A wrap-up of trail runs and other events, plus a look ahead at a couple coming soon.
IN EARLY JULY, MORE THAN 300 enthusiasts sporting visors and blue swim caps scribbled race numbers on their triceps in preparation for the annual Sheko Challenge. This year’s 13th edition took them through a 2.2-km swim, 8.5-km run and a 9-km paddle from Big Wave Bay to Sheko Back Beach. Solos could choose from any one of the activities while duos competed in two and trios did the full trisolothon. The event is all about giving everyone a chance to get involved: kids aged 10- 17 could join the fun with a 600-m swim; while for the first time, the full 2.2-km swim could be split into halves or quarters, with winners determined by their total time. “This year the rain has been coming in and out, everyone has been waiting, but it turns out the weather has been absolutely perfect. We’re really happy to be doing this over a decade now, trying to raise awareness for the marine environment and also to support water activities in Hong Kong,” said Doug Woo, co-founder of event organiser Open Water Asia. All the hard work was rewarded with beach water polo, food and an after-party at Back Beach.