trail all the way contouring around the mountain until you reach the cable car tower.
When you arrive at the cable car tower (17.7km - 552m) you have exactly 5km to the finish or 3km to the bottom of the rescue trail. You must climb the little artificial grassy ramp behind the cable tower to go completely around the tower to get on the actual stairs leading down the final Cable Car Rescue Trail. If confused just look for small trail going direct to cable car station and then you will meet the main cement stair trail at the cable car station. Please be very careful running down this trail as there are many wooden sections definitely not made for running as sheer drop offs that are steep and if wet (or has rained in past few days) be VERY CAREFUL and use hand rails to hold on and walk where you can't see stairs in front of you. Again please be very careful. You will see MTR has put signs at these sections so please pay attention to these signs.
When you finish the stair section trail arriving sea-level (20.7km - 6m) near Tung Chung Bay, TURN RIGHT (2.8km to finish) and stay on the footpath that will be marked leading you back to the bike WALKING path and the flyover bridge that you ran on earlier next to the new Tung Chung hospital (22.3km) that will be on your left side when returning towards finish. Stay on the flyover bridge bike path or footpath heading back to the fire station and down thru the tunnel on the bike path, remember just before the MTR you’ll do a left turn (23.2km) on the run bike path and go around the buildings next to MTR and do a right turn (23.3km) leading into the MTR square which is an extra 100m or so extra running and finish around 23.5km.
PLEASE BE VERY CAREFULL RUNNING INTO THE MTR SQUARE BY CITYGATE AS WE DON’T WANT TO SPOIL THE RACE BY HAVING SOME RUNNER HITTING SOME CHILD OR ADULT CAUSING AN INJURY. SO PLEASE BE CAREFUL AND LOOK AROUND YOU WHEN RUNNING TO THE FINISH. Same at the start please don't make noise as Sunday morning and residents sleeping and we have permission on the basis no noise at start is made.
Finish line timing
After crossing the finish line please use your timing wrist band and touch lightly the marshals timing device. Please be co-operative and assist our marshals as fast as possible on this. We will be writing all numbers down as backup timing in case any problems in case any electronic problem.
Cut off time
23km - 3 hrs cut-off at Pak Kung Au. Last event this direction the last runners came thru 2hrs 45min for your information. Anyone cut must hand their timing band to CP1 (importantant) and will be re-routed down Tung Chung Rd to Shek Mun Kap to rejoin the end of the 23km route and given DNF in results.
Full course cut-off 8 hours.
Dropping out - Must notify staff
If any competitors want to drop out at the Pak Kung Au OR ANYWHERE ON THE COURSE YOU MUST notify the check point staff there and witness them writing down your number and then walk or take bus to the finish line and notify finish line staff also so we don’t go looking for you. This is serious as we don't want to waste emergency rescue staff and ambulance looking for you.
Average Time Expected
3.5 hrs – 7 hrs
(Past winners based on 21km course)
Course 21km Male Solo winners:
2009 – Will Davies – 2:30:18
2010 - Stone Tsang Siu Keung – 2:31:00
2011 – Clement Dumont – 2:31:07
2012 - Jeremy Ritcey - 2:25:54
2013 - Clement Dumont - 2:28:12
2014 - Daved Simpat - 2:34:33
Course 21km Female Solo winners:
2009 – Corinna Turner - 3:34:43
2010 – Lucy Marriott - 2:58:56
2011 – Claire Price - 2:53:24
2012 - Claire Price - 2:55:05
2013 - Claire Chapman - 3:06:18
2014 - Marie McNaughton - 3:09:51
Toilets at start/finish
Inside Citygate Shopping mall on main floor and downstairs by ParknShop.
If you want to walk 5-10 minutes to the LCSD Man Tung Rd Park where Action Asia has had the MSIG Lantau50 / Sprint races there are showers there. Can walk on 2nd floor thru Citygate shopping centre towards Novotel Hotel and downstairs next to Hotel. Probably better just change into some warm clothes and shower at home.
Where to purchase hydration systems & trail shoes before race?
Action X Store - www.actionxstore.com
Hydration & Food on course – Race Day – What YOU SHOULD BRING
How much water / energy drink to start with??? RECOMMEND SPORT DRINK AS SODIUM INSIDE TO REDUCE CRAMPING.
You must bring your own drinks to start with so recommend:
2 to 3 liters of sport/energy drink– If you plan on walking the course bring at least 4-5 gels and maybe 3 energy bars with some salt/electrolyte tablets that you can take every 45 minutes or so depending on how much you sweat. Real is food even better (sandwich, bun, potatoes almonds, dried fruit).
Hydrating before race on Friday & Saturday
Recommend to drink lots of water and energy drinks the day before the race. Don’t just drink water but get minerals / electrolytes in your body as well. We’re serious about this as with the hot Hong Kong weather and high humidity it is better to start hydrating TWO (2) DAYS BEFORE THE RACE.
Food on Friday & Saturday BEFORE RACE DAY
Recommend starting carbo-loading at least 48 hours before the race and not just waiting until the night before. AVOID MEAT THE NIGHT BEFORE as takes more than 24 hours to fully digest and will make you feel sluggish. Try to have a good breakfast (banana oatmeal, rice, etc) at least 2-3 hours before the start of the race in order for good digestion.
Garbage on the course
ANYBODY FOUND THROWING EMPTY GEL WRAPPERS, GARBAGE OR EMPTY BOTTLES ON THE COURSE WILL BE DISQUALIFIED AND FINED.
Where to buy food after the race
Many restaurants in Citygate by Tung Chung MTR.
Sunscreen, Clothing and Hat
Don’t forget to put the sunblock on before the race.
Lightweight quick dry material shirt (race shirt) that will dry fast when wet. Normal running shorts / tights are fine. Comes down to what you find comfortable in off road running. Recommend a hat and depending on length of time it will take you the safari hats that cover your neck even better.
Charity – Action Asia Foundation
Since its inception in 1997 the Action Asia Foundation has promoted the idea that outdoor activities can play a crucial part in fostering an individual's personal development. Proceeds from the Action Asia Challenge and other fundraising events go to help the work of the Foundation.
The goals of the Action Asia Foundation include:
• Developing personal development opportunities for young people in Asia through organizing outdoor adventure activities.
• Raising the quality of life for disadvantaged young people in Asia by funding health clinics, schools and activity centers.
• Promoting cultural interchange through adventure programmes and events.
• Developing permanent facilities for youth adventure training.
The Foundations achievements so far include funding a day-care and health facilities in Nepal, and organizing kayaking, climbing and other outdoor activities for handicapped and underprivileged youth in Hong Kong and building a bridge in Vietnam.
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