The inaugural Violet Hills Twins Challenge will take place from the 1st February 2022 to 28th February 2022, with the virtual event inviting runners and trail walkers to hit the mountains and record their times until the 28th February 2022. The first-of-its-kind, the race’s champions will be rewarded with prizes from the event organiser and sponsor, the Yvonne Lui Trust, enabling all registration fees and fundraising to go direct to our local charity partner, Hong Kong Hereditary Breast Cancer Family Registry.
Appealing to all-levels, the Violet Hill Twins Challenge is not just for experienced runners but also for long-distance hikers and teams of families: the virtual event is subsequently divided into a 5 km, a 28 km, and a 50 km race.
Violet Hill and The Twins are the first two mountains that runners face on the Wilson Trail, traversing from north to south. Close to Wong Nai Chung Gap, the inviting area is a key junction on Hong Kong Island and therefore easily accessible by a range of public transportation options. Nearby valleys surrounding Tai Tam Reservoir are aesthetically appealing as they have been planted with trees to prevent soil erosion. A step outside the dense urban city, at just 30 minutes’ drive from Central, you can be surrounded by lush and abundant nature. No wonder the trail and the mountains in this area are extremely popular amongst Hong Kongers.
The Yvonne Lui Trust has created the event in honour of Hong Kong’s outstanding trail runners, recognising their years of hard training, and frequent achievements on behalf of Hong Kong in local and overseas competitions. The direct-from-sponsor cash rewards for the winners are ultimately to show encouragement and support to the trail running community.
The event’s unique approach ensures all proceeds and event registration fees go directly to the charity, Hong Kong Hereditary Breast Cancer Family Registry, putting Hong Kong people’s health first. The event hopes to share the trail-running and walking communities’ enthusiasm and passion for the paths in Hong Kong, whilst encouraging even more people to get involved and get out there!