The competition will be held in and around Cat Tien National Park in Lam Dong Province 150km from Ho Chi Minh City. The beauty of the jungle race is in overcoming nature’s obstacles and finding your way to the finish line.
Teams of two racers will mountain bike, run through the forest, make their way down river and undertake an orienteering race to try and grab the trophy. Last year, 86 participants from 20 different countries competed in the challenge. Participants have a choice of three classes to compete in. The Adventure level is for contestants new to adventure racing. Extreme is for good level sportsmen and the Ultra level is for experienced racers only. Ultra contestants race for over ten hours and begin at night.
Endurance the Eco Way
“It is the ultimate test of strength,” say the organisers. The race is an avenue to promote agro-forestry projects, fight against deforestation and to create the roots for eco-tourism in the region. Viet Adventure promotes a leave no trace policy for its events. No harmful substances are used, no trees are cut when they clear the trails and they instill their environmentally aware policy into the minds of the runners and support crew alike.
“We searched in Vietnam to offer a unique trip and a genuine experience off the beaten track to raise awareness to protect Mother Nature,” they continue. “Our commitment to environment protection is a priority while organising such events. It is also Viet Adventure’s intention to develop sport and understanding at the grassroots level and bring new athletes to our adventure race to understand the importance of forest protection.”
The fourth annual Madagui Trophy adventure race will take place on Mar. 5 and Mar. 6. Available spots for the race are filling up quickly with entries received so far from China, USA, UK, Switzerland, France, New Zealand, Singapore and of course Vietnam. Interested participants should visit Viet Adventure’s website (www.vietadventure.vn) for more information.