Historic fall season for The North Face Adventure Team




It’s been an exciting and historic few months for APA's Athlete team, THE NORTH FACE ADVENTURE TEAM.

Firstly, the team pulled off one of its most successful performances yet in Wu Long Mountain Quest, the de facto World Championship of stage adventure racing. The team managed to podium on one stage and also hold the yellow jersey (leaders overall) during a 4-day battle in the rain and mud against the world’s top teams from New Zealand, Australia, Russia, China, Europe, and beyond.

The team also had other successful regional adventure racing results, including winning the Krabi Trophy, one of Thailand’s biggest adventure races of 2016…and a double podium (mixed and overall) in the International Rembau Challenge, Malaysia’s most high-profile race with an extremely competitive field of many local and international teams.

On the trail and mountain running front, team member Safrey made history by winning the Mt. Kinabalu International Climbathon. Recognised as one of the most iconic and difficult pure mountain running events in Asia, the Climbathon has a 30-year history and has been won by a list of legendary world champion mountain runners such as Kilian Jornet. Safrey ran a perfect race and finally won the event for the first time on his home mountain after 14 years of racing and many podiums. When he is not racing, Safrey also works as a trekking guide on Mt. Kinabalu, one of SE Asia’s highest peaks at 4,095 metres.

Chung also had a historic finish in Europe's UTMB (Ultra Trail Mount Blanc), considered as the closest thing to a World Championships of Ultra Trail Running. Despite a toe injury, Chung finished in 42nd place over the 170km course that covers spectacular mountain terrain and crosses 3 countries with over 10,000 meters of elevation gain. Chung, in just his first attempt at the UTMB, was one of only a few Asians in the top 50 and one of the top Chinese finishers in the event’s history.

The end of 2016 now focuses back on Hong Kong where recently team member Tess did well to win the Moontrekker 30km title, while Stone took 2nd overall in the 42km distance. The event has now become Asia’s biggest and best night race and raises millions of dollars for charity. In the next 10 days, two more epic trail running races will close out the fall season, including Action Asia’s Skyrunning Championship and The North Face 50/100. Jay, Safrey, Stone and Chung will all be looking to end the year on a high note and hopefully add some more excitement to the team’s historic year.

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