MISG Lantau 50 Promises to be a Tough and Technical Course

MISG Lantau 50 Promises to be a Tough and Technical Course

Landing in Hong Kong for its third year, the much anticipated Asian Skyrunning Championship – MSIG Lantau 50 is taking off from Tung Chung, Hong Kong on December 3, 2017.  As one of the most difficult courses in Asia, MSIG Lantau 50 continues to attract numerous trail running elites from around the world to compete in the race.  This year the regional elites including Nepalese runners Mira Rai, Mohamad Affindi Bin Nudin and Adelinah Lintangga aka Narna from Malaysia, Marcelino Sana-oy and Sandi Menchi Abahan from Philippines, Chou Pin-chi and Chou Ching from Taiwan, Yukari Hoshino and Yuichi Miura from Japan, and Korean Jinwan Kim.

Cristofer Clemente Mora from Spain, he will be hoping to do better this year, having come 2nd in the 2016 MSIG Lantau 50 race. Clemente cemented his place as one of the world’s best trail runners, by coming 2nd in this year’s (2017) Trail World Championships. In 2016, he also won the prestigious 2016 Ultra Skymarathon Madeira and the Run the Rut race.

Three distances will be on offer at MSIG Lantau 50 with a 16km course contouring the ridge from Sunset peak to Pak Mong, while the 27km course going over Lantau and Sunset Peak down to Pak Mong. For the 54km race, participants will be heading from Tung Chung to Ngong Ping and along the Keung Shan ridge down to the Shek Pik area; and back over Lantau and Sunset Peaks then contouring around and down to Pak Mong before heading back to Tung Chung for the finish line (for all three distances) at Man Tung Road Park. Starting at 6:30 am, the 54km category is a very tough and technical course with over 3500m elevation gain and over 3500m elevation loss. The 27km and the 16km start at 7:30am and 7:45am respectively.

Taiwanese elite, Chou Pin-chi is competing in MSIG Lantau 50 for his first time. “I am glad to be the representative of Taiwan; however, I won’t put much pressure on myself but treasure this opportunity to meet with, learn from and compete against different overseas elites.”

Also for his first time, Affindi from Malaysia is excited to take the challenge. “I am expecting a new challenge from MSIG Lantau 50 because the weather difference between Hong Kong and Malaysia will definitely make the race more challenging to me. But I have got myself prepared, both mentally and physically, and I can’t wait to be on the course!”

One of the Japanese representatives, Yukari Hoshino, is looking forward to being part of the race. “I am really excited to compete with all these international elite runners. I have participated in MSIG Lantau 50 before, the technical course with stone stairs and numerous uphill-downhill sections have left me a memorable impression and I would like to take the challenge once again!”

Kenneth J. Reid, the CEO of presenting sponsor MSIG Insurance (Hong Kong) Limited, said, “We think of ourselves as an insurer that always goes above and beyond in the support of our personal and commercial customers. As a sport, Skyrunning embodies a unique spirit, ambition, and determination to succeed. These values are the reason we’ve been proud to sponsor MSIG 50 series for seven years and Asian Skyrunning Championships for three years.”

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 Info

Event Name

MSIG HK50 Series - MSIG Lantau 50 - Asian Skyrunning Championship

Date

Dec 3, 2017 (Sunday)

Start Time

6.30am: 54km (sunrise at 6:45 so first 15min in dark)

7.30am: 27km (going over Lantau Peak and Sunset Peak, contour of ridge to Pak Mong, Olympic Trail back to Tung Chung)

7.45am: 16 km (no major peaks, contour of ridge to Pak Mong, Olympic Trail back to Tung Chung)

Start Location

Man Tung Road Park next to Novotel Citygate, Tung Chung

Distance

16km, 27km, 54km

 

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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 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 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.