16 January, 2019
Health & Wellness, What's On HK

Your Guide To Runs And Races In Hong Kong For 2019

16 January, 2019

We’ve done the legwork and rounded up the most anticipated marathons, races and runs happening in Hong Kong this year.

With no better time than the present to make a fresh start, committing to a race is a great way to keep up with those new year fitness resolutions. There’s no shortage of running events in Hong Kong, so whether you’re an amateur jogger or a master marathoner, we’ve got all the info on the best races coming up this year!

Read more: Top Five Running Spots on Hong Kong Island

January
February
March
April
May
July
August
September
October
November
December

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January

Vibram Hong Kong 100 Ultra Trail Race
Based around Hong Kong’s famous MacLehose Trail, this “ultra endurance” race features diversions including remote beaches, forest, steep hills, and reservoirs, and finishes with a descent from Hong Kong’s highest peak.

Best for: Long-distance runners
When: Friday, 19 January
Distance: 103km

MSIG X GreenRace Braemar Hill
MSIG Hong Kong is partnering up with GreenRace for four challenging, sustainable and inclusive running events this year. The trail run will follow the Braemar Hill route and loop around the Aberdeen Reservoir.

Best for: Environmental enthusiasts, Athletes
When: Friday, 19 January
Distance: 15km / 45km

Ngong Ping Charity Walk 2019
The Hong Kong Youth Hostels Association’s Ngong Ping Charity Walk is back and will feature a leisure route as well as two competition routes with different levels to cater for families, beginners and mountain runners!

Best for: Groups, Families
When: Sunday, 20 January, 7:15am to 11am
Distance: 10km / 20km / 29km

Wild Sunday Hike & Run 2019
If you’re just starting out in nature running, this 10km route around Aberdeen Reservoir is a great introduction run and features both mud and concrete trails.

Best for: Beginners
When: Sunday, 27 January, 9am
Distance: 10km

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February

The 9 Dragons
This challenging multi-day trail and ultra running event is made up of two races. The first starts at midnight on Saturday and consists of an 82km route, while the second is an entirely different 50km course. Sign up for the 9 Dragons 50/50 to compete in both.

Best for: Experienced runners, Long-distance runners
When: Friday, 1 February to Sunday, 3 February
Distance: 82km; 50km

The Trail Hub Valentine’s Day Race
Featuring two distances that both start and finish at Treasure Island on Pui O Beach, this race is suitable for any running level. If you’re a beginner, the Easy Love 9km Route is short and quick, and if you’re looking for a challenge, opt for the Tough Love 14km Route with an elevation gain of 700m. Pair up – you run in a team!

Best for: Beginners, Groups
When: Saturday, 9 February
Distance: 9km / 14km

Fast 100
Focusing on fast and flat courses, this run features three distances: a super speedy 28km, a quick 5okm, and the fastest 100km race in Hong Kong. The track covers mountain biking trails, and reservoirs so look out for the views!

Best for: Experienced runners, Long-distance runners
When: Saturday, 16 February (Fast 100) and Sunday, 17 February (Fast 28, Fast 50)
Distance: 28km / 50km / 100km

Sai Kung 50
This run has three different distances available to choose from, tours some of the beautiful beaches on the Sai Kung Peninsula, and features steep climbs as well as flat concrete.

Best for: Anyone; Beginners, Experienced Runners
When: Saturday, 23 February
Distance: 12km / 22km / 50km

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March

TransLantau
Taking place on the biggest outlying island of Hong Kong, this brutal coastline course covers two country parks – making it an entirely green run.

Best for: Experienced Runners
When: Friday, 1 March to Sunday, 3 March
Distance: 25km / 50km / 100km

Healthy Hike & Run
With three beautiful and easy-to-run routes around Tai Lam Chun Reservoir, this one is perfect for families and beginners.

Best for: Beginners, Families
When: Sunday, 10 March, 8:30am (19km), 8:50am (13km, 5km)
Distance: 5km / 13km / 19km

Rebel Walker
This alternative route runs the MacLehose Trail in reverse, starting in Yuen Long and finishing in Sai Kung.

