Ha Thi Hau, 35, made history as the first Vietnamese female to claim victory in her category at the trail race, surpassing the previous event record with a time of 17 hours, 29 minutes, and 32 seconds.

Prior to her trail racing career, Hau worked as a tour guide in Vietnam’s northern province of Lao Cai. Her journey into trail running began five years ago, and her recent achievement has inspired many Vietnamese spectators, as she proudly held a traditional conical hat as she crossed the finish line.

In 2023, Hau demonstrated her exceptional endurance once more by winning the 100-kilometer distance at the Doi Inthanon Thailand by UTMB event. The same year, she participated in the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, one of the world’s most challenging and prestigious foot races held in France. Despite it being her first time at this event, she secured an impressive fourth-place finish in the 100-kilometer distance, becoming the first Vietnamese woman to attain such a high ranking.

Hau’s ambitions for this year remain lofty, as she sets her sights on returning to France with the goal of claiming the top spot at the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc. Her determination and past achievements serve as a testament to her unwavering pursuit of excellence in the world of endurance sports.

Ha Thi Hau (seated) takes a well-deserved rest during the trail race in Thailand. Photo: Facebook profile of Ha Thi Hau

The men’s 100-kilometer distance at the Amazean Jungle Thailand this year witnessed the triumph of Disi Liang from China, who completed the course in an impressive time of 15 hours, 39 minutes, and nine seconds.