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Running in Hong Kong

Hi Hong Kong runners, I will be visiting Hong Kong for a month in September. Since I am training for several half marathons in US, I am trying to find a running group and recommended running routes for my long runs on the weekends. I am originally from Hong Kong but have been living in US for the past 12 years so I am not familiar with areas that are runners friendly, especially for weekend long runs. I will be staying in Tsuen Wan area but wouldn't mind to meet other runners in a different area. My pace is about 9 min/mile for 5k and 10:30 min/mile for half marathon. Please let me know if there are running groups that meet regularly and any recommended routes would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance for your help!
Yan

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Re: Running in Hong Kong

Hello Yan,
There is a friendly and very casual running group called HK Harbour Runners, every Wednesday evening at 7:45pm. They run either from TST clock tower to west Kowloon, or Central star ferry pier 7 to Kennedy Town. Distance is about 8km and there are different pace groups (5min/km, 6min/km etc).
Have a look for them on twitter or Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/harbourrunners)

https://www.facebook.com/HarbourRunners.hk?ref=stream&hc_location=stream

No fees, no registration, just turn up in your running kit and go! Bag drop available.

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Re: Running in Hong Kong

Thanks for sharing Michael, I read about this group on Facebook and saw their photos and they are definitely fascinating!

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Re: Running in Hong Kong

You're welcome, Keith.
They do run through some dynamic stretches, and then corral runners into the fast, medium and slow groups. Just follow the gang and enjoy! Absolutely no restrictions or limitations. Sometimes, runners who did overseas marathons would also share their experiences after the race during the cooldown exercises, and on some rare occasions, even have a band playing! They sometimes even arrange silly things like Halloween costume runs, etc when the opportunity arises. Distance is pretty much set at 8km, but for those more experienced, this is a good way to build up speed, as some of the fastest guys can run at 4min/k for that 8km.

Oh, and they ALWAYS take a group photo at the end, so don't disappear immediately after running! :)

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Re: Running in Hong Kong

Hi Michael, yes, interesting to see the photos of tram run, running after the last tram of the day, something people can only dream of doing!

Re: Running in Hong Kong

Thanks for the great info Michael. I must say that I am no where as fast as you guys. But I will definitely meet up with the group!

Sorry for bunch of questions. I just wanted to be prepared:
-How does bag drop work?
-Is there a place to change clothes?
-Since it's at night, do you guys wear a reflective vest and blinking light?
-I assume that it's hot and humid in Hong Kong this time of the year. Do you typically carry water bottles?
-Any routes there that are runners friendly for roughly 15k-20k distance?

Thank you so much!!
Yan

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Re: Running in Hong Kong

Hi Ngyanyan,
Bag drop at Central is a sheltered area ear the concentric circles area, on ground floor of Star Ferry area. (Badly worded, sorry!) You will see lots of runners. Just ask them where's the Harbour Runners bag drop :)
Bag drop at TST: it's at a minivan parked in between the taxi rank and TST Clock Tower. Again, ask those in running gear.
For Central, I would usually change in the IFC Mall or Princes Building toilets before heading to the Star Ferry ground floor.
At TST, we would change in the Cultural Centre toilets.
Although we run at night, it's alongside street lights so its not a problem. If you're not sure where to go, just wait for the others to guide you.
For hot days, i would recommend runners bring along a small bottle of water to run with. You'll see most runners going without it, but just do what is most suitable for you.
Whereabouts do you live? Different routes to recommend depending on locale. I live in Shatin and there's a clear path along the promenade straight through to Tai Po. Back and forth is about 20k. Or traversing both sides of Shing Mun river for as many laps of 5-6k as you like!