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Mozart 100, June 2017

Mozart 100, June 2017

As an Austrian who has lived abroad for many years, the annual home vacation each summer is always a special occasion. That much more this year as it was to be a “runcation”; yes, it is exactly what it sounds like: a vacation planned around a running event. We had both signed up for #mozart100. The 12,5km city trail for Liz and the 104km Ultra Trail for me. Our other holiday destinations will no doubt be covered in separate posts….

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UTA 2016 – ULTRA TRAIL AUSTRALIA

UTA 2016 – ULTRA TRAIL AUSTRALIA

May 12, 2016 – PRE RACE  We (Liz, Sister-in-law Loritta, her friend Yvonne and I) had travelled to Sydney two days ahead of the race to spend one night before heading up to Katoomba the next day.   May 13, 2016  A scenic train ride of approximately two hours and we found ourselves in Katoomba up in the Blue Mountains and at the Scenic World, the venue of the five day Ultra Trail Australia festival. Accommodation rather basic but adequate at the KCC community centre. …

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TMBT Ultra Trail Marathon – Borneo 100K 2015 (29.8.15)

TMBT Ultra Trail Marathon – Borneo 100K 2015 (29.8.15)

The TMBT stands for “The Most Beautiful Thing” and as far as the scenery, the people along the way and the event as a whole are concerned, the title describes it really well. And considering that this is a young event, only six years in existence, it is amazing how well established it is already. Credit goes to the organizers whom are doing an amazing job, getting the logistics done in most professional manner. I had been looking forward to…

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FrontRUNNER Valley Trail Challenge 2015

FrontRUNNER Valley Trail Challenge 2015

Just two weeks back, we’d spent the weekend in Nuvali, about an hour south of Metro Manila. Then, I  ran the TNF 100, likely the most gruelling 50km ultra Marathon I have experienced yet. That notwithstanding, this weekend we were back. We being Liz, our Sis, Loritta and myself, to participate in yet another Trail event. Liz and Loritta were in for the 15km distance and I had signed up yet again for the 50km loop. But first things first,…

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TNF 100 Philippines 2015

TNF 100 Philippines 2015

This is another great trail run I have been looking forward to… There are seven in the series of “The North Face 100″and this is number three for me, following Thailand and Hong Kong. And the thing about trail running is that we are always looking for the next great run. Translation: “tougher challenge”. And it would seem to me that I found it, again! I opted for the 50km distance as I considered this a great long run opportunity…

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2nd Taal Volcano 360 Challenge Trail Run

2nd Taal Volcano 360 Challenge Trail Run

Three months into our relocation, we have settled quite well in our new surroundings in Manila and we are beginning to explore a little further out. As you would expect, the most likely way for us to do so, is by joining interesting running events outside of Manila. Recently we participated in the Nat Geo Marathon in Manila and then flew to Sabah, Malaysia to run the Borneo International Marathon. This time we headed about two hours down south, to…

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TNF 100 Thailand 2015

TNF 100 Thailand 2015

Once again we find ourselves in one of our favorite parts of Thailand, Khao Yai National Park and this time back in Pak Chong for the third consecutive year to participate in the North Face 100 Trail Run! What started for us three years ago has become an annual event we have been looking forward to. And each year we go with a group of friends, some runners, some cheerleaders but all having a great time in any case. And…

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TNF 100 Hong Kong 2014

TNF 100 Hong Kong 2014

The North Face 100 in Hong Kong is one of the hardest Trail running events on the Asia circuit. And in what could only have been either a spate of perceived greatness or a moment of temporary insanity (two converging conditions), I had signed up for the 50km distance some 6 months ago, the same day the race opened for registration. I have been training hard to get ready for this and to see if I could do it as I…

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