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Asian Skyrunning Continetal Series

Ellis crowned champion of the 2017-18 MSIG HK50 Series 

Australian seals coveted title with stunning performance in the MSIG Sai Kung 50

The MSIG Sai Kung 50, the last race of the 2017-2018 MSIG HK50 Series, witnessed over 1,000 local and international trail runners setting off from Pak Tam Chung Picnic Garden, Sai Kung at 6.30 am this morning. In a fiercely contested and exciting race, Hong Kong-based Australian John Ellis was first across the line in a blistering time of 6 hours 2 minutes and 8 seconds, more than 14 minutes clear of his nearest rival. The win, along with his outstanding performances in the previous legs of the series on Lantau Island and Hong Kong Island, helped him seal the 2017-2018 MSIG HK50 Series champion title in stunning fashion. 2017-2018 MSIG HK50 Series women’s winner went to Emilie Saint-pé who got on the podium in both MSIG Hong Kong 50 and MSIG Lantau VK.

Nia Cooper from Britain fought hard and won the women’s title in 7:29:46, closely followed by Hong Kong  runner Yin-Hung Tsang (7:35:12). Angelika Hahn from Germany was third (7:43:22). It was an impressive showing from Cooper, a teacher in Hong Kong who became a first-time mother only a few months ago.

The race was fierce with top four men competing with each other neck and neck through the whole course, only until the end of the race when heat soared and John Ellis pulled away. Ellis, an investment manager by profession, said he really enjoyed the whole race. “I really loved that we started in the dark, so that when we got up the hills, we saw the sun coming out and over the ocean. The view was wonderful, and I still remember that stunning moment,” said Ellis.

Irish runner Brain Mcflynn (6:16:18), of the Gone Running/Joint Dynamics team, came overall second in the MSIG Sai Kung 50 race. He said he enjoyed the course: “I’m extremely exhausted, but I loved the race! It’s such a novelty to run across the beaches as it is very rare in the whole world that you can run on a beach in a trail running race. It was however also very challenging as the sand was very soft today. It was nice to see the impressive scenery in Sai Kung again.”

A further six minutes later, French runner Baptiste Puyou crossed the finish line. Puyou, who started trail running four years ago, was also third at the 2016 MSIG Sai Kung 50. He said: “I was not expecting a very good performance today and I’m very satisfied with my result. The weather was also very suitable for trail running. I enjoyed the course very much, very well designed especially the beach section.”

Cooper, the MSIG Sai Kung 50 women's champion and a mom with a 9-month-old child said: “I’m a teacher, so the race today was a chance for me to release my stresses from everyday life and it was so much fun! It is my first time joining the MSIG Sai Kung 50 and it was such a good day out. The course and the views were fantastic. I feel much better this year and also, I have a good coach so I have a good training routine. I would love to come back next year.”

Second-placed Tsang offered kudos to Action Asia Events for the course design. She said: “I joined an ultra trail race not long ago, so my body is not the best today. I really appreciate Action Asia Events for designing the challenging course and the marking of the course was extremely clear for all runners."

Hahn, the third woman, said it was the longest distance and the most beautiful course she has ever done. “The scenery of Sai Kung was awesome and fresh to me. When I ran across the beach I even wanted to jump into the sea as it was so beautiful. Apart from that, I have to say that Action Asia Events is a great race organizer and they had everything well prepared. For instance, the arrangement of the shuttle buses, food at both finish line and checkpoints, checkpoints and the race pack. I really like to run with Action Asia Events and sincerely recommend it to all trail runners.”

The MSIG Sai Kung 50 also included 22km and 12km races. Vlad Ixel grabbed the 22km overall champion title in 1:58:29. He said: “The shorter races are quicker and more fun, and I had a lead, so I could be relaxed in the later part of the race. I think the weather this year is perfect, so I could enjoy the scenery a lot. Plus, this is my favourite course, so I’ve been coming back every year.”

Hiu-Tung Mak won the 22km women’s title in 2:38:20. She said: “I started trail running around six years ago and this is my first Action Asia Events race. I was surprised that the course included two beaches. I felt really relaxed and got mentally recovered on the two beaches, and I enjoyed the view near High Island Reservoir too.”

Seventeen-year-old Canadian Charlie Stewart was the overall champion in the 12km race in a blistering 00:59:58. He said: “It’s my third time joining a trail running race and I am very satisfied with my result. It’s very cool and enjoyable to run downhills and climb the uphills in the race.”

Another Canadian, Mia Bennet, won the women's 12km race in 1:13:25. She said she was surprised by her result, adding: “I used to do road running in the U.S. and I started to try trail running in HK since January.  The scenery was so beautiful today and I really enjoyed the race.”

The event was possible due to the generous support of presenting sponsor MSIG Insurance (Hong Kong) Limited and supporting partners: Action X Store, Skyrunner National Series, Hoka One One, C3fit, Bonaqua, Coca Cola, Camelbak, Budweiser Budvar, Royale International, Plantronics, UTMB Qualifier, International Trail Running Association (ITRA) and Action Asia Foundation.

