香港四大山徑超級挑戰賽 2019 Hong Kong Four Trails Ultra Challenge

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賽事地區香港
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賽事地點屯門何福堂
主辦組織HK4TUC
報名日期2018/09/26~2019/01/31
比賽日期2019/02/06
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Highlights

The 8th edition of the annual HK4TUC will take place in the same format as the successful events in previous years.

- Total 298km distance and 14,500m D+ elevation, to be completed solo and self-supported within 60 hours- Wed, 06 Feb 2019 09:00 - Fri, 08 Feb 2019 21:00 (second to fourth days of Chinese New Year)- This is a non-stop event; this is not a multi-stage event.- This is not a “let’s see how many km / trails you can manage in the given time” event. This Challenge is about completing no less than all four trails.- Participants can take rest and sleep breaks at their own discretion during the Challenge but the timing does not pause.- Trail sequence: Maclehose – Wilson – Hong Kong – Lantau trails- Individual trails to be run in reverse, i.e. from trail finish to trail head.- Event starts in Tuen Mun at Maclehose trail finish and ends in Mui Wo at the famous green postbox in front of the ferry terminal.- 18 hours cutoff to finish the first trail (Maclehose) by latest Thu, 07 Feb 2019 03:00- 56 hours cutoff to start the third trail (Lantau) by latest Fri, 08 Feb 2019 17:00- Participants will be recognised as Finisher if they complete the Challenge within the 60 hours cut-off time by latest Fri, 08 Feb 2019 21:00 and comply with all rules.- Participants failing to finish in 60 hours may continue with the Challenge and will be recognised as Survivor if they complete Maclehose within 18 hours, start the Lantau trail within 56 hours and complete all four trails within 75 hours by latest Sat, 09 Feb 2019 12:00 noon and comply with all rules.- Participants failing to complete Maclehose within 18 hours, or to start the Lantau trail within 56 hours or complete all trails within 75 hours or found to violate (or their crews violate) any of the rules may continue on their own but will be removed from the tracking system, not be recognised in the Challenge, and listed as Retired without any further details.- Nobody will be waiting at the Mui Wo green postbox after 75 hours, there will be no welcome reception and the tracking system will be switched off and the Challenge will end.- Strictly solo and self-supported whilst on trail. No pacers, outside companions, crews, mules, drop bags. Crew support only allowed off-trails, e.g. at trail head or trail finish and between the four trails. Participants of the Challenge are permitted to run together but no outside companions are allowed.- Trekking poles, hiking poles, walking sticks are strictly not permitted. - Must take MTR from Lam Tin to Tai Koo for Victoria Harbour crossing along Wilson trail.- Must take ferry from Central (Hong Kong island) to Mui Wo (Lantau island) after Hong Kong trail and before Lantau trail.

Nature of the Challenge
The HK4TUC is a low key, extremely difficult event that requires a high level of hardship and endurance. Self reliance and determination is the focus of the Challenge. Participants will need to carry all gear, food, water etc. and must therefore expect to carry a heavy pack.

This is only for people who love pain and suffering and get a thrill out of attempting something that they deem impossible and they expect most likely to completely fail at. Thats the reason why this Challenge was founded in 2012.

The core essence of the HK4TUC is about you and you alone in your battle with the trails over a very long, sustained period of time.The HK4TUC is not for you if you• prefer to run with others• don’t like very long periods of solitude running on trails• are not prepared to run alone for three nights in a row with no or very little sleep• have never completed a 100 km trail run (100+ miles trail experience highly recommended)• just want to “see how far you get” or only intend to complete a single, or two or three trails only• expect race swag, aid stations with food, event specific course marking• seek a qualifier for races such as UTMB, Western States or Hardrock; these may however help you qualify you for HK4TUC when you express your interest to participate• have an allergy against champagne showers

Course
The individual courses follow exactly the original four Hong Kong long distance trails, as shown here http://hiking.gov.hk/eng/longtrail/longtrail.htm (the website includes detailed maps as well). The Challenge follows the original trail courses and not any temporary diversions that may be established by authorities from time to time. The trails have to be run in reverse from trail finish to trail head.

Course knowledge is advantageous and course recce is highly recommended but not mandatory. GPS aid and maps are allowed to be used in the Challenge for now. In particular you may wish to use the smartphone app “Enjoy Hiking” with trail maps and live identification of your location on the map as provided by the Hong Kong Government (see http://hiking.gov.hk/eng/index.htm), use at your own risk and discretion.

Prerequisites
Given the distance and elevation change involved, this event is targeted at the experienced trail running enthusiast. This is a very hard event and it challenges your strategy and self-pacing, and not necessarily just raw fitness.