Best for: Long-distance runners
When: Saturday, 16 March to Sunday, 17 March
Distance: 100km

Stairmaster Series
These two original classic training routes are some of the toughest short course races in Hong Kong. The 22km Lantau Course follows the Sunset Peak hiking route, climbs to its peak and finishes in Nam Shan. The Stairmaster Twins course starts along Tai Tam Reservoir Road and carries on over the twins and down hundreds of stairs.

Best for: Experienced Runners, Athletes
When: Saturday, 16 March, 9am to 5pm; Saturday, 23 March, 7:30pm to 11:30pm
Distance: 22km (Lantau); 10km (Twins)

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April

Country of Origin Trail Run
Team up with two other people with the same passport as you for this 30km run, which aims to bring different nationalities together for a great day out on Lantau Island. Your team must start, run and finish together, and fancy dress in national costume and/or colours is highly encouraged!

Best for: Groups
When: Saturday, 13 April
Distance: 30km

Peak24
If you aren’t in the loop, Peak24 is back this year! This non-profit race aims to raise funds to end modern slavery and is a great team-building opportunity. This year, it’s hosting a relay-style marathon on one of the 852’s most iconic running tracks – Victoria Peak. Sign up in groups of five.

Best for: Corporate Team Building, Groups
When: Saturday, 13 April, 8am
Distance: 42.195km run in teams of five (8.44 km per person) 

Easter Trail Run
This 10km route on Hong Kong Island is short, fun, and beautiful! It passes Tai Tam Reservoir, follows the Boa Vista Trail and finishes at Parkview.

Best for: Beginners, Families
When: Friday, 19 April
Distance: 10km

3 Islands Race
This island hopping challenge has you race from Lantau to Hong Kong Island to Lamma, and features ferry trips and three trail runs! Note: This was originally scheduled for March but has been moved.

Best for: Experienced Runners, Athletes
When: Saturday, 27 April
Distance: Multiple distances, to be added!

Mount Butler Heritage Race
The Mount Butler Heritage Race is in its 43rd year! This longstanding easy-to-run route goes from Tai Tam Reservoir up to Mount Parker Road and features hills, roads, trails and steps.

Best for: Beginners
When: Sunday, 28 April
Distance: 15km

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May

Pottinger GreenRace
With various routes on offer, this race from Pottinger Gap in Shek O is suitable for any experience level. Choose from 5km solo, 7km solo, 15km solo or pairs, or a 5km family challenge.

Best for: Anyone! Beginners, Families, Experienced Runners
When: Saturday, 18 May
Distance: 5km / 7km / 15km

Midsummer Race 1
For an easy (or easier than most on this list) afternoon run, this 14km route features a little bit of a climb before joining the MacLehose Trail and heading down to Shing Mun Reservoir.

Best for: Anyone! Beginners, Families, Experienced Runners
When: Saturday, 18 May, 3pm
Distance: 14km

July

Midsummer Race 2
Another XTE Race afternoon run, this 11km route starts and finishes at the Aberdeen Reservoir on Hong Kong Island and goes through Middle Gap, Black’s Link and Wan Chai Gap.

Best for: Beginners, Families
When: Saturday, 6 July, 3pm
Distance: 11km

August

GreenRace Tigershead
The third edition of this race will start from Mui Wo River Silver Garden and go through local villages, past Silvermine Cave, descend into Discovery Bay and head back towards Mui Wo. Run solo or in teams of two.

Best for: Environmental enthusiasts
When: Saturday, 24 August, 2:30pm (16km), 4pm (8km)
Distance: 16km or 8km

Midsummer Race 3
An easy run in theNew Territories, starting and finishing at Tsuen Kam Au and featuring a nature country trail. Perfect for beginners!

Best for: Beginners, Families
When: Saturday, 31 August
Distance: 12km

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September

MidAutumn Race
Starting and finishing at Pak Tam Chung, this festive run is suitable for any experience level and features beautiful views.

