25th October 2014
50km or 100kmCame across this ultra marathon by accident. Contacted Marcus Philpott, who is organising it, and got a very nice reply. Just realised to date have not promoted any runs outside Malaysia. So this is a momentous occasion of sorts. The event starts and finishes in the Shan tribal village of Ban Tham. It is a 50km off road loop, with approximately 2,000 meters of climbs per lap. 100km runners will have to complete the loop twice. The cut off times are 9 hours and 18 hours respectively. This is a small race with entries limited to 100 participants combined. Marcus will try to increase the number to 150 if he can find more accommodation for runners, as the village is small. For more information do please visit his Facebook page or website. If you want to know what captivated me about this ultra just go to "Why" section on his website. This is a part of Thailand that only the most adventurous tourist gets to see. Imagine having to run through areas that no runner except Marcus has gone through before? I don't know about you, but that sounds really exciting to me!
The Ultra Marathon 50km loop
How to get to the Ultra Marathon HQ
Location of the Ultra Marathon