Entries for The Beauty and The Beast 2019 will open when we have permission to hold the races.
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To keep the friendly, intimate atmosphere of the race, runners will be limited to 200 for The Beauty and 150 for The Beast.
Please see 'Getting To The TU'
There are lots of options, including - camping, dormitories, beautiful teak bungalows, luxury lodge accommodation. There are places to stay in Ban Tham (RaceHQ), and also in the very small local Shan hill tribe town of Soppong (8km form Ban Tham). You can see a full list of options here
Yes! ... The course is technical in parts, both up and down, the climbs are brutal, you will have wet feet for nearly all the race, and if you're not used to it, the heat can be exhausting. But, the race has a 90% + finish rate. So, yes you can finish it, and you will feel great when you cross the finish line 🙂
The course for The Beauty will be the same. We are planning on changing the 2nd lap of The Beast, so runners get to see more of this beautiful part of Thailand. Also, we are enhancing many aspects of the TU to ensure the race remains totally unique and charming.
Very ... but train hard and you might finish ... 😉
Accommodation in the area is limited, so having the races on separate weekends means more people can enjoy the TU, without overrunning the villages.
This is a very small, very friendly series of races held over 2 weekends. The course is absolutely stunning, running through traditional hill tribe villages, through beautiful jungle, past huge limestone cliffs, and through two wildlife sanctuaries. All in a very remote part of north west Thailand. Our aim is to meet all the runners, and make new friends. We have an amazing team of volunteers and hill tribe workers who will make this one of the most amazing runs you will ever do. Almost all our race day safety crew, checkpoint crew and sweepers are local hill tribers. We also aim to help the local schools and disabled kids by collecting donations for the TU Village Fund
We don't want to be a race that attracts runners who just pass through the area. We want to do something positive in the area. So we have volunteers who hold activity days for the kids in 5 local schools, we collect donations from runners to help local disabled kids, and distribute any food or other donations that runners bring with them. In 2016, we raised almost GBP 2000! If you want to help out, there is always something to do. 🙂
Some of the world's top ultrarunners have won The Beast. In 2014 (74km course), the winners were Clare Gallagher and Salvador Calvo Redondo. In 2016 the men's winner was Timothy Olson (11hr 37 min), but no women finished the race. Click here for full results