Mary Hui

Mary Hui is a Hong Kong-based writer. Her work has appeared in the South China Morning Post, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and CityLab.
Mary Hui
Mary Hui is a Hong Kong-based writer. Her work has appeared in the South China Morning Post, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and CityLab.

Latest from Mary Hui

Trail Mix | How to deal with your first ‘DNF’ in trail running, and the liberation it brings, as Fredelyn Alberto puts health over finish

The Hong Kong-based runner was always afraid a Did Not Finish would mean she let her supporters down, but really it is about putting her body first

14 Aug 2019 - 2:53PM

The Hong Kong-based runner was always afraid a Did Not Finish would mean she let her supporters down, but really it is about putting her body first

How to deal with your first ‘DNF’ in trail running, and the liberation it brings, as Fredelyn Alberto puts health over finish
Trail Mix | How to dry your running shoes in Hong Kong’s humid season – don’t miss training just because it’s raining

Runners wanting to train multiple days in a row face the dilemma of having perpetually wet shoes – but here are a few tricks to try out

7 Aug 2019 - 3:34PM

Runners wanting to train multiple days in a row face the dilemma of having perpetually wet shoes – but here are a few tricks to try out

How to dry your running shoes in Hong Kong’s humid season – don’t miss training just because it’s raining
Trail Mix | Hong Kong runners join extradition bill protests with Lennon Wall Run, echoing umbrella ultra in 2014, as way to make voices heard

John Ellis and others find creative and non-violent way to protest against extradition bill and mainland encroachment by running

29 Jul 2019 - 11:09AM

John Ellis and others find creative and non-violent way to protest against extradition bill and mainland encroachment by running

Hong Kong runners join extradition bill protests with Lennon Wall Run, echoing umbrella ultra in 2014, as way to make voices heard
Trail Mix | Biodegradable energy gel packets are a new tool in trail runners’ quest for sustainability

Bioplastic energy gel packets are made from compostable material that disappears with rain and insects

19 Jul 2019 - 4:27PM

Bioplastic energy gel packets are made from compostable material that disappears with rain and insects

Biodegradable energy gel packets are a new tool in trail runners’ quest for sustainability
The Adventure Trail: Nancy Jiang sprints past tradition to achieve her childhood dream of crossing the finishing line

How a Chinese-born Kiwi trail running champion found a way to combine a busy career in engineering with a love of competitive running, and how initial resistance from her traditional Chinese family has changed

16 Jul 2019 - 8:18AM

How a Chinese-born Kiwi trail running champion found a way to combine a busy career in engineering with a love of competitive running, and how initial resistance from her traditional Chinese family has changed

The Adventure Trail: Nancy Jiang sprints past tradition to achieve her childhood dream of crossing the finishing line
Trail Mix | Asia bucks global trends in road running with a young market promising more growth

Participation in road running races in Asia has increased 169 per cent in the past five years, according to a new report

11 Jul 2019 - 9:22AM

Participation in road running races in Asia has increased 169 per cent in the past five years, according to a new report

Asia bucks global trends in road running with a young market promising more growth
Trail Mix | Why are there so few female sports coaches? Gender stereotypes and lack of role models fuel inequality

Most sportspeople, men or women, have progressed thier whole career without a single female coach, writes Mary Hui

4 Jul 2019 - 2:21PM

Most sportspeople, men or women, have progressed thier whole career without a single female coach, writes Mary Hui

Why are there so few female sports coaches? Gender stereotypes and lack of role models fuel inequality
The Adventure Trail: Talking social media purges, Asian cultural pressure and body image with Bobbi Poulton and Samantha Chan

Two of Hong Kong’s top female athletes, ultra runner Samantha Chan and crossfit trainer Bobbi Poulton talk about the pressure and pushback. Hear how Instagram has become a toxic influence upon the professionals in the crossfit industry as well as the young women getting involved in gyms and exercise

30 Jun 2019 - 1:54PM

Two of Hong Kong’s top female athletes, ultra runner Samantha Chan and crossfit trainer Bobbi Poulton talk about the pressure and pushback. Hear how Instagram has become a toxic influence upon the professionals in the crossfit industry as well as the young women getting involved in gyms and exercise

The Adventure Trail: Talking social media purges, Asian cultural pressure and body image with Bobbi Poulton and Samantha Chan
Trail Mix | Is Lion Rock the spirit animal of Hong Kong’s trail running community? Echoes of a self-sufficient, generous society within society

Lion Rock looks over the city and has acted as a metaphor for grit and determination for years

26 Jun 2019 - 11:51AM

Lion Rock looks over the city and has acted as a metaphor for grit and determination for years

Is Lion Rock the spirit animal of Hong Kong’s trail running community? Echoes of a self-sufficient, generous society within society
Trail Mix | What fruit best describes you as a trail runner – a slow-burning banana or an all-show, no go dragon fruit?

