Breaking a sweat can be fun when you're exploring the stunning nature of Hong Kong and racing other fearless fitness enthusiasts
For those of you who have pencilled down joining one of these gyms in Hong Kong this year, consider swapping this with an exercise that involves outdoor workouts in nature: running. As you turn away from the TV screen on the treadmill to the stunning mountain views from these hiking trails or hidden running trails in Hong Kong around the city, burning calories can seem like a breeze. From crawling through walls, river running to racing after lights out, these Hong Kong running races and events will give you something to work towards in 2019.
Hong Kong running races and events in 2019
MSIG Trail Running Series
Looking for a new way to enjoy Hong Kong’s mesmerising nature, how about a trail running event that combines stunning mountain views, intense workouts and meeting new friends? Enter MSIG trail running series, a four-part trail running challenge that features picturesque yet challenging routes including Braemar Hill, Tai Po, Pat Sin Leng and Mui Wo. Jointly organised by MSIG Hong Kong and GreenRace, the top overall series winners can take up the next challenging by joining the Racing The Planet – 4 Deserts entry, an annual series of four 250-kilometre races across deserts around the globe.
MSIG Trail Running Series, Various locations: Braemar Hill, Tai Po, Pat Sin Leng, Mui Wo
If you’ve seen photos on Instagram of people smiling while getting covered in mud from head to toes, then chances are they are survivors of the Spartan Race. For those who are planning to join, expect to run, climb, push, pull, throw and crawl through walls, hills, trees, mud and among other challenging but ‘fun’ obstacles. Start building a team of fearless adrenaline junkies now and take part in this epic obstacle race on that’s coming for us 31 May and 1 June. Team members are timed individually and are not required to cross the Finish Line together.
Spartan Race, Ha Pak Nai, Yuen Long, 元朗下白泥
Run Light Stand
For those who are into running after lights out, this race is for you. Taking place in October (date TBC), this running event will blend exercise, lighting effects and music together. Open to individuals, teams of four and the visually-impaired, the 7km run will begin in Plover Cove Reservoir, via the Pak Sha Tau and ending at the Reservoir. Part of the proceeds of the race will go to the Multidisciplinary International Association of Musculoskeletal Pain.
Run Light Stand, Plover Cove Helipad, Helipad, Plover Cove Dam, Tai Mei Tuk, Tai Po, 大埔大尾篤船灣淡水湖主壩直升機坪
Running races in Hong Kong you’ve missed this year
Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2019
One of the most popular Hong Kong running races to take place across the city, in 2019, the event will be held on 17 February. Run the full, try the half or sign up for the 10km race as an individual or as team, but whatever you do, do it quick, as spots in the race go quick!
Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2019, From TST to Hong Kong Island
The Green Run
Calling all eco-conscious runners: the third edition of The Green Run is returning to the city on 24 March this year. Get your green outfits ready and join this race organised by the Green Council, where you can find various eco-friendly elements throughout the event, such as the distribution of reusable water cups instead of bottled water. With the running distance ranging from 3k to 10k, and open for both individuals and teams to join, the event is family-friendly and suitable for company team building. If you’re looking for Hong Kong running races that support a good cause, you can’t beat The Green Run.
The Green Run, Under Charles K Kao Auditorium, Hong Kong Science Park & Pak Shek Kok Promenade, Sha Tin, Hong Kong, 香港科學園高錕會議中心及白石角海濱長廊
Looking for Hong Kong running races in 2019 that will push you to your limits? Sponsored by the American outdoor footwear company Merrell, this event puts teamwork, endurance and your multi sports skills to the test. Happening on 31 March, the event is split into two levels – fitness veterans can go for the 27km Elite Team of two, while first-timers can opt for the 16km Explorer team of three. Both levels will experience a team adventure run with coasteering, orienteering, kayaking, river running, SUP and special team tasks.
Merrell Challenge, Deep Water Bay Beach, 深水灣泳灘