An international field of runners took part in Thailand’s ‘ultra trail challenge’ last weekend. The North Face 100 Thailand 2020 was held in the country’s Nakhon Ratchasima province. Competing across four distances – 15km, 25km, 50km and 100km – a record 4,200 runners from more than 20 countries ‘enjoyed the hills, stunning views and tough trails in the surrounds of Khao Yai.’
Now in its ninth edition, The North Face 100 Thailand is a qualifying event for the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) – ‘the Everest of the trail running world’. The Thai event welcomed elite runners from Thailand and around the world as well as first-time trail runners and outdoor enthusiasts to what has become a celebration of trail running in Thailand.
The 100km distance saw a record field of 613, including a number of past winners and top talent from China. The largest event field this year was the 25km distance. Changes to the course saw an increase in elevation, to up the challenge for participants.
The last to start were the 15km runners which this year saw female participants outnumber the male. Angelo Karagiannis (GBR) finished strong to edge out Wasan Ratana-Aporn (THA) and take the 15km win, while in the Women’s race it was Chalita Tantisirinapadej (THA) that held onto a solid lead ahead of a fast finishing pack.