When Challenge Vietnam debuted in 2016, it was awarded the best Inaugural Race, and it was unfortunate that the race was discontinued for 2 years. When it came back in 2019, not only it has doubled its participants, it has validated its previous award and for putting up a race that features a fantastic course–s swim course in one of the best and longest beach coastline in Vietnam, well-paved road and scenic coastal view for the bike course that has a mix of everything–short hills, false flats–pure flat sections, and an out and back run course that hugs the city’s coastline.
If there is a part of the course that you have to rave the best is the bike course—the 18km loop is 100% closed to traffic and you all have four spacious lanes all for participants. Coastal and skyline view awaits you as well as natural rock formations on the mountain side of the course.
As Nha Trang is one of the biggest tourist hubs in Vietnam with its fine beaches, tasty and affordable local cuisine and the numerous tourist attractions–the execution of the race is not the only star in this review. All race-related activities are all along the vicinity of 2-4 square, less than 1 km all in radius to all accomodation options—from budget to premium. 2-4 Square is where the transition, swim start and finish line are located so getting around is fairly easy, download the Grab app, and you have option to hitch ride a scooter, drive it yourself (cheaper but more adventurous) or a taxi.
Same with Laguna Phuket, the post-race party of Challenge Vietnam is top-notch and it features Nha Trang’s trendiest rooftop bar “Skylight”. Challenge Vietnam gets the award as the Best Race in Asia-Long Course category: well-organized race, great-looking and safe race course, cool destination host city in Nha Trang–with options for most athletes from budget racing to those who wants to reward themselves with premium accomodations–and the post-race party is icing on the cake!
See the course review here>> Challenge Vietnam Course Review
See the Best Photos here>>Top Photos from 2019 Challenge Vietnam
2020 Race Date: TBA. See their website here>> Challenge Vietnam