A word from your or­gan­iser Michael Mad­dess – Race Direc­tor, Ac­tion Asia Events

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One of the most di­vi­sive fig­ures in the sport in Asia, Mad­dess has been piv­otal to its de­vel­op­ment, build­ing a pyra­mid of races in Hong Kong and be­yond lead­ing run­ners from 10-kilo­me­tre ‘sprints’ up. Along the way, he has run him­self ragged on thou­sands of kilo­me­tres of recce runs all over the re­gion. His rec­ol­lec­tion of a run on the border of Viet­nam/laos is not un­typ­i­cal. “I was given a Viet­namese Army pass with my pic­ture on it – the only way I could get in to the closed area. The sol­diers parked their mo­tor­bike and went off hunt­ing. I passed a oneme­tre-high plaque with Viet­namese writ­ing. I thought it was a warn­ing I was get­ting close to the border, but it was the border. I re­alised I was in Laos when a sol­dier jumped out and shoved an AK-47 in my face. I had no ID, but I had that pass. Prob­a­bly what saved my ass though was the fact I was wear­ing noth­ing but span­dex pants and a hy­dra­tion pack.”

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