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Round the Island2013 Race Sunday April 21st
This is an annual ultra distance event of approx 64k, founded by former AVOHKer and longtime Hong Kong resident Tony Gover. Over the years the route has been modified and now is a figure "8" from the sitting out area at Wong Nai Chung Gap/Tai Tam Reservoir Road junction. The route follows catchwater's and country park paths around Hong Kong island with as short a distance as possible on main roads. "True Grit" runners cover the entire course themselves. There is also a "Whimp" category for pairs of runners who wish to share the distance or run it in relay fashion. This event features one of the more eclectic of our finisher T-shirts, every runner has their name printed on the shirt.
The start and finish is in the lower sitting out area between the public carpark and Sir Cecils Ride on Tai Tam Reservoir Road at Wong Nai Chung Gap. You choose your start time (the starts are every 15 mins from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.) to allow you to finish between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. If you finish before 2 p.m., your time will be recorded as if you finished at 2 p.m. The finish, however, closes at 6 p.m. so that our volunteers can get home. We ask that you respect this time and if you are unable to finish by 6.00pm you withdraw from the event.
The course is marked with blue dots with three dots in a triangle at each junction
This event resembles a time trial and is not a race, runners are NOT permitted to use any mobile aid station. The following should be used as a guide to your time for TRUE GRIT - Marathon Time x 2
If you compete as WHIMPS, the CHANGEOVER point is at the Start/Finish.
In ODD YEARS the route starts on the north side of the island and heads EASTWARDS, clockwise towards Mount Parker, Shek O and returns to the checkpoint via Tai Tam and Violet Hill. The course then continues on the south side of the island going WESTWARDS, clockwise along Lady Clementis ride, the Aberdeen country park, Pok Fu Lam Country Park, mid-levels and then returns along Bowen Road.
In EVEN YEARS the route starts on north side of the island and heads WESTWARDS, anti-clockwise towards mid-levels and returns to the checkpoint via the Aberdeen catchment , Lady Clementis, Deep Water Bay Road. The course then continues on the south side of the island, going EASTWARDS, anti-clockwise along the face of Violet Hill towards Tai Tam, along the Catchwater below Shek O Road crossing at the Hobbie Steps , trail to Tai Tam Road near the Crematorium and then more trail via Mount Parker returning on Sir Cecil's Ride.
Although there are checkpoints and aid stations entrants also need to ensure they have enough water and supplies for the route. You are advised to carry a mobile phone, octopus and some money in case you drop out.
RTI entry is limited to 300 people , Entries are acknowledged by email only. Ensure you write your name clearly as it is printed on the event t shirt. Pick up the number bib on event morning and register your start time on the morning also.
There are male and female categories in the true grit with age groups, in the whimps teams can be male, female or mixed and again there are age groups. Prizes awarded to winners in all categories and runners up if the number of entries in a category is sufficient.
Approximately 3 weeks after the event there is a RTI party where all who finished within the time limit receive their medal and t shirt and prize winners are awarded trophy's. There is also a lucky draw and buffet meal, the 2013 party will be on Wednesday 8 May at the Mariners Club, Middle Road, TST. Booking form available with race entry confirmation and on race day.