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Valentine’s on the trails: upcoming Valentine’s day race

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The Trail Hub owners Jeremy and Valerie Lagarde discuss their upcoming Valentine’s race with Katrina Mercado.

Are you tired of celebrating the day of love with fancy dinner dates, out-of-town trips and romantic spa days? If you’re after something new and different to do with your partner, The Trail Hub might have just what you’re looking for.

Jeremy and Valerie Lagarde set up The Trail Hub one year ago in order to provide an avenue for Lantauers to run and enjoy the beautiful trails of the island. “We are both avid racers. I have been doing this for 16 years and have been running ultra-distances – any footrace longer than the traditional marathon length of 42 kilometres – for 11 years now,” Jeremy opens. Valerie has been running competitively for nine years.

Coming up on February 9, The Trail Hub Valentine’s Day Race is a fun team event to be run with a spouse, partner, friend or relative. “Participants have a choice between a challenging ‘Tough Love’ 14-kilometre loop with a number of hills to climb, or a simpler ‘Easy Love’ 9-kilometre loop, which is manageable with minimal training.

“Go for it! The benefits [of running] sit with you for the rest of your life. It isn’t nearly as hard as you might imagine,” Jeremy advises.

The run starts and finishes on Pui O Beach, and Jeremy and Valerie are expecting at least 400 people to compete this year.

“The Valentine’s race was the first running event we organised in 2013, back when we were the owners of Lantau Base Camp,” Jeremy says. “We set up numerous runs throughout 2013 and 2014 before moving to Canada in mid-2014. Since we returned to Hong Kong in 2015, we’ve been eager to get back into the racing scene. The Lantau Vertical, last December, was actually our first race since we’ve been back and we have so much more in store!”

The Trail Hub is organising the Fast28, Fast50 and Fast100 across the New Territories from February 15 to 17, and in March it’s bringing Stairmaster into its seventh year. Lantau Stairmaster, on March 16, starts in Nam Shan and sees participants go up and over Sunset and Lantau peaks twice.

“Come join us at The Trail Hub,” Jeremy concludes. “We are sure we have an event that will pique your interest and feed your adventurous soul.”

Contact The Trail Hub at www.thetrailhub.com


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