 

Race Results

2017-18 MSIG HK50 Series – 2018 Sai Kung 50

50km Top 5 Men

Name – Nationality – Team/Sponsor – Time

1. John Ellis – Australia - 06:02:08

2. Brian Mcflynn - Ireland - Gone Running / Joint Dynamics - 06:16:18

3. Baptiste Puyou - France - 06:23:46

4. Robert Turnbull - United Kingdom - 06:28:57

5. Wai Hei Ng - Hong Kong - The North Face Hong Kong / Asia Trail - 06:31:31

 

50km Top 5 Women

Name – Nationality – Team/Sponsor – Time

1. Nia Cooper - United Kingdom - 07:29:46

2.Yin Hung Tsang - Hong Kong - 07:35:12

3.Angelika Hahn - Germany - 07:43:22

4. Yee Ting Chris Kwan - Hong Kong - 07:52:18

5. Ngar Ting Denise Ying - United Kingdom - 08:16:06

 

22km Top 3 Men

Name – Nationality – Team/Sponsor – Time

1. Vlad Ixel - Australia - The North Face - 01:58:29

2. Chi Kin Tsui - Hong Kong - 01:58:52

3. Ryan Whelan - United Kingdom - 02:02:04

 

22km Top 3 Women

Name – Nationality – Team/Sponsor – Time

1. Hiu Tung Mak - Hong Kong - 02:38:20

2. Kim Knape - Netherlands - 02:43:12

3. Montse Perez - Spain - 02:46:21

 

12km Top 3 Men

Name – Nationality – Team/Sponsor – Time

1. Charlie Stewart – Canada - 00:59:58

2. Erich Felbabel – France - 01:04:01

3. Thomas Wetzer – Germany - 01:05:36

 

12km Top 3 Women

Name – Nationality – Team/Sponsor – Time

1. Mia Bennett – U.S. - 01:13:25

2. Fely Bejuna – Philippines - 01:23:01

3. Jo Smith – U.K. - 01:28:06

 

Race Info

Event Name

MSIG HK50 Series - MSIG Sai Kung 50

Date

Feb 10, 2018(Saturday)

Start Time

6:30am - 50 km

7:00am - 22 km

7:15am - 12 km

Start Location

Pak Tam Chung Picnic Garden, Sai Kung Country Park

Distance

12 km, 22 km, 50 km (Ultra SkyMarathon)

Website

www.actionasiaevents.com

 

About MSIG Action Asia Development Programme

Sponsored by insurance giant MSIG, the MSIG Action Asia Development Programme is the first-ever custom training programme for local Hong Kong trail runners. The highest-ranked male and female runners at the end of the MSIG HK50 Series will also be rewarded with a five-month comprehensive professional coaching programme that will prepare them for the 2018 Skyrunning World Championships in Europe.

For a chance to win a place in the MSIG Action Asia Development Programme, runners have to be Hong Kong-born and must participate in at least two 50-kilometre races in the MSIG HK50 Series. The highest-scoring male and female runners at the end of the series will win the slots.

About Skyrunning

Since the first extreme races in 1992, the first World Championship in 1998 and the introduction of the Skyrunner World Series in 2003, Skyrunning has grown to become a globally renowned sport governed by the International Skyrunning Federation. In 2015, the Continental Championships were introduced and includes Asia, Europe, North America, Africa and Oceania. The sport is practised in more than 40 nations and counts followers from 126 countries.

About MSIG

With a network of operations dating as far back as 1855, MSIG Insurance (Hong Kong) Limited (“MSIG”) has been providing general insurance solutions and products to customers in Hong Kong for more than 150 years. MSIG is backed by the solid foundation and rich heritage of Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company, Limited, an established insurer that has received strong financial ratings from leading rating agencies, including Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s. Today MSIG is one of the few foreign-based general insurers to have representation in every ASEAN country, a testament to its strength and reach. MSIG also benefits from being a member of MS&AD Insurance Group – one of the largest general insurance groups in the world. Leveraging on the multi-channel distribution, strong partnerships with intermediaries and extensive geographical network, MSIG offers a wide range of insurance solutions across personal and commercial lines. MSIG builds and nurtures enduring relationships, forging close partnerships, through good times and bad.

 

Japanese men sweep podium as Rai strolls to victory

at the 2017 MSIG Lantau 50 – Asian Skyrunning Championship

Tung Chung, Hong Kong, Sunday, December 3, 2017 – Japan’s Yuichi Miura and Mira Rai of Nepal blitzed a competitive field at today’s MSIG Lantau 50 - Asian Skyrunning Championship to be crowned Asian champion in the men’s and women’s categories respectively.

