The Top 10 Most Scenic Races in Asia

Indonesia

Bromo Tengger Semeru Ultra Run race is a unique event that aims to challenge your inner spirit and physical state, as well as to provide race participants with magnificent natural beauty and environment of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park in East Java – Indonesia at various altitude level. Running at the high altitude region of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, you will experience tracks with various sceneries in the background, such as sea of volcanic sand (2.200 masl) with low temperature and strong wind.

Distances: 30km, 70km, 102km, 170km

Saturday, 2 November 2019

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Vietnam Mountain Marathon is the result of a lifelong love of running and a fascination with Vietnam. Oubeautiful route will take you through the inspiring mountain range of Hoang Lien National Park and its remote valleys near Sapa that are usually closed territory to all but the few.

Run between villages, through rice terraces, across bamboo bridges and past water buffalo and cheering ethnic minority people. Prepare for an extraordinary adventure!

Distances: 10km, 15km, 21km, 42km, 70km, 100km

Saturday, 21 September 2019 & Sunday, 22 September 2019

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The Ultra-Trail Mount Fuji is an unparalleled event that challenges the human spirit through the outdoor sport of trail running. By connecting mountain trails, local footpaths and forest roads around the foothills of Mt. Fuji, this 100 mile course allows participants to enjoy majestic views of Mt. Fuji while experiencing the stunning natural beauty and culture of this region.

Distance: 167km

Friday, 26 April 2019

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An incredible journey through the forests, trails, beaches and bluffs on the beautiful Cape to Cape coastline in South West WA.
You will run past famous surf breaks, iconic wineries and charismatic coastal villages in a journey that is as magical as the Margaret River region is beautiful.
Tackle the race as a solo competitor and run the full 80km course or team up with a group of friends and complete the course as a relay team of up to 5 people doing one (or more) legs each.
Whether you’re an ultra-marathon rookie or long-distance devotee, make The Margaret River Ultra Marathon your next goal! 

Distances: 80km Solo, 80km Team Relay

Saturday, 4 May 2019

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Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset is organised on a non-profit basis. The central feature of the course is Hovsgol National Park and its pristine alpine lake. At an elevation of 1,645 meters (5,400 ft) and with average depth of 245 meters (800 ft), it is one of the largest single bodies of drinkable fresh water in the world. In late June, the surrounding area is at its peak for wildflowers and wildlife. The region around the lake supports a widely dispersed population of mostly nomadic Mongol people who live in gers (Mongolian yurts) and tend herds of horses, camels, cattle and yaks. 

Distances: 42km, 100km

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

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The 50km Cordillera Mountain Ultra turns around Mt. Ugo in Benguet. Topping out at 2150m it features long ridge lines covered in Pine forests as well as superb views of the West Philippine sea, the entire Agno River Valley as well as the Cagayan Valley of Nueva Vizcaya. While shorter distances are also available in this event, the 50 km – is a great opportunity for beginning trail runners to get a taste of ultra or mountain running. It is tough, yet not excessively so.

Distances: 47km

Sunday, 10 March 2019

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The Ultra-Trail Chiang Mai is designed by one of Thailand’s best trail runners, Jay Jantaraboon, who made sure that the various courses take you through the mountainous area of Northern Thailand. 

The race is also close to the city of Chiang Mai so it is an ideal race for a weekend trip with family and friends. 

Distances: 20km, 33km, 65km, 104km

Saturday, 31 August 2019

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The Tengri Ultra, also called the Marathon of the Great Steppe, starts 120km of from Almaty and takes you through the vast lands of the beautiful country of Kazakhstan. The race is organised by Athlete.kz who offers packages for a smooth race experience.

The various distances promise a challenge for every runner. 

Distances: 15km, 35km, 70km

Friday, 10 May 2019

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Kazakhstan

The most ambitious course design yet in the Himalayas. Nepal Action Asia sets the bar. You don’t want to miss this. Himalayas, stupas, dirt roads, dirt single track, stone stairs, leaf forests, not terribly high (2000-2500m average), incredible Nepali local food at well run guest houses, etc etc. And of course the course.

Kathmandu to Pokhara flight included in entry fee as with all accomodation.

Distances: 60km, 100km

Saturday, 2 November 2019

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2019 Ultimate TsaiGu is located in Mount Kwotsang of Zhejiang Province in China, 300 km distance south from Shanghai, with most natural wonderful mountainous trail along with full range of 110 km running distance.

The course is composed of most rural trails with only 4 km road passage (including 2 km running on the Great Wall). The organizers would like to remind all runners to pay attention to any danger to keep you safe.

Distances: 50km, 80km, 110km

Saturday, 20 April 2019

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This list is curated by amino and is based on personal experience and word of mouth recommendations.

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