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NYC Marathon Training Routes

Hi-
I am fairly new to Hong Kong, and I am training for the ING NYC marathon on November 4th.
I am struggling to find routes that are not overly hilly or on cement. I live on the South Side.

I would love some route suggestions, happy to go to Sai Kung or New Territories?

Ideally looking for some trail runs.

Many thanks.

Re: NYC Marathon Training Routes

Hi Tilson, welcome to HK.

I'm also on the South Side and have done virtually all my training for marathons there. There are good trail runs but invariably you can't cut out the hills altogether. I can talk you through them. Do you have contact details?

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Thanks, that would be great.
kellycorroon@yahoo.com

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Can't avoid little bit of hill climb. I run from Repulse Bay to Deep Water Bay through Ocean Park then around near Singapore International School then back. It is about 10km. You can either do multiple laps or can stretch towards South Bay or Aberdeen.

The hilly runs are good for your legs.

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Why not happy Valley?

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Tilson

I also live on the South Side and am also training for New York. As it happens, I am doing most of my long runs just as circuits of Bowen Road. But that's mainly because I don't mind the monotony and at this time of year I need a few litres of fluid on a 30km run and I find it more convenient to store drink in my car than carry all the water I need.

However when I've trained for winter marathons like the Tokyo Marathon when I don't need to carry so much fluid, I've found some good continuous routes on the South-side. One of the best that is not too hilly and involves trails involves joining the catch water above Repulse Bay. You start near Hong Kong International School. You have to scramble a bit to get up onto the catch water but once on the catch water (turn right), you have a continuous flat run until Stanley. At this point, you need to descend to the road downstairs and, turning left, head along the road for about 200 metres (be careful here as there is no pavement at times). Then you head up some short steps to rejoin the catch water. It can get a bit overgrown here at times and you may get a few scratches on your legs but there'll be no lasting harm. At the end of the catch water, descend the steps into Tai Tam Reservoir Park, turn right and cross the road. Now going down hill past the other Hong Kong International School campus, you then take a left and go past a small village by the bay. Eventually you get to the bottom of the dam. At this point, look out for the blue dots that mark the Round the Island Race route. They'll eventually take you to Hong Kong Trail Section 7 (turn right). You then have about 6km running along a flat trail until you hit many steps. I tend to just turnaround and repeat my steps, though once back in Tai Tam Reservoir Park I may go back up via Parkview - but that does involve some tough hill work, which is pretty tough at this time of year.

What is your target time for NY?

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Thanks for that info...
When you are talking about steps down to Stanley from catch water, are they the ones from the twins that end at the bus stop? And then do you re-join where they are doing the construction?

Will check out the Round the Island Race route as well. Haven't done Bowen Road yet, but I am planning to do that on Thursday.

Will cobble it all together, thanks!

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Tilson

In full disclosure, I have to report that, on Sunday, I tried to run the route I described to you. Unfortunately, when I said that the second catch water (between the steps that indeed descend from the Twins and Tai Tam Tuk) can get a "bit overgrown"' this is a huge understatement and there are stretches of this route that are not currently suitable for running. I know the catch water is primarily there for water management purposes but it is a great shame that the government can't better maintain these off-road routes that are a great asset in Hong Kong for runners and hikers alike. And when I talked about following the blue dots on the round the island route to connect with Hong Kong Trail stage 7, I had not anticipated that what is normally a stream bed would be in full spate and impassable without getting very wet feet. The best thing to do then is to take the trail from Repulse Bay Gap that goes down into Tai Tam Reservoir Park, head left uphill a bit and connect with Hong Kong Trail section 6 which will lead you to section 7. There"ll be a few hills but it is all pleasant trail running.

I'll be on Bowen Rd tomorrow too at about noon.

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Hey guys, I'll be in HK from Friday morning to Sunday night. I'm also training for the NYC marathon and I'm planning to clock my long run (26-28km) at 5:43-5:48 min/km pace. I've been considering doing parts of the Maclehose trail, in which case my pace will be slower. If you guys are interested in doing a long run together this weekend let me know. My email is yummyanj@gmail.com.