Are you at every race like the common apple or are you more obsessed with selfies like a pineapple?

19 Jun 2019 - 5:05PM

Are you at every race like the common apple or are you more obsessed with selfies like a pineapple?

What fruit best describes you as a trail runner – a slow-burning banana or an all-show, no go dragon fruit?
Why do people climb mountains? Adrian Hayes questions social media motivation against personal significance

Hayes climbs Everest and K2, but is forced to ask himself why he risks his life to ensure his goals are still internal

17 Jun 2019 - 6:10PM

Hayes climbs Everest and K2, but is forced to ask himself why he risks his life to ensure his goals are still internal

Why do people climb mountains? Adrian Hayes questions social media motivation against personal significance
Adventure Trail: Adrian Hayes talks big goals, the perils of scaling K2 and information overload

A self-described school dropout who defied the odds to achieve his dream of summiting Everest explains how his journey to climb Pakistan’s K2 helped him put his life priorities back into perspective.

14 Jun 2019 - 9:50AM

A self-described school dropout who defied the odds to achieve his dream of summiting Everest explains how his journey to climb Pakistan’s K2 helped him put his life priorities back into perspective.

Adventure Trail: Adrian Hayes talks big goals, the perils of scaling K2 and information overload
Trail Mix | Trail World Championships: Hong Kong duo put up a fight but can’t counter ‘aggressive’ tactics

Wong Ho-chung is surprised by the level of competition and faces difficulty of racing solo against countries with full teams

12 Jun 2019 - 1:58PM

Wong Ho-chung is surprised by the level of competition and faces difficulty of racing solo against countries with full teams

Trail World Championships: Hong Kong duo put up a fight but can’t counter ‘aggressive’ tactics
Trail Mix | How to run downhill on Hong Kong’s slippery slopes and wet stairs – Lean in and wear the right shoes, say pro trail runners

Marie McNaugton and Wong Ho-chung say that light feet are key to downhill success

10 Jun 2019 - 2:37PM

Marie McNaugton and Wong Ho-chung say that light feet are key to downhill success

How to run downhill on Hong Kong’s slippery slopes and wet stairs – Lean in and wear the right shoes, say pro trail runners
Trail World Championships: Leung Ying-suet loves life in the fast lane as she hits the road for Portugal

Hongkonger is excited about the short, fast course for this weekend’s 44km race in Portugal after last year’s 85km ultra.

4 Jun 2019 - 11:03PM

Hongkonger is excited about the short, fast course for this weekend’s 44km race in Portugal after last year’s 85km ultra.

Trail World Championships: Leung Ying-suet loves life in the fast lane as she hits the road for Portugal
The Adventure Trail: Leung Ying-suet talks trail running in Hong Kong and Portugal for her World Trail Championship mission

One of Hong Kong’s most accomplished trail runners talks of her preparations for the 2019 ITSA Trail World Championships, and how the climate and geography of her home have helped her build fitness and stamina.

31 May 2019 - 2:36PM

One of Hong Kong’s most accomplished trail runners talks of her preparations for the 2019 ITSA Trail World Championships, and how the climate and geography of her home have helped her build fitness and stamina.

The Adventure Trail: Leung Ying-suet talks trail running in Hong Kong and Portugal for her World Trail Championship mission
Trail Mix | Running along Hong Kong’s catchwaters, and seeing the city’s history

Hong Kong is home to around 120km of water drainage systems that are perfect for running.

29 May 2019 - 11:59AM

Hong Kong is home to around 120km of water drainage systems that are perfect for running.

