Ong and Theresia lead series
THE 2017 ASIA TRAIL MASTER Championship series is in full swing with 19 points races already concluded this year. While bot h defending cha mpions, Manolito Divina (Philippines) and Tahira Najmunisaa (Malaysia) have been looking strong, it is Malaysia’s Steven Soonseng Ong and Indonesia’s Ruth Theresia who are leading the rankings currently, with three victories apiece. Ong looks like the man to beat after another convincing run at the recent Tam Dao Mountain Trail in northern Vietnam. The latest Sout heast Asia n countr y to embrace trail running, Vietnam is quickly attracting runners from across the region to its recently developed events. The Vietnam Jungle Marathon, first r un in May t his yea r, in t he Pu Luong Nat u re Res e r ve , 14 0 kms out hwest of Hanoi, is another gem. Its 70-km course a l lows competitors t he opportunit y to discover a remote area of Vietnam still untouched by mass tourism – the perfect scenario for a successful destination race.