We’re continuously spoilt in Hong Kong – from the stunning views and bright city lights to endless eateries, brunches and memorable (for the most part!) nights out. We’re so lucky to be able to step out of the front door, hop on public transport and be surrounded by the wilderness. And with an obvious and ever growing love for weekend hikes, we city-dwellers leap at the chance to get back to nature and away from our busy schedules.
Living day to day swept up in the rat race, we’re creatures of habit and not always up to speed on the hundreds of awesome outdoor events that go on in this city. Regardless of fitness level though, there’s always something for someone to take part in. So, whether you’re looking to discover and explore or have personal fitness goals in mind, we’e easing you in gently with 10 awesome races under 10km… see you at the finish line, girls!
Running (quite literally) since 1982, AVOHK has since been tirelessly organising events for active Hong Kongers of all ages! Their 5K series is the perfect introductory run for those looking to increase their fitness levels and explore the concrete jungle on foot.
When: Saturday, 10 September and Saturday, 24 September (8am). Keep your eye out for their monthly 5k races throughout the year too!
Where: Tai Tam Tuk Playground and Wan Chai Gap Playground
How much: $150 per race for non-AVOHK members. Be sure to register beforehand as they’e unable to accept day-of entries!
A legendary event, the Sedan Chair Race brings companies and colleagues together in a tiring team-bonding session that combines fun with sweat and quite possibly tears! Famed for having racers dress in crazy costumes as they sprint up The Peak, the race has raised over $68 million Hong Kong dollars and aided over 134 charities in its time.
When: Sunday, 30 October, 10am – 1.30pm
Where: Matilda International Hospital, The Peak, Hong Kong
Distance: 2.1 km
How much: $36,000 and $1,000 registration fee. Register your team here!
Head across the water and dive into a 10km run on Discovery Bay as you race to beat last year’s grand total of $180,000 – all in aid of the fantastic charity, Food Angel!
When: Saturday, 12 November at 8am
Where: Discovery Bay Plaza, Hong Kong
How much: Early bird is $250. Registration begins Thursday, 1 September.
Not a competitive bone in your body? This laid-back fundraiser is perfect for those who are on the hunt for a chilled day out and about. Choose from a 3k, 5k or 10k and work your way towards the finish line, grab yourself a hot dog and do your part for the Terry Fox Foundation.
When: Saturday, 5 November, 10am – 3pm
Where: Renaissance College, Ma On Shan, Hong Kong
Distance: 3km, 5km, or 10km
How much: Donate to the Terry Fox Foundation here! All proceeds go towards cancer research in Hong Kong.
Have you ever woken up and thought – hey, I fancy running up Hong Kong’s tallest building today…
Well, here’s your chance! The Vertical Run takes you all the way up ICC, ending at SKY100’s observation deck. A heart-pounding 2,120 steps to the top, brave this one solo or rope in your friends to form a relay, tag team!
When: Sunday, 4 December, 8.30am – 4pm
Where: International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Distance: 2,120 steps
How much: Be sure to register here!
Whether you’re just finding your footing or you’re a seasoned trail runner, the Green Power Hike offers three distances to compete in. Connect with nature and take the time to think about your own green footprint as you leave yours behind you…
When: Saturday, 21 January 2017
Where: 10km – Aberdeen Country Park, Hong Kong; 25km – Tai Tam Country Park, Big Wave Bay, Hong Kong; 50km – The Peak, Big Wave Bay, Hong Kong
Distance: 10km, 25km, 50km
How much: 10km ($800/person), 25km & 50km ($1200/person). For more details, check here.
We’re straight in the middle of it every day in Honkers, so why not just embrace the rat race and get rushing for a great cause? Immerse yourself in the busy business districts, grab a briefcase and get walking! Winding around office buildings in Central, relay teams and companies will suit up silly and dash to the finish line, completing creative and comical tasks along the way!
When: Sunday, 16 October
Where: Central District, Hong Kong
How much: Register here with your team donation of $60,000
For those familiar with Tough Mudder, The Spartan Race echoes the same test of strength and endurance as the course opens for the first time in Hong Kong! Battle over 30 different obstacles as you run, leap, crawl and climb to claim title.
When: Saturday, 5 November – Sunday, 6 November
Where: Kam Tin Country Club, Yeun Long, Hong Kong
Distance: 5km, 13km, or 20km
How much: $650 (early bird) keep your eye out for pre-registration coming very soon!
Oh yes, girls, the holiday season is coming up fast and it’s time to start looking ahead to Christmas! We’re all big fans of the annual Santa Con that sees us working our way through Hong Kong’s watering holes dressed as the big man himself, but why not save the suit (and some calories) and join over 1,500 Santas in 1k, 3k or 8k run for charity along Pak Shek Kok Promenade?
When: TBD (December, 2016)
Where: Sha Tin Pak Shek Kok Promenade, Hong Kong
Distance: 1km, 3km, and 8km
How much: Keep your eye out for dates and pre-registration here!
Long standing as Hong Kong’s biggest and most widely participated marathon, the Standard Chartered HK Marathon races around the city in a full, half and 10k stint. Keep your eyes peeled for registration this year as spots fill up within minutes! New Year goal, perhaps?
When: Thursday, 2 February, 2017
Distance: Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10km
How much: More info on the 2017 Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon will be posted on their website soon!