Taipei 100 km trail running race set for April return

The North Face 100 event winds through traditional hunting routes and showcases Taiwan’s scenery

(Image from The North Face)

(Image from The North Face)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The 11th annual North Face 100 trail running event will take place in New Taipei City on April 20-21, with races ranging from 10 to 100 kilometers on offer.

The event will wind through the hills and mountains to the north and east of Taipei City, with much of the course following centuries-old hunting routes and linking major historical sites.

The event includes 10, 20, 50, and 100 km races, all of which take distinctly different routes. A marathon completion certificate is required to participate in the 20, 50, and 100 km events, with the 100 km event also requiring a medical certificate.

Runners will be given 32 hours to complete the 100 km course, which includes a total altitude gain of 6,800 meters.

The event is expected to draw around 3,000 participants from over 10 countries, reported Liberty Times.

The routes were designed by Taiwanese runner Lin Shih-I (林士懿), who said he spent more than three months planning, as well as an additional month finding locations to set up aid and refreshment stations, reported NOWnews.

Lin said that the courses were designed with safety in mind, and offer stunning views, reported Liberty Times.

Event participants will be offered the opportunity to learn how to run on rugged trails on March 9, when trail maintenance and environmental education will also take place.

The second round of registration is open until Feb. 28, 2019. More information can be found on the event’s official website.

Video from The North Face Taiwan's Facebook page.