A Hong Kong man named Hyun Chang Chung lately accomplished a run on Sri Lanka’s 300K Pekoe Path. Divided into 22 levels, the Pekoe Path is supposed to be accomplished in as many days, however Chung ran it about 10 occasions quicker, ending the route in simply 58 hours. He determined to tackle the 300K problem to advertise the path, which was solely opened lately, as reported by the South China Morning Put up (SCMP) in Hong Kong.
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The Pekoe Path
The 22 particular person sections of the Pekoe Path are usually not new, however the means of connecting them and turning them into one large trek has solely been underway for 10 years. Miguel Cunat, a Spanish buddy of Chung’s who lives in Sri Lanka, spent the final decade designing the route and implementing the adjustments wanted to create the Pekoe Path.
In accordance with the SCMP, Cunat’s inspiration for the path was the Camino de Santiago, an 800K path by means of Spain that takes most hikers greater than a month to finish. The Pekoe Path connects tea plantations throughout Sri Lanka, and just like the Camino, it was designed so hikers can cease in numerous villages after every stage.
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Cunat didn’t count on anybody to run the Pekoe Path in a single shot, however when he informed Chung concerning the venture, that’s the very first thing that got here to thoughts. Chung is a seasoned ultrarunner (he has run the Hardrock 100, the TransLantau by UTMB in Hong Kong and plenty of different ultras), and he thought a continuous run alongside the Pekoe Path can be the proper method to christen and put it on the market.
“Miguel initially thought I used to be joking,” Chung informed the SCMP. “It’s mind-blowing for somebody who has nothing to do with the path group. If any person comes and also you hear them saying they’ll do 300K, you’ll assume they’re loopy. If you’re a path runner, you’ll nonetheless assume it’s loopy, but additionally it’s nothing new.”
Chung stated the opening 100K have been simple sufficient, and at that time, he figured he might full the path in below 48 hours. In fact, any ultrarunner is aware of it’s tough to forecast the ultimate levels of a race, and Chung slowly pale, ultimately ending in 58 hours. After the run, he raved concerning the path to the SCMP, noting that its views and panorama have been “much more superb than [he] anticipated.”