Vibram® Hong Kong 100 Ultra China

The Vibram® Hong Kong 100 is an ultra endurance point-to-point race, that takes place every year in January.
The 2017 edition starts on January 14 at 8AM.

The 100km course starts in Pak Tam Chung on the Sai Kung Peninsula and covers some of the most beautiful scenery in Hong Kong, including remote and unspoiled beaches, ancient forests, nature trails, reservoirs and steep hills.

The course is based around Hong Kong’s famous Maclehose Trail, but with some diversions to ensure that runners spend more time in its most scenic sections, as well as finishing with the descent from Hong Kong’s highest peak (Tai Mo Shan).
 It includes a cumulative elevation gain of over 4500 meters. The cut-off time is 32 hours.

The Vibram® HK100 is part of the Ultra-Trail World Tour (UTWT), and kicks off every year these series of ultra races around the globe.

In 2016 it was France’s Francois d’Haene and China’s Dong Li who took the men’s and women’s titles respectively.

Francois d’Haene won the men’s competition in a new course record of 9:32:26 breaking Yan Long Fei’s course record by 20 minutes. D’Haene’s new record looks even more impressive when this year’s route change (adding 5 or 10 minutes to the course) is factored in.
 After the race, Yan Long-Fei noted that he accidentally left his warm layers in a pack he swapped midrace and suffered severely from the cold.

It was the coldest day that Hong Kong had experienced in six decades, with temperatures falling below zero on the course’s highest peak, Tai Mo Shan. A decision was made to call off the race after about 21 hours because ice formed overnight on the last 6 km of the route, making the run in to the finish treacherous.

Top 10 men’s results 2016:
 1 François D’Haene (Salomon) (France) — 9:32:26
 2 Yan Long-Fei (Salomon) (China) — 9:37:17
 3 Gediminas Grinius (Vibram) (Lithuania) — 9:53:51
 4 Pau Capell Gill (Compressport) (Spain) — 10:06:42
 5 Yeray Durán (Arista) (Spain) — 10:36:04
 6 Jordi Gamito (WAA) (Spain) — 10:37:36
 7 Oose Kazufumi (Salomon) (Japan) — 10:47:39
 8 Stone Tsang Siu-Keung (Champion Systems) (Hong Kong) — 10:53:02
 9 Iino Wataru (Japan) — 10:56:59
 10 Jussi Nokelainen (Inov-8) (Finland) — 11:07:55

In the Women’s race Dong Li from China, who finished 2nd in the 2015 edition of Vibram Hong Kong 100, led the race from the start.
 Dong Li had learned her lesson in 2015, when she started off really fast. In 2016 she held back a bit at the first 50k. Her goal was just to finish the race, not to be the champion lady.
 But in 2016 she felt better than in 2015, because she distributed her energy better this time, and she won.

Top 10 women’s results 2016:
 1 Dong Li (Salomon) (China) — 12:05:32
 2 Lisa Borzani (Tecnica) (Italy) — 12:30:41
 3 Silvia Ainhoa Trigueros (Race Land) (Spain) — 12:34:23
 4 Corinne Williams (United States) — 13:19:34
 5 Elisabet Margeirsdottir (Arctic Running) (Iceland) — 13:41:40
 6 Emilie Tan (Canada) — 13:47:52
 7 Marie McNaughton (Gone Running) (New Zealand) — 13:55:52
 8 Natalia Watkins (United Kingdom) — 14:06:09
 9 Nicole Lau (Hong Kong) — 14:10:52
 10 Wing Yan (Nicole) Leung (Hong Kong) — 14:14:09

HK100 2017
This year over 5000 entrants from around 50 countries joined the ballot. All charity slots were taken up in less than 30 minutes after registration opened. 1993 people are expected to take part. You can find the full list of 2017 race participants below.

ITRA points
 Completion of full course — 5 (new) points
 Arrived at CP9, CP8 and CP7 when the race was stopped — 4 (new) points

 With everyone’s generous donations, HK$701,807 has been raised for various charities — HK$215,220 to Blind Sports Hong; HK$288,587 to Food Angel, HK$120,000 to Free to Run and HK$80,000 to Hong Kong Breast Cancer Fund.

Contact information
 Race Directors: Steve Brammar and Janet Ng

Resources / further reading
 Race report Hong Kong 100 2016
Preview Hong Kong 100 2017
 Interview with Janet Ng, co-founder and co-race director of the Hong Kong 100 ultramarathon
 Ultra-Trail World Tour 2017
 Participants list Vibram® Hong Kong 100 Ultra 2017
 Interview with female champignon of Hong Kong 100 2016 Dong Li

Originally published at Running Your Life.