Miura led a Japanese sweep of the Asian men’s podium for the tough and technical 54km race, crossing the finish line in 6 hours 2 minutes and 9 seconds, more than 30 minutes ahead of second-placed compatriot Kazuaki Hoshino (6:39:11) and Goshi Osaka (6:42:47) in third.

Miura said: “I joined this race last year too and the second half of the race made a very deep impression on me so I purposely saved some energy for the later half and the strategy helped a lot. This race result is one of my life achievements. I also enjoyed the scenery along the race as the Lantau trail view is more open than that of Japan’s. The parts where I could see the sea view was for sure my favorite."

Rai, National Geographic’s 2017 People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year, finished in a stunning 6:50:34. Japanese women rounded off the Asian women’s podium - Yukari Hoshino (7:52:32) of the Skyrunning Team / ALTRA in second and Kaori Niwa (8:02:10) of Team Salomon in third.

Rai also claimed the overall women’s title. She said: “I’m very satisfied with my performance today and I’m very happy to travel to Hong Kong and join this race again this year. I especially loved the course design as the course combines different varieties of terrains, uphill, downhill, natural trails and stone steps. It was very challenging and I encouraged myself to keep moving so I enjoyed the entire race very much today.”

Spanish elite Cristofer Clemente was the fastest man of the day in 5:49:02, improving on his second place last year. Said Clemente: “l’m really excited to be able to race in Hong Kong again. Today was much hotter than last year’s MSIG Lantau 50 which made the race even more challenging. I was not leading the race at the beginning but I continued to run at my own pace. I’m really happy to get the champion title of the MSIG Lantau 50.”

Kazuaki Hoshino, who was third overall, said: “I didn’t expect to come third in today’s race. I’m really satisfied and all I thought about was keep running and don’t stop. The Lantau and Sunset Peaks were the most technical for me and I enjoyed racing in Hong Kong.”

The race, which flagged off from Tung Chung, Lantau Island, saw both local and international athletes tested on a course that is renowned to be one of the most difficult in Asia. Going over many of the island’s highest peaks, including Lantau Peak (934m) and Sunset Peak (869m), the course boasted a total elevation gain of 3,500m.

Second-placed Asian woman Yukari Hoshino said: “The course was so challenging and tough and required different skills from trail runners, especially when climbing up Lantau Peak, there were lots of stairs with very steep uphill trails. However, the view at the top was so stunning that I can’t wait to compete on the same course next year!”

Participating in the MSIG Lantau 50 for her first time, Niwa said: “I am satisfied with my result today. At first I couldn’t run smoothly, but fortunately I found my pace later and kept on running in a hyper mood. I love the stunning view of Lantau, I hope to have another attempt at the MSIG Lantau 50 and to fight for an even better result!”

Hosted in Hong Kong for its third year, the much anticipated MSIG Lantau 50 - Asian Skyrunning Championships attracted some of the speediest trail runners from the region. Stars who raced today included Nepal’s Mira Rai, Spanish Cristofer Clemente, Malaysian elites Mohamad Affindi Bin Nudin and Adelinah Lintangga (Narna), Marcelino Sana-oy and Sandi Menchi Abahan from Philippines Skyrunning team, Pornmongkol Phoothong and Jutharath Phansrikhum from Thailand, Taiwanese elite runners Chou Pin-chi, Stella Chen, Chou Ching, Yukari Hoshino, Fei Zhiping and Wang Biao from mainland China, Kaori Niwa and Yuichi Miura from Japan Skyrunning team, Alvin Png from Singapore and Korean Skyrunners Jinwan Kim and Heeseong Noh.

Flagging off at 6.30am, the 54km course headed from Tung Chung to Ngong Ping, along the Keung Shan ridge down to the Shek Pik area and back over Lantau and Sunset Peaks, before contouring around and down to Pak Mong, and finally heading back to Tung Chung for the finish at Man Tung Road Park.

Two other distances were offered: a 16km course contouring the ridge from Sunset Peak to Pak Mong, and a 27km course going over Lantau and Sunset Peaks.

An official race of the International Skyrunning Federation, the 54km event was also one of the scoring races for the recently-launched MSIG Action Asia Development Programme, which aims to develop local trail running talent for the world stage. The top-placed male and female Hong Kong-born runners in the MSIG HK50 Series will be sent to Europe to compete in the Skyrunning World Championships in 2018.

The event is organized by Action Asia Events and is possible thanks to the generous support of presenting sponsor MSIG Insurance (Hong Kong) Limited and supporting partners: Action X Store, International Skyrunning Federation, China Skyrunning Association, Hoka One One, C3fit, Bonaqua, Hong Kong Plantronics, Camelbak, Coca Cola, AroundDB, Royale International, East Bali Cashews, Joint Dynamics, International Trail-Running Association, UTMB Qualifier and Action Asia Foundation.

