Ultra-runner Scott Jurek in Hong Kong for Barclays MoonTrekker - Expat Living Hong Kong

Ultra-runner Scott Jurek in Hong Kong for Barclays MoonTrekker

One of the world's best ultra-runners, Scott Jurek, will compete with Hong Kong's top runners in this year's Barclays MoonTrekker as they race to beat the sun.

The event will see 1500 runners from across the world take part in an endurance race starting in Mui Wo in the evening of Friday, October 14 with the aim of reaching Lantau Island's peak before sunrise.

Ultrarunner Scott Jurek is in Hong Kong for the Barclays Moontrekker event

 

There are two race distances, 30km or 43km, with people participating either in groups or as individuals.

Scott, who last raced in Hong Kong in 2012, will be taking part in the 43km event which kicks off at 8.30pm.

The environmentalist and vegetarian has won nearly all of ultrarunning's elite trail and road events.

He will take on local title MoonTrekker title defenders Stone Tsang and Claire Price.

Tsang holds the 43km course record of 4h16.56m (set in 2015); while Price holds the 40km women’s record, and holds the second fastest ever time for the 30km route.

Scott said he was looking forward to the experience of racing on Lantau again.

“I’m really excited to experience Lantau’s trials again, after such a long time," Scott said.

"I always think there’s something special about running the hills at night – there’s a kind of peace and stillness you don’t get in the day, and to go through that with so many other people is something I still enjoy every time.”

MoonTrekker was started in 2009 by Hong Kong native William Sargent and his friend Leonie Sands, to create an event unique to Hong Kong.

They aimed that MoonTrekker would challenge participants while also providing the opportunity to view a sunrise from Hong Kong’s second highest mountain, Lantau Peak.

Jurek was invited to Hong Kong by Barclays MoonTrekker’s 2016 charity partner, The Nature Conservancy.

The event raised HK$1.5 million for the environmental organisation last year, and has raised a total of $9 million for charities since 2009.

Louisa Ho, Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Hong Kong Program, said funds raised this year would support Indonesia’s tropical rain forests, Coral Triangle’s sea turtles, and Hong Kong’s Lantau mapping.

There are two race distances, 30km or 43km, with people participating either in groups or as individuals.

Scott, who last raced in Hong Kong in 2012, will be taking part in the 43km event which kicks off at 8.30pm.

The environmentalist and vegetarian has won nearly all of ultra-running's elite trail and road events.

He will take on local title MoonTrekker title defenders Stone Tsang and Claire Price.

Tsang holds the 43km course record of 4h16.56m (set in 2015); while Price holds the 40km women’s record, and holds the second fastest ever time for the 30km route.

Scott said he was looking forward to the experience of racing on Lantau again.

“I’m really excited to experience Lantau’s trials again, after such a long time," Scott said.

"I always think there’s something special about running the hills at night – there’s a kind of peace and stillness you don’t get in the day, and to go through that with so many other people is something I still enjoy every time.”

MoonTrekker was started in 2009 by Hong Kong native William Sargent and his friend Leonie Sands, to create an event unique to Hong Kong.

They aimed that MoonTrekker would challenge participants while also providing the opportunity to view a sunrise from Hong Kong’s second highest mountain, Lantau Peak.

Jurek was invited to Hong Kong by Barclays MoonTrekker’s 2016 charity partner, The Nature Conservancy.

The event raised HK$1.5 million for the environmental organisation last year, and has raised a total of $9 million for charities since 2009.

Louisa Ho, Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Hong Kong Program, said funds raised this year would support Indonesia’s tropical rain forests, Coral Triangle’s sea turtles, and Hong Kong’s Lantau mapping.

It's too late to don your running shoes and join in, but there's still time to support the teams with their fundraising efforts. Find out more about Barclays MoonTrekker.

Check out more things to do in Hong Kong.