Ong and There­sia lead se­ries

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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.

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