David Lloyd – Race Director

David is the founder of VJM. He moved out to Vietnam five years ago and was part of VMM from the beginning. He now works as Director of Sport for Topas Travel, the organiser of Vietnam Mountain Marathon. Before this David was a travel journalist and photographer. He has written for the New York Times and authored numerous guidebooks, including the latest Insight Guide to Vietnam. David lives in Hanoi with his wife and daughter.

He first developed his love for the outdoors through mountain running and white water kayaking in North Wales. Countless hours in the Welsh hills culminated in a solo completion of the Paddy Buckley Round – a 100km unmarked circuit of 47 peaks with around 8,500m elevation.

Thien – Head of Trails

Thien has been our head of trails at VMM since the beginning back in 2013. He has vast experience in managing the marking of trails from 10km to 100km in length. Thien will be on the ground for this race making sure everything runs smoothly for the adventurous runners. Thien lives in Sapa with his family, but he has been to Pu Luong many times in the past, including on all the research trips for this new run.

Ngot – Event Coordinator

Ngot works as Sport Executive at Topas Travel. She is the Event Coordinator on the VMM races and the first point of contact for everyone who joins a VJM/VMM event. Ngot graduated from Hanoi University in International Studies and has since been an integral part of our race series.

Phu – Head of Ceremonies

The original VMM has become well known for the excellent start and finish areas as well as the great final ceremony on Sunday. Phu is the man behind the logistics of all this and he is an invaluable part of our team creating VJM in Pu Luong.  

Kien – Head of Ban Hang

Kien is one of our key logistics people and ensures our races run smoothly. He comes from a rural area in the north of Vietnam. He graduated in English at Hanoi University and has been working for Topas since 2008. Recently promoted to Product Manager, in the past Kien has guided all over Vietnam on adventure tours of up to two weeks in length. Kien also undertakes inspections, finding new and exciting routes for adventurous trekkers. Alongside all this he is involved in setting up our trail running camps.