Race Result
MSIG HK50 Series – MSIG Lantau 50 – Asian Skyrunning Championship
Asian Skyrunning Championship - ULTRA - 54km Ranking

Overall Top 5 MEN
Name - Nationality – Team/Sponsor –Time

1. Cristofer Clemente – Spain – Salomon Team – 05:49:02
2. Miura Yuichi – Japan – 06:02:09
3. Kazuaki Hoshino – Japan – Salomon Japan – 06:39:11
4. Goshi Osada – Japan – JSA – 06:42:47
5. Rudy Bottin – France – Team Grip Grab Science in Sport – 06:43:27

Overall Top 5 WOMEN
Name - Nationality – Team/Sponsor – Time

1. Mira Rai - Nepal - Trail Running Nepal - 06:50:34
2. Yukari Hoshino - Japan - Japan Skyrunning Team - 07:52:32
3. Kaori Niwa - Japan - Salomon Japan - 08:02:10
4. Tsang Yin Hung - Hong Kong - 08:04:53
5. Kwan Yee Ting, Chris - Hong Kong - 08:30:05

Top 5 Asian MEN
Name - Nationality – Team/Sponsor –Time

1. Miura Yuichi – Japan – 06:02:09
2. Kazuaki Hoshino – Japan – Salomon Japan – 06:39:11
3. Goshi Osada – Japan – JSA – 06:42:47
4. Heeseong Noh – Korea – 06:55:43
5. Tomohiro Machida – Japan – 07:04:49

Top 5 Asian WOMEN
Name - Nationality – Team/Sponsor –Time

1. Mira Rai - Nepal - Trail Running Nepal - 06:50:34
2. Yukari Hoshino - Japan - Japan Skyrunning Team - 07:52:32
3. Kaori Niwa - Japan - Salomon Japan - 08:02:10
4. Tsang Yin Hung - Hong Kong - 08:04:53
5. Kwan Yee Ting, Chris - Hong Kong - 08:30:05

 

Race Info

Event Name: MSIG HK50 Series - MSIG Lantau 50 - Asian Skyrunning Championship

Date: Dec 3, 2017 (Sunday)

Start Time: 6.30am: 54km | 7.30am: 27km | 7.45am: 16 km

Start Location: Man Tung Road Part next to Novotel Citygate, Tung Chung

Distance: 16km, 27km, 54km

 

About Skyrunning

Since the first extreme races in 1992, the first World Championship in 1998 and the introduction of the Skyrunner World Series in 2003, Skyrunning has grown to become a globally renowned sport governed by the International Skyrunning Federation. In 2015, the Continental Championships were introduced and includes Asia, Europe, North America, Africa and Oceania. The sport is practiced in more than 40 nations and counts followers from 126 countries.

 

About MSIG

With a network of operations dating as far back as 1855, MSIG Insurance (Hong Kong) Limited (“MSIG”) has been providing general insurance solutions and products to customers in Hong Kong for more than 150 years.

MSIG is backed by the solid foundation and rich heritage of Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company, Limited, an established insurer that has received strong financial ratings from leading rating agencies, including Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s. Today MSIG is one of the few foreign-based general insurers to have representation in every ASEAN country, a testament to its strength and reach. MSIG also benefits from being a member of MS&AD Insurance Group – one of the largest general insurance groups in the world.

Leveraging on the multi-channel distribution, strong partnerships with intermediaries and extensive geographical network, MSIG offers a wide range of insurance solutions across personal and commercial lines. MSIG builds and nurtures enduring relationships, forging close partnerships, through good times and bad.

 

RUY UEDA AND TAKAKO TAKAMURA WIN
ZAO SKYRACE 28K IN ASIAN SKYRUNNING CHAMPS
Zao Mountains, Japan, debut as world class field for Skyrunning

142 Skyrunners enjoyed running through rocky ridges connecting Mt. Jizo, Mt. Kumano, and crater lake "Okama". September 10, Sunday, was the second day of Zao Skyrunning, Asian Skyrunning Championships 2017. 15 runners from foreign countries and dozens of elite runners in Japan meet up in the village of Zao Onsen to run Zao Skyrace 28k, 28km in distance with 2,300mD+ vertical gain. As a result of fierce competition in stacked fields, Japan's Ruy Ueda and Takako Takamura relish their victories in male and female race respectively. Although most of spots on podium are taken by hosting country Japan, South Korea's Sooji Park claimed her Bronze medal finally. Asian Championships will turn to Hong Kong in December, for Sky Ultra discipline.

Like Saturday, it was fine, sunny on Sunday in Zao. Zao Skyrace 28k starts with eight kilometer long and gradually inclining ski slope with 1,000mD+ vertical gain. Then runners run rocky terrain around Mt. Jizo (1758m), Mt. Kumano (1841m) and ridge along crater lake. Only runners qualified by finishing designated races can register this demanding Zao Skyrace 28k. Group of six male runners lead the race in early kilometers. After long downhill in the middle, Ruy Ueda and Satoshi Kato were chasing head to head at 15km point. On the ascent back to Mt. Jizo, Ueda started to push harder, and hs lead to Kato was 3 minutes and 45 seconds at 21km point. Kato tried to catch Ueda in the last seven kilometer downhill, but Ruy Ueda held decent lead to the end. Ueda finished at Zao Onsen in 2 hours 42 minutes and 41 seconds, and won Asian Championships. Runner-up was Satoshi Kato, 1 minute and 48 seconds behind.