The idea is for this to be a community-driven, non-commercial, no-frills challenge. This is not a race, not a sporting competition, there are no prizes, no medals, no rankings, no UTMB points. Just a bunch of like-minded ultra trail runners getting together to challenge themselves individually. Just for the fun of it – because the trails are there.

There is no participation fee to join the challenge. Participants will have to cover the cost of the mandatory live tracking to be provided for the event by a third party to enhance safety, details will be provided to invited participants separately. Fully self-supported event, i.e. each participant carries with them all they need for each trail (food, clothes, headlamp, essential safety kit etc.). Whilst on trails, no crewing, no pacing, no outside companion, no muling, no stashing, no trekking poles permitted. Since there are no rankings, relying on outside support only means cheating yourself. Participants are allowed to buy water and food at publicly available shops or vending machines along the route. Participants can run together if they wish.

You have to arrange your own transport to/from the trail start/finish locations and are encouraged to use public transport (taxi, train, Lantau ferry etc.) and cab-share. Private transport is also allowed.

Participation is strictly by invitation from the HK4TUC founder. You are encouraged to express your interest by providing background on your relevant ultra trail experience and motivation as to why you want to join. You then may or may not receive an invitation. If you don’t receive an invitation there is no appeal but you are welcome to try again next year. The list of participants may or may not be announced until the start of the Challenge.

Mandatory and suggested gear
Mandatory: must carry the official GPS live tracker provided for the event, must carry a mobile phone and must be contactable at all times where mobile reception exists (~95% of the course)

Suggested: Water, nutrition, lighting system with backup, rain jacket, space blanket, emergency first aid kit

Rules
• No fees to participate, no whining, no aid, no awards. Fatass-style all the way.• This is a solo, self-support event. Support of any kind is strictly only permitted off-trail.• Runners are not allowed outside support or pacers or outside companions of any sort whilst on trail. Participants of the Challenge are of course allowed to run together if they wish.• In case you missed it: No support runner is allowed to accompany any participant on any section of the course. On trail, no crews are allowed and no pacers or outside companions are allowed.• Strictly no littering, including crew. Anyone caught littering will be immediately disqualified and banned from future Challenges.• Please maintain proper trail etiquette.• Participants are responsible for their crews and will be listed as Retired if any rule is violated including if any crew members violate any rule.• Must carry mandatory gear at all times.• Trekking poles, hiking poles, walking sticks are strictly not permitted.• Must operate GPS live tracker at all times.• Must be contactable by mobile phone at all times, subject to mobile reception.• All trails and the entire course need to be covered on foot only.• If you get lost, you must backtrack to the last trail marker and try again.• If you retire from the Challenge, you must inform the Challenge Director as soon as possible.• Rules may be added or changed at any time and without notice if and when circumstances arise at the sole discretion of the Challenge Director.

In addition, the rules outlined in other sections of this document also apply. The decisions of the Challenge Director are final. Whining and bitching doesn’t help (see rule #1 above).

By entering the challenge you agree to be photographed and filmed, with the images used as part of the HK4TUC website or other communication. By submitting this expression of interest you agree for your personal data to be stored and processed and used by the Challenge Director in relation to HK4TUC.

Disclaimers and risks
You enter and participate in the Challenge at your own risk. If anyone can complete this Challenge, it will certainly require exceptional endurance and most importantly mental strength and self-sufficiency. There will be no medical support. If you are injured but can walk, then please use the nearest exit from the trail back to civilisation and promptly inform the Challenge Director. For all serious medical problems or in case of emergency, note the number of the nearest distance post (e.g. W039) along your way, and call 112 or 999 or use the nearest emergency telephone.

This is a low key fun event for experienced ultra-runners only. However, it will be extremely difficult to complete (let alone to finish), and participants must be aware of the risks involved in ultra-running and the potential hazards that could arise. They should be aware of their surroundings at all times and take care when crossing roads. The organisers accept no responsibility for the personal safety of the participants, any injury or the loss of any personal items and it is advised that runners take out their own personal insurance. You must be aware that you enter and participate in this Challenge solely at your own risk.

Participation
• Participation in the Challenge requires invitation by the HK4TUC founder.• Interested parties can express interest, need to provide background on why they want to join and list highlights of relevant ultra trail experience.• You may or may not receive an invitation.• Anyone not invited may try again next year. Or create your own personal challenge – the trails are there for everyone.• Whining and bitching does not increase your likelihood to be invited.• Max 28 participant slots with at least 50% female participants. A waitlist will be maintained.
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