There’s nothing like a bit of #mondaymotivation to get you going, and setting clear and achievable goals is one of the best ways to do that. We’ve taken a look at the Hong Kong fitness calendar for the next few months, and rounded up some of the best running races to give you the motivation to get outside and get running.
August 18: AVOHK 5K series
One of Hong Kong’s biggest organisers of running races, the AVOHK’s annual 5KM race series begins this month on Bowen Road, followed by Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir (September 1), Black’s Link (September 15) and South Bay (September 29). You can sign up for just one or all four: it’s a great opportunity to improve your time over a six week time period. Children over 12 are welcomed, so it’s one that the whole family can do, too.
September 23: Race The Peak
If you aren’t afraid of a little (read: a lot of) uphill running, take on the Race The Peak challenge. Compete in the 7KM race, or do the 3.5KM walking route as a family. You’re sure to sweat, but the view from the top will be worth it. Make sure you sign up before September 9th.
October 7: Women’s Five
The Women’s Five 5KM race and training programme provides runners not only with a beautiful running route through Tai Tam but also a varied training programme and fitness community. The programme focuses on running, yoga, HIIT, meditation and mindfulness, with 12 optional sessions in the five weeks before the race. This is a great race for first-time racers and veterans alike.
October 7: Lantau 2 Peaks
Trail running isn’t for everyone, but if you love hills, mixed terrain and stunning views, the Action Asia Lantau Peaks race will be rewarding. Choose to do 23 or 15KM, and climb some of the biggest peaks in Hong Kong with an elevation gain of over 1977 metres. Training is essential for this one—make sure you’re confident tackling steep hills and rough terrain before you sign up for the 23KM race.
October 13: AVOHK Reservoir Series
The AVOHK Reservoir Series is another four-race series that invites Hong Kong runners to take on various reservoir challenges, ranging from 8 to 15KM. The first race takes place at Tai Lam Chung Reservoir, followed by Aberdeen Reservoir (November 3), Tai Tam Reservoir (December 15) and Shing Mun Reservoir (January 12, 2019). If you need the motivation to keep your training up over the Christmas holidays, this could be an exciting challenge to keep you on track.
Oct 20: HK50
Action Asia is hosting a challenging trail-and-road race for the ultra-marathon runners out there. The 50KM course will take racers from The Peak to Wong Nai Chung Gap, via Tai Tam—it’s described as one of the easier courses in their 50KM series, but we wouldn’t take this challenge on lightly. There’s a 24KM option too, for those looking to try out the course.
November 3&4: Disneyland Run Weekend with AIA Vitality
Disney fans unite and strap on your running shoes. Get friends and family together, and choose between a 10KM, 5KM and 3KM race through Disneyland Hong Kong. It’s the only official race inside the theme park—plus, as a bonus you get discounted tickets into the park itself.
Nov 10: RUN Charity Race
The RUN Charity Race gives you more than just good health: raising funds for sports and education programmes to rehabilitate vulnerable refugees, you can run for a cause and support the refugee community in Hong Kong. Run 14 or 19KM through Tai Tam Country Park, or run the 19KM as a two-person corporate team.
Feb 1-3: 9 Dragons Ultra
If all of the races so far have sounded like small fry, it’s maybe best to gear your training towards the epic 9 Dragons Ultra in the new year. The race takes its name from its mixed-trail run course across Kowloon’s eight peaks—Kowloon Peak, Tung Shan, Tate’s Cairn, Temple Hill, Unicorn Ridge, Lion Rock, Beacon Hill, Crow’s Nest—which are collectively known as the eight dragons. The ninth dragon was the emperor, although it’s now the title reserved for those who finish this incredible course. Runners can take on the 50km course, the 50mile course, or the multi-day Dragon 50/50 which is a whopping 143km, with more than 8,600m of elevation gain. Serious runners can sign up below.