David Lloyd- Race Director
David first developed his love for the outdoors through white water kayaking and mountain running 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.
He shipped out to Vietnam five years ago and has been 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.
Asger Køppen – Race Director
Asger is from Denmark and despite his flat homeland he loves the mountains and has been a mountain guide for 13 years.
He began his sporting life as a road bike rider then moved into adventure racing which he has competed in for more than
His craziest adventure was at the age of 22 when he biked 9000km from Tanzania to Denmark on a $100 bike.
Another notable experience as a mountain guide was leading a group of eight unhealthy Danes and a television team 800km through the Pyrenees for a TV documentaty.
Asger is director of Topas Travel.
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, but he has been to Pu Luong many times in the past, including on all the research trips for this new run.
Chau – Event Coordinator
Chau 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 VMM event. Chau graduated from Hanoi University in Spanish Studies and has since been an integral part of our race series. Passionate about food, she is the person to ask where to get the best street food in Hanoi!
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.
Kien – Head of Runner Support
Kien is one of our key logistics people and ensures our races run smoothly.
Kien 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. He guides for Topas Travel 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.