A word from your or­gan­iser Steve Carr – Race Direc­tor, 9 Dragons

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When a friend asked him to run the first Hard As Nayls event, Carr pre­sumed he meant ‘run’ as an ath­lete, not ‘run’ as an or­gan­iser. Af­ter a sur­pris­ingly en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence, he teamed up with fel­low run­ners Michael Or­mis­ton and Nic Tin­worth to form Race­base. “The com­mon link be­tween us all was want­ing ex­pe­ri­ences for the run­ners – so the lit­tle de­tails mat­tered as much as the big grandiose ones – and ul­ti­mately we wanted to do bet­ter events than those out there,” he says. “9 Dragons was some­thing that I al­ways wanted to do as I felt that Hong Kong didn’t have a ‘cult clas­sic’ race as such. But we wanted to get away from the idea of an­other 100-kilo­me­tre or an­other 100-mile race (these seem to be done to death in HK now). The idea of a stage race or a 50/50 was alien at that point – there are still only three proper 50/50s world­wide.” As for races he ad­mires: “I wish I could em­u­late the or­gan­i­sa­tion be­hind UTMF – it is beau­ti­fully or­gan­ised. I look at races in China and wish I had the fi­nan­cial clout that they have to push their event’s scale: Mt Gaoligong, for ex­am­ple. And I look at races like Hard­core 100 and the Cordillera Moun­tain Ul­tra [in the Philip­pines] with their in­cred­i­ble re­mote­ness and beauty – some­thing Hong Kong has but not on the same scale.”

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