MoonTrekker 2011

Photos are at: http://www.hikeinhongkong.com/Travel/Hiking/Moontrekker,%202011-10-21/

Another year and another night spent on Lantau Peak taking photos!

MoonTrekker is a very cool racing event held every year in Lantau. My job, as a volunteer, has been to go up to Lantau Peak at midnight and take photos until about 7am the next day morning.

The first time I did it, Lantau Peak was infested with rats. The second time I volunteered, it was freezing cold up there and the strong wind on Lantau Peak (970m) kept me very cold and awake! Yesterday, the conditions were a-okay. Lantau Peak could not have been more beautiful. One look skywards at 1am in the morning and I could see many, many stars and a crystal clear moon. And the 360 degree view of the horizon was equally beautiful but it was a “man-made” kind of beautiful. The lights of Lantau, the beautiful HK coastline, the lights from the Buddha kingdom in Ngong Ping and so on, it made volunteering well worth it!

And so did the racers! Fantastic crowd, excellent organization and plenty of laughs. Speaking of people, Ryan Blair finished #1. I reached Lantau Peak at close to 1am and even before I had time to put an extra layer of clothing on, Ryan zoomed past me. In fact, my flash was too slow for him. I clicked when I saw his face but by the time the camera executed, I could only get his back! I guess this is what you call “disappearing in a flash”.

Ryan before the race

Ryan disappearing in a flash!

Superhuman runners Albert Yung and Law Chor Kin weren’t too far behind either.

Albert Yung

Law Chor Kin

Every year, at close to 3.30am, a bunch of kids show up to watch the sunrise from Lantau Peak. And invariably, for many of these kids, it becomes a great first date as well. Yesterday was no exception. A relatively young couple seemed to be enjoying each other’s company much more than the beauty of Lantau Peak or the sunrise! In fact, one curious racer paid them a compliment before leaving the summit. “Nice place for a date, eh?” he said but didn’t get a response as they seemed to be a little too preoccupied with each other!

You ask me, I think the winner of the racer should be a guy called Murray. I will tell you why – Murray actually showed up close to two hours before the registrations began! He was FIRST to get there! And, at about 6.30am the next day morning when most of the racers had completed and I was getting all packed up and ready to leave the peak, I ran down to Ngong Ping and met Murray somewhere on the way down to Ngong Ping.

“Am I in the leading?” he asked. “How many people in front of me? 2-3 people?” he inquired.
I told him that he was the just 2 seconds behind the winner and wished him good luck!

A fit and raring to go Murray

The sunrise – it was picture perfect!

I ran down to Tung Chung at about 7.30am to catch some zzs!

Video of the start of the 40km race.

Video of the start of the 20km race.

Special thanks to event organizers and all participants.


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