Male champion Ruy Ueda runs, looking down crater lake. Photo © Sho Fujimaki / ZAO Skyrunning

Ueda, who came back from Chamonix lastweek, says "It was not easy race for me, just a week after racing OCC 56km. However, Zao is the most important event this year in Japan. I am happy to stand on podium as a result of all effort". Yoshihito Kondo takes third place today.

No woman can not challenge female Asian Skyrunning Champion, Takako Takamura, today. She kept calm and quiet for whole 28km in mountains, and finished at Zao Onsen in 3 hours 15 minutes and 15 seconds. This summer, Takamura was successful with her third place in Skyrace Comapedrosa, a race of Skyrunner World Series. She says, "Zao was my key event of the year, as well as Comapedrosa.

Takako Takamura leads women's race toward her win. Photo © Sho Fujimaki / ZAO Skyrunning

All my experience there helped me to push hard today". Yukari Hoshino, the champion of Skyrunning Japan Championships, Utsukushigahara 80k, in July, is the runner-up today with 3 hours 44 minutes and 50 seconds. The third place winner was Sooji Park from South Korea. She is the only and honorable athlete who takes spot on podium in this
Asian Championships from other than Japan.

The results of other international athletes follows. In men's race, 18th was Marcelino Palitog Sana-oy (PHI), 28th Chou Ching (TWN), 39th Heeseong Noh (KOR). In women's race, 7th was Yin-Hung Tsang (CHN-HK), 10th Eunhye Jung (KOR), 11th Yeji Jeong (KOR).

Still in recovery state after summit Mt. Everest, Ada Yin-Hung Tsang from China National Team finished the race strong and ranked overall female 7th at 28km Zao Skyrace on Sept 10 in Japan. She will also join MSIG Lantau 50 - Skyrunning Asian Championship Ultra Skymarathon on Dec 3.  "I could feel my body warming up at the first half of the race and after a technical uphill and reaching the top, running pass by Five Color Pond / crater lake, I started to pick up the speed and pass some runners," she said. Shocked by Japan Skyrunners' speed on uphill, she shared: "The uphill trails in Japan are mainly natural rocky trails and in comparison we are more used to Hong Kong's steps. Seeing Japanese runners running non-stop on the natural hills motivates me to train more and focus more on my calves' muscles."  

                      Ada, Yin-Hung Tsang from China National Team ranked overall female 7th at Zao Skyrace

Michael Maddes, director of China Skyrunning Association, looked back this weekend. "Zao Skyrunning showed us amazing mountains to run in Japan, and all the hospitality of organization team and local volunteers made this event great." he said.

2017 Asian Skyrunning Championships will move on to Hong Kong for final leg, and MSIG Lantau 50 is going to be the Championship of Sky Ultra category on December 3rd.

Result, Asian Skyrunning Championships 2017 - Zao Skyrace 28k

Men
1. Ruy Ueda (JPN) 2:42:41
2. Satoshi Kato (JPN) 2:44:29
3. Yoshihito Kondo (JPN) 2:50:45
4. Yuichi Miura (JPN) 2:50:57
5. Yamato Yoshino (JPN) 2:51:17

Women
1. Takako Takamura (JPN) 3:15:15
2. Yukari Hoshino (JPN) 3:44:50
3. Sooji Park (KOR) 3:49:46
4. Sayuri Orito (JPN) 3:58:49
5. Eri Kuwabara (JPN) 4:01:44

Asian Championships

VERTICAL
September 9 – Zao Vertical Race, Yamagata, Japan

SKY
September 10 – Zao SkyRace®, Yamagata, Japan

ULTRA
December 3 – MSIG Lantau 50, Hong Kong

 

Zao celebrates victory of Yoshizumi and Miyahara in Asian Skyrunning Championships

After weeklong cloudy and rainy days, Zao mountains welcomes national delegates from four Asian countries. On Saturday September 9th, the 2nd edition of Zao Skyrunning kicked off at Zao Onsen, mountain resort with historic hot springs in Yamagata, Japan. The first day 107 runners toed line for 4.8km with 900m vertical ascent at Zao Vertical Race, Vertical Kilometer discipline of Asian Skyrunning Championships.

In competition, locals favorite Toru Miyahara and Yuri Yoshizumi both defended Asian Skyrunning Championship VK champion title (Toru Miyahara and Yuri Yoshizumi previously won 2016 MSIG Lantau VK - 2016 Asian Skyrunning Championship). Yoshizumi's remarkable record shaved two minutes off from her own of last year’s Zao VK race. These two winners awarded with JPY 100 thousand each.