Running along Hong Kong’s catchwaters, and seeing the city’s history
Trail Mix | How to run in Hong Kong’s hot summers – ice, topless running and more ice

Having ice is one thing, knowing how to use it is another, but luckily runners have invented clever ways to keep it pressed against your sweaty body.

22 May 2019 - 10:54AM

Having ice is one thing, knowing how to use it is another, but luckily runners have invented clever ways to keep it pressed against your sweaty body.

How to run in Hong Kong’s hot summers – ice, topless running and more ice
The Adventure Trail: Simon McCartney discusses ‘The Bond’ and his return to mountain climbing

Once a rockstar of mountain climbing in the 1970s, Simon McCartney discusses the emotional journey that lead him to write the cult classic book ‘The Bond’, and his decision to return to Alaska for a climbing expedition

17 May 2019 - 3:39PM

Once a rockstar of mountain climbing in the 1970s, Simon McCartney discusses the emotional journey that lead him to write the cult classic book ‘The Bond’, and his decision to return to Alaska for a climbing expedition

The Adventure Trail: Simon McCartney discusses ‘The Bond’ and his return to mountain climbing
Trail Mix | Is Hong Kong the best city in the world for run commuting, with sunsets and accessible trails?

Just back from the dense urban area, trails snake along the hills allowing workers to get their daily exercise on their way back and forth to the office.

15 May 2019 - 2:27PM

Just back from the dense urban area, trails snake along the hills allowing workers to get their daily exercise on their way back and forth to the office.

Is Hong Kong the best city in the world for run commuting, with sunsets and accessible trails?
The runner’s high and the artist’s flow find common ground in Jean de Dieu as she paints 100 smiles and runs 100 miles

Elsa Jean de Dieu does not need to think about what colours to use, or what brush strokes to cast when she is in the zone, much like when she is running

13 May 2019 - 3:05PM

Elsa Jean de Dieu does not need to think about what colours to use, or what brush strokes to cast when she is in the zone, much like when she is running

The runner’s high and the artist’s flow find common ground in Jean de Dieu as she paints 100 smiles and runs 100 miles
Trail Mix | What does it mean to be a ‘local’ runner and what connotation does the term carry – is it politically correct?

Hongkongers, expats, permanent residents, locals, local-locals and non-locals – are we left to fill in the gaps with our own preconceptions?

8 May 2019 - 1:33PM

Hongkongers, expats, permanent residents, locals, local-locals and non-locals – are we left to fill in the gaps with our own preconceptions?

What does it mean to be a ‘local’ runner and what connotation does the term carry – is it politically correct?
The Adventure Trail: Art and athleticism with trail-running muralist Elsa Jean De Dieu

A French mural artist who discovered a passion and spiritual connection on Hong Kong trails talks about her comeback from injury, and her love of trail running.

3 May 2019 - 1:39PM

A French mural artist who discovered a passion and spiritual connection on Hong Kong trails talks about her comeback from injury, and her love of trail running.

The Adventure Trail: Art and athleticism with trail-running muralist Elsa Jean De Dieu
Trail Mix | Highliners in Hong Kong find balance as they conquer fears on ‘Kate’ at Ap Lei Chau

Ricardo Iriarte believes Hong Kong could be paradise for a young sport called highlining, with buildings and cliffs as its playground

1 May 2019 - 1:02PM

Ricardo Iriarte believes Hong Kong could be paradise for a young sport called highlining, with buildings and cliffs as its playground

Highliners in Hong Kong find balance as they conquer fears on ‘Kate’ at Ap Lei Chau
Trail Mix | Big Boar’s Backyard Ultra: Will Hayward last man standing on Bowen Road after 25 hours with no finish line

Will Hayward outlasts 14 other competitors over Easter weekend, with runners having to complete a 6.7km loop, starting every hour, until only one person was still going.

24 Apr 2019 - 10:39AM

Will Hayward outlasts 14 other competitors over Easter weekend, with runners having to complete a 6.7km loop, starting every hour, until only one person was still going.

Big Boar’s Backyard Ultra: Will Hayward last man standing on Bowen Road after 25 hours with no finish line
Trail Mix | Big Boar’s Backyard Ultra brings the race with no end to Hong Kong and a golden ticket for the winner to take on the US original

Runners complete a 6.7km loop every hour for as long as they can keep moving and the last person standing wins