My Most Memorable Sunrise Run (to date)

My Most Memorable Sunrise Run (to date)

My first 10 KM run after a long break of 20 years took place in Da Nang, Vietnam ! Yes, you didn’t read it wrongly. It has been that long.
I run occasionally in my neighbourhood or with Mabel sometimes when we feel we are getting heavier. I don’t usually take part in running events in Singapore. We have dozens of runs here each year but the routes are always the same. It’s just getting bored and crowded. So I gamely signed up for an overseas run as I want to experience how it is like to take part in running overseas.
The trip to Da Nang Marathon was a whirlwind one but we still managed to do some sightseeing since this was the first time we were there. We flew in on Friday and headed straight to the marathon venue (which was just across our hotel) to pick up our goodie bag. It was summer in Vietnam and we didn’t stay out long despite the powdery white sandy beach and ocean blue sea is alluring.

Da Nang, a coastal city in central Vietnam and has a history as a French colonial port. It’s well known long stretches of beaches and tall buildings running parallel to the coastline reminds me of Gold Coast in Australia. We had a full day to explore Da Nang so that morning, we visited Han Market – the most important trading point of Da Nang City. Named after the Han River, the market started operation in 1940s and was rebuilt in the late 1980s. The market is famous and a one stop place for goods such as fabric, clothes, footwear, fresh fruits and flowers. I also had a bowl of delicious beef pho here. It is a place you should not miss.

We took the afternoon to visit Hoi An since we are already in Central Vietnam. Hoi An, a well preserved trading port town dating back to 15th century. Enroute, we make a stop to hike Marble Mountain. The view overlooking the city and My Khe Beach, and the limestone caves are our rewards at the top of the climb. The fascinating view of Hoi An as the night fall is a sight to behold. Rows and rows of street in this UNESCO listed town are lit up with colourful lanterns. We couldn’t stop taking pictures.

The marathon commenced at 4.00 AM on Sunday morning with the first flag off for the full marathon then followed by half marathon with the largest number of runners. We had a natural wake up call at 3.30 am as the music blasted off across our hotel which is also the start and end locations. As we waited in the starting pen for 10 KM flag off, I could see dawn awakening and the sky started to break into hue of colours.   

As I ran along the beach, the sunrise is so captivating that I couldn’t concentrate on my run to be honest !  I made stops so many times to take pictures. This is one of the most beautiful sunrise I ever seen from the beach.

By 6.00 AM, the sun had risen and we could feel the summer heat on us. Although I am already tired by now, I quicken my pace to finish the run.

Crossing the finishing line is always an achievement. I love that moment of satisfaction and am happy when holding that medal. It is like a report card filled with A !

By 6.30 AM, we were already at the breakfast table in our hotel tucking in happily to celebration completion of our run while continuing to admire the beach view from the breakfast room.

I enjoyed the run thoroughly even I struggled after 6 KM because the weather was getting warmer and my legs became tried (remember first 10 KM run after 20 years) then. But I love the journey as I took in the beautiful sights while I was running and immersed myself in the Vietnamese run culture. And I would have never see such beautiful sunrise if I was in Da Nang on a normal sightseeing holiday.

So where will I be running & holidaying next ? Hmm ... ...


If you would like to take part in the Da Nang Marathon and experience the magical sunrise, the run will take place on 12 August 2018. The registration is still open and you can sign up with us here >>>

Posted on 06 Jul 2018 0 564
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