As Asian Champs of 2017, 14 athletes of three national teams (South Korea, China, Philippine) and Japan's 9 athletes meet up at here, as well as many runners for open races. In total, number of participants amount to 699, including 36 from eight countries as well as Japan. In the opening ceremony, Takahiro Sato, Mayor of Yamagata, said "Zao is one of the most famous hot spring in Japan, and is at the gate for its beauty of nature and outdoor sports. We wish you all to enjoy the race, and our favorite mountains and local foods".

Runners from all across Asia gathering at the finish line of Zao Skyrunning VK race

The course of Zao Vertical Race starts at center of Zao Onsen, ascends 900m in altitude within 4.8 km in distance, and finishes at the summit of Mt. Zizo via Mt. Torikabuto. The last kilometer to finish are difficult with steep 30+ degrees sky slope and some technical rocky terrain. In the women's race, Yuri Yoshizumi takes her second straight win with 44 minutes and 41 seconds, that beats her own course record last year by 2 minutes and 13 seconds. The champion of Skyrunner Japan Series 2016, winnner of Transvulcania VK and classic Fuji Mountain Race said "It was demanding course for me, especially just a week after OCC in Mont-Blanc. Extremely happy to outrun myself who run here one year ago" with big smile. Japan's Mina Ogawa is runner-up with 48 minutes with 43 seconds, four minutes behind Yoshizumi. Yukari Hoshino takes 3rd place.

In the men's field, Toru Miyahara, Goki Nagasato, and Takashi Shinushigome from Japan dominated podium as well. Miyahara is the champion of 2016 Japan series, winner of US's prestigious Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon, and holds the course record of Fuki Mountain Race. He also takes straight second win in Zao in 37 minutes and 34 seconds. Nagasato finished in the second place, just one minute and 52 seconds to Miyahara. Shinushigome came
in the third to the finish line. Miyahara looked back his run today and said "I had been focused to Zao this summer and was rewarded enough today. Remarkable is performance of athletes younger than me”.

Issac Yuen Yunho from Hong Kong, China National Team also participated at the VK race. “The course was very technical with natural rocky trails. As a Vertical Kilometer race, the uphill was particularly steep but the view was stunning,” he shared after finish.

Another China National Team member, Yang Junhua expressed his excitement after the training run in Toyko. "I will treat the Zao VK race as my warm up and I feel ready for the Asian Skyrunning Championship. This is also my first time joining oversea race and I got my passport for this race," he said. Unfortunately, he received some bad news from his family the night he arrived in Zao and had to go back home immediately missing the chance to participate this year.

 

Result, Asian Skyrunning Championships 2017 - Vertical Kilometer


Men
1. Toru Miyahara (JPN) 0:37:34
2. Goki Nagasato (JPN) 0:39:26
3. Takashi Shinushigome (JPN) 0:40:32
4. Ryunosuke Ohmi (JPN) 0:40:48
5. Hayato Yanagisawa (JPN) 0:41:40

Women
1. Yuri Yoshizumi (JPN) 0:44:41
2. Mina Ogawa (JPN) 0:48:43
3. Yukari Hoshino (JPN) 0:54:12
4. Sora Takizawa (JPN) 1:01:04
5. Kishiko Suto (JPN) 1:02:25


日本本土名將Toru Miyahara及Yuri Yoshizumi衛冕Zao Skyrunning 垂直千米競速賽男女冠軍

日本溫泉勝地-藏王山的遊客們大多乘坐纜車到地藏山頂,而9月9日來自亞洲不同國家的107位Skyrunning垂直千米競速賽的跑手們則用奔跑的方式,用最少裝備、最快的速度衝向天空。此次2017亞洲Skyrunning冠軍賽-垂直千米競速賽:賽道總長4.8公里,總爬升900米。

日本本土名將Toru Miyahara (0:37:34) 及Yuri Yoshizumi (0:37:34) 衛冕Zao Skyrunning 垂直千米競速賽男女冠軍,值得一提的是,這兩位日本名將也曾於香港大嶼山舉辦的2016亞洲Skyrunning冠軍賽-垂直千米競速賽奪冠 (2016 MSIG Lantau VK)

來自中國香港的中國代表隊成員袁允灝 (Issac)參加了本次垂直千米競速賽。他完賽後表示:“跑道十分具有技術性,不少部分都由天然碎石小徑組成。作為垂直千米賽,跑道幾乎全由30度以上陡坡組成。風景也十分迷人。”