Best for: Anyone! Beginners, Families, Experienced Runners
When: Sunday, 15 September, 10am
Distance: 22km

MSIG Immortals Pat Sin Leng
This Pat Sin Leng trail promises to be both fun and difficult, with half of the route on road and including some challenging climbs.

Best for: Experienced Runners
When: Saturday, 21 September
Distance: 19km / 34km

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October

Lantau 2 Peaks
A challenging trail running race featuring hills and sustained climbs. You can really test your fitness (and treat yourself to beautiful views) as you run through Sunset Peak and Lantau Peak!

Best for: Experienced Runners, Athletes
When: Sunday, 6 October
Distance: 21km

Raleigh Wilson Trail
Running for almost two decades, this off-road long-distance race covers nine sections of the Wilson trail.

Best for: Anyone! Beginners, Families, Experienced Runners

When: Saturday, 12 – Sunday, 13 October
Distance: 30km / 50km / 80km

Barclays Moontrekker
Barclays MoonTrekker challenges you to beat the sun(rise), making you hike overnight whilst you raise money. Last year’s trek featured three distances: Moonlit 30, Sunrise 40 and Phoenix 50.

Best for: Charity, Long-distance runners
When: Friday, 18 – Saturday, 19 October
Distance: 30km / 40km / 50km

Sowers Action Challenge 12 Hours
Beginning in Yau Tong and ending in Tai Po, this annual marathon event aims to promote education and raise money for schools in rural China.

Best for: To be confirmed.
When: Sunday, 27 October 2019
Distance: 12km / 26km / 42km / 51km

November

MSIG Summits Mui Wo
The last of the MSIG and GreenRace series starts and finishes at Mui Wo and climbs Sunset Peak and Lantau Peak.

Best for: Experienced Runners
When: Sunday, 3 November
Distance: 17km / 27km / 50km

Hong Kong Disneyland 10k Weekend
Join thousands of others for a weekend of running fun at Hong Kong Disneyland’s annual 10k event. Expect to see your favourite characters cheering for you on this flat road course, which finishes right in the heart of the park. Mickey ears are optional, but encouraged.

Best for: Beginners, everyone!
When: Saturday, 2 and Sunday, 3 November
Distance: 3km / 5km / 10km

The Steelcase Dragon Run
Established in 2007, this World Surfski Series event features a 24km paddling course from Clearwater Bay Beach to Stanley. Registration for this year’s race is open now, so get training!

Best for: Experienced Runners, Athletes
When: Saturday, 9 November
Distance: Various

Oxfam Trailwalker Hong Kong
One of the largest fundraising sports events in Hong Kong, this is a great choice to both up your fitness and help those in need.

Best for: Anyone!
When: Friday 15, to Sunday, 17 November
Distance: 100km

Women’s Five
The bi-annual 5km & 10km event returns to Tai Tam Country Park on Hong Kong Island on 30 November, with the Women’s Five 5-week training programme starting on 28 October.

Best for: Beginners – this is a perfect first race!
When: Saturday, 30 November
Distance: 5km / 10km

December

The North Face 100
Part of The North Face’s Ultra Trail series, this challenging race promises steep inclines and gorgeous Hong Kong countryside. One for experienced runners only.

Best for: Experienced Runners, Athletes
When: Saturday, 14 – Sunday, 15 December
Distance: 50km / 100km

Care Action Cup
Stay tuned for more information!

Best for: To be confirmed.
When: To be confirmed.
Distance: 28km

Featured Image courtesy of Steven Lelham via Unsplash, Image #1 courtesy of Hong Kong 100 Ultra Marathon via Facebook, Image #2 courtesy of The 9 Dragons via Facebook, Image #3 courtesy of TransLantau, Image #4 courtesy of Country of Origin via Facebook, Image #5 courtesy of Green Race via Facebook, Image #6 courtesy of MSIG, Image #7 courtesy of Action Asia via Facebook, Video #1 courtesy of Oxfam Hong Kong via Instagram

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