Shan Highlands Trail Run 2020
Genuine Adventure Trail Running
It's our great pleasure to announce that the Shan Highlands Trail 2020 will be held on the 1st March 2020.
This lovely, but relatively unknown town is located approximately 60km north of Kalaw, in Southern Shan State. The first event was held in 2019 when 80 runners completed the course and was deemed a great success.
Working with local partners and the local community, Myanmar Trail Run has now arranged for the second edition of the Shan Highlands Trail Run. Set over approximately 23.3km with an elevation of around 560m, this adventurous and hilly trail takes runners through the incredible natural environment, mixing adventure with local culture. With something for every runner, we believe this amazing trail has the potential to attract many runners from all over the world.
Whether you are an aspiring trail-runner or a seasoned racer looking for new challenges, unparalleled experiences are offered in this new running event.
But the run isn’t just about running! One of the main reasons that the trail has been set in Ywa Ngan is to promote and support the local village economy through community-based tourism. Like many small villages in Myanmar, this community struggles at many levels, health, education and employment, to name but a few.
Shan Highlands Trail Run – March 1st 2020
With limited accommodation and limited runners allowed on the trail, register early to avoid disappointment.
Starting/Finishing point: Field in front of Shwe Pwint Lin Monastery, Ywa Ngan
Marshalls will help runners offer bag drop, toilet, hydration before/after race
Race pack collection
29th Feb 12:00pm~8:00pm Ywa Ngan
Starting time: 6:00am, Race Cut off time: 12:00pm
The event cut off time is 12pm. Closing time of aid stations - 5km station 8am, 10km station 9am, 15km station 10:30am, 20km station 11:30am. At this time Course Marshals will all return to Ywa Ngan. If you are still on the trail, you can continue to follow the trail markings to the finish line.
Tips for running equipment
We highly recommend bringing the following running equipment:
1. Arm sleeve/ calf sleeve (or long sleeve shirt/ running tights); To avoid getting scratches on arms and legs during running, as a part of the trail is very bushy. Sleeves and tights will offer some protection.
2. Refillable hydration bottle; we have 4 water/aid stations on the route for you to refill your bottles. Being environmentally conscious, we won't provide water in plastic bottles. You will be able to refill your own bottle only.
3. Network coverage - MPT sim only. As you will appreciate, many rural areas in Myanmar, like Ywa Ngan, have very little if any network coverage. If you need to call our emergency numbers during the race, Only the MPT network will provide a good connection.
4. First aid kit; Whether you slip and fall on a rock or—gasp!—get bitten by a snake, or sprain and ankle, it is always best to be prepared on the trail. A couple of bandaids, antiseptic, gauze and 1 or 2 10cm wide crepe bandages are recommended.
5. Foot wear; Foot wear is important. Given the varied terrain we recommend you choose a good all rounder trail running shoe if possible,, which are capable of handling smooth, rocky, wet, and dry terrain. These will also help prevent ankle sprains etc..
From Myanmar Trail Run
Distance: 23.3km Elevation: 559m
There are 2 technical area in the route, 10km~13km and 15km~20km.
Especailly, 16km~17km is so steep, narrow rocky trail that requires a slow pace. Safety first!
How to get there
When you register you can secure a spot on the bus that will be going to and from Yangon to Ywa Ngan, departing Friday and returning Sunday. Anyone who is not a registered runner, perhaps your family or friends, can also use this service. The cost for return transportation is K45,000 per person - please ensure you register for this when you sign up!
The details are below:
Departs Friday 28th February
If you are not coming on the bus, here's some tips for making it to Ywa Ngan:
There are two main way to access Southern Shan. By air or by express bus. If you fly, Heho airport is the most convenient, then you will need to arrange a taxi to Ywa Ngan. There are also buses from Yangon to Kalaw. Then you will need arrange a taxi to Ywa Ngan. Myanmar Responsible Tourism Institute (MRTI) recommends Kaung Kaung Travel & Tour Ywangan (09256507335) and Ma Thinzar (09428146054).
We highly recommend that racers stay in Ywa Ngan on the night of 29th Feb, as th erace will start at 6am on the 1st March.
Accomodation can be arranged through us on the registration page.
You can check out accommodation here:
How to register
Easy 3 steps to experience the amazing trail
What to do in Ywa Ngan
Enjoy the unspoiled nature
Coffee plantation Tour
Taste the high quality coffee
A visit to our coffee plantations, our rare coffee nursery, and our coffee processing facilities. To complete the seed to cup mission of the visit, Genius will also roast and analyze the characteristics of the coffee we are drinking. After the race we will invite all runners to coffee plantations if you want.
Trekking, Waterfalls, Caves
Find a fabulous landscape
There are numerous breathtaking spots which you can touch the unspoiled nature. Blue water pond, Ashae Myin Anauk Myin Mountain,Tae Lu Waterfall,Yae Win Cave, and so on.
Where is Ywa Ngan
It's a hidden gem of southern Shan Highland in Myanmar, which is famous town of coffee bean plantations. 2 hours drive away from Kalaw. 4 hours drive away from Mandalay.
Sponsors & Partners
Stallion Myanmar (Lubricants distributor in Myanmar) is one of the leading brands in the region. Since 1996, they have been providing a comprehensive range of products to the automotive, industrial, and commercial industries to the ASEAN region.
Sport Grear Trading
Sport Gear Trading is an official distributor of Aonijie (World famouns Trail Running equipments company from China) and SaltStick(Electrolytes & Dispensers suppliment company from US)in Myanmar.
100 plus Myanmar
100plus Myanmar is one of the leading isotonic drink suppliers in Myanmar. 100plus Myanmar is always supporting the running events in Myanmar like Yangon 100PLUS Active Run, Yoma Yangon Int. Marathon, Kalaw Trail Run, and Ywangan Trail as well. Runners will be able to relieve their throat after/during our tough race.
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