來自中國香港的中國代表隊成員袁允灝(Issac)於Zao Skyrunning VK比賽終點

另一位中國代表隊成員,來自中國內地的楊軍華第一次參加海外賽事,賽前有十足的把握,對Zao Skyrunning比賽非常期待,9月8日於東京練跑時表示:“我來到這裡當然兩場比賽都要參加。我會視垂直千里競速賽作為第二天的熱身賽。為了此次比賽我特意辦了護照,這也是我第一次來出國參賽。” 可惜的是,到達藏王山的當晚楊軍華因家庭緣故,連夜趕回了家鄉,無法參加是次比賽,十分遺憾。

Result, Asian Skyrunning Championships 2017 - Vertical Kilometer


Men
1. Toru Miyahara (JPN) 0:37:34
2. Goki Nagasato (JPN) 0:39:26
3. Takashi Shinushigome (JPN) 0:40:32
4. Ryunosuke Ohmi (JPN) 0:40:48
5. Hayato Yanagisawa (JPN) 0:41:40

Women
1. Yuri Yoshizumi (JPN) 0:44:41
2. Mina Ogawa (JPN) 0:48:43
3. Yukari Hoshino (JPN) 0:54:12
4. Sora Takizawa (JPN) 1:01:04
5. Kishiko Suto (JPN) 1:02:25

 

 

 Zao Asian Skyrunning Championship – VK and Skyrace

- Skyunners from the world will test their limits in Zao mountain range

             China National Team together with Philippines National Team at Zao Skyrunning Press Conference
    China Team - President of China Skyrunning Association Michael Maddess (1st left) Tsang Yinhung (2nd left),
                        Ran Qiong (3rd left), Yang Junhua (4th left) and Issac Yuen Wanho (5th left)

International athletes from Asia get together to enjoy their beloved mountain sport in Zao Onsen, famous resort village with hot springs in northeast Japan. Skyrunning was born in Europe, and it is growing rapidly and globally, even here in Japan. The more runners run in remote and high mountains, the more Japanese athletes show their capabilities in international events.

ZAO Skyrunning is the first Skyrunning event in Japan, entitled as Asian Championships by International Skyrunning Association (ISF). National teams from China, Korea, Philippines, and Japan will run the races with prize money of 980 thousand JPY in total.

Both Zao Vertical Race and Zao Skyrace 28k will meet international standards of Skyrunning, and are for experienced athletes. In addition, ZAO Skyrunning will have races less technical but with magnificent view from mountains, as well as junior and youth races. For those next generations, this event is to experience the sport. Zao will the festival of Skyrunning in Asia this weekend, with help of more than 120 local volunteers.

China Team - Ran Qiong, Yang Junhua, Yuen Wanho and Tsang Yinhung - arrived in Japan and had a morning training run by Tokyo Imperial Palace in Tokyo on September 8 before heading to Zao. Yang Junhua and Yuen Wanho will compete in both the VK race on September 9 (Saturday) and the Zao Skyrace on September 10 (Sunday), while Ran Qiong and Tsang Yinhung will battle it out with elite Skyrunners at the Zao Skyrace.

Training run in Tokyo - Ran Qiong(left) Yang Junhua (right)

 

Skyrunner® Series

2016 CHINA SKYRUNNER® NATIONAL SERIES - SCHEDULE (Finished)

2016 中國SKYRUNNER®系列賽程

Race 1 – Feb 20 – MSIG Sai Kung 50 – Hong Kong – (Ultra) 第一站 220– MSIG 西貢 50 –香港www.actionasiaevents.com

Race 2 – Apr 23–24 – Dalian 50 – Dalian – (Ultra) 第二站 423– 424大連 50 – 大連www.dl100k.com/

Race 3 – Apr 30 – Yading, Sichuan – (Sky) 第三站430 亞丁四川http://cnmtntrails.com/ (World Series Event)

Race 4 – May 21 – Tianmu–7 50 – Zhejiang – (Ultra)第四站 521天目山七尖越野賽–7 50 – 浙江http://www.tianmu–7.com/

Race 5 – June 26 – Dali – Yunnan – (Ultra) 点苍越七峰—2016凯乐石大理苍山七峰越野挑战赛 06月26大理50 http://www.dlsdhw.com/

Race 6 – Sept 3/4 Wugong shan trail 32k/52k – Jiangxi – (Sky/Ultra) 第五站93/4武功山越野賽江西http://www.ultratrailmtwugong.com

Race 7 – Oct 2 – Lantau 2 Peaks – Hong Kong – (Sky) 102大嶼山雙峰賽香港www.actionasiaevents.com

Race 8 – Oct 22 – Peak of Jiangnan Ultra Trail – Zhejiang (Sky / Ultra) 第九站1022– Peak of Jiangnan Ultra Trail – 浙江www.jn100trail.com)

Race 9 – Oct 23 – Hong Kong 50 – Hong Kong – (Ultra) 1023香港島50 – 香港www.actionasiaevents.com

Race 10 – Nov 5 – Ultra tour Mt. Siguniang Sichuan – Sichuan – (Sky / Ultra) 第十一站 115四姑娘山超級越野跑四川www.utms.com.cn/

Race 11 – Nov 12 – Taiwan 50 – Taiwan – (Ultra) 第十二站 1112台灣50 –台灣www.actionasiaevents.com

Race 12 – Dec 2/4 – Lantau 50 – Hong Kong – (VK / Sky / Ultra) 第十三站122– 124大嶼山50 – 香港www.actionasiaevents.com

 

2015 SKYRUNNER® SERIES in China - SCHEDULE (FINISHED)

2015 中國SKYRUNNER®系列賽程

Race 1 – Feb 7 - MSIG Sai Kung 50 – Hong Kong 第一站 27 – MSIG 西貢 50 –香港 www.actionasiaevents.com
Race 2 – Apr 18-19 - Dalian 50 – Dalian 第二站 4 18- 419大連 50 – 大連 
www.dl100k.com/html/
Race 3 – May 16 - TIANMU7 50K - Zhejiang 第三站 516杭州 50 – 浙江 www.tianmu-7.com             

Race 4 – 
Oct 30-Nov 1 – Dali 50 第四站1030- 111– 大理 50 www.dali100k.com
Race 5 – 
Nov 8 – Hong Kong 50 第五站 118香港 50 www.actionasiaevents.com
Race 6 – Nov 14 – Taiwan 50 第六站1114台灣 50 
www.actionasiaevents.com
Race 7 – Dec 6 – Lantau50 – Hong Kong 第七站126大嶼山 50 –
 www.actionasiaevents.com 

SKY 

July 19Dolomites SkyRace® - 22 km, Canazei - Italy
August 22 - Matterhorn Ultraks 46K - Zermatt - Switzerland
September 5 - The Rut 25K - Big Sky Montana - USA
October 4 - Lantau 2 Peaks - 21 km, Hong Kong - China www.actionasiaevents.com
October 17Skyrunning Extreme - 23 km, Limone sul Garda - Italy

Vertical Circuit - Race Schedule
China World Summit Wing Hotel Vertical Run, 5 September 2015 - www.chinaverticalrun.com
Chongqing Vertical Run: 27 September 2015 - www.cqwestinrun.com
SHKP Vertical Run for Charity - Race to Shanghai IFC: 25 October 2015 - www.shkpverticalrun.com
SHKP Vertical Run for Charity - Race to HK ICC: 6 December 2015 - www.shkpverticalrun.com

Sept 3/4 2016 - Wugong Ultra Trail (Ultra Skymarathon)

VIDEO  http://player.youku.com/player.php/sid/XMTYyODg3NTgyOA==/v.swf

 

 

点苍越七峰—2016凯乐石大理苍山七峰越野挑战赛 - DALI 50 RACE JUNE 26 2016 - GOING OVER 4000M ELEVATION

点苍越七峰—2016大理苍山七峰越野挑战赛比赛线路全程在大理苍山世界地质公园里完成,50%的路段为未开发区域;起点海拔为2022米,沿元世祖忽必烈平云南进军大理路线,由北向南纵贯苍山七峰(三阳峰、兰峰、雪人峰、应乐峰、小岑峰(4092米)、中和峰、龙泉峰),全程均在苍山之颠奔跑。平均海拔3900米,累计爬升3100米,目前该赛事正积极申报各积分认证。该赛事是极具挑战的超级越野赛,赛道设计覆盖苍山世界地质公园内完整的地质地貌,具有冰川地貌、苍山地貌、断层洼地、苍山瀑布、峰丛峰林、混合花岗岩、苍山变质岩、大理石地质、褶皱山地貌等多样的地质地貌特征,堪称“地质博览越野赛”。苍山是一座有着显著特征和独特地质奇观并潜在着特殊地质科学价值体系的标志性山脉。是中国乃至东南亚地质、地理、生物、气候的重要过渡区域,是区域分带的标志地。是“大理岩”和“大理冰期”的命名地,是变质岩博物馆,是垂直生态景观的展示地。苍山是显著的地理分界点,苍山属于横断山系云岭山脉中支的南端,苍山的西北,是海拔4000米以上,绵延千余公里的青藏高原。苍山的东南,是平均海拔2000米的云贵高原。由于雄伟高大的喜马拉雅山系在苍山结束,苍山以南,再无山脉达到3500米高度,因此苍山被称为“世界屋脊的屋檐”。

本赛道是国内少有的高海拔、大爬升、长距离的高难度赛道,赛道集风景、难度、科普、景观于一身,真正的在“世界屋脊的屋檐奔跑”。路况以地质公园内原始土路、古道、防火道、山脊、草甸、景区石阶路、砂石混合路为主,全程无公路。

2016年6月26日,我们将首次邀请100名来自全国各地和境外的超马跑者点苍会盟越七峰,奔跑在世界屋脊的屋檐、邂逅大理江湖的真与幻,一决跑者江湖的高与低。

http://www.dlsdhw.com/event?id=520


 

 

 

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