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Runners complete Vietnam Mountain Marathon

Released at: 15:24, 26/09/2016

Runners complete Vietnam Mountain Marathon

Photo: Viet Tuan

Vietnam Mountain Marathon 2016 held in the hills and valleys around Sapa on September 23 - 25.

by Viet Tuan - Do Huong

Runners in the Vietnam Mountain Marathon 2016 from September 23 to 25 not only conquered the imposing beauty of Vietnam’s northwest but also themselves.

In this fourth edition the event included runs of 10 km, 21 km, 42 km, 70 km and 100 km.

Runners in the 100 km continued without sleep, eating or resting.

“Here are no ambassadors, only those who are passionate about sport,” said British Ambassador Giles Lever. “Sport helps us become closer without distinguishing between nations, skin color, religion and language.”

The Vietnam Marathon Mountain 2016 is the fourth organized by Topas Travel and attracted 1,600 runners from 40 countries. Runners challenged themselves and also explored Sapa - the famous tourism destination in Vietnam’s north.

Taking on the mountains overnight.

Darkness by a river stream.

Thai Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol (front) runs in the 21 km race.

Actress Kathy Uyen was excited about exploring the beauty of Sapa in the 21 km race.

British Ambassador Giles Lever runs through the jungle in the 70 km race.

Having fun among the rice fields.

Hmong children encourage the runners.

Japan's Sayaka Matsumoto - the winner of the women's 70 km race in 10 hours and 51 minutes.

The run passes through villages as well as wide open spaces.

Peter Novotny from the Czech Republic - the winner of the men's 100 km ultra marathon in 14 hours and 53 minutes.

Ambassador Lever gets a hug from his son at the finish line.

Some family support at the finish line.

Denmark's Carsten Nielsen's wife gives him a kiss after he crosses the finish line of the 100 km race.

A Japanese runner sheds tears of joy after completing the 100 km race in a time of 23 hours.

Exhaustion at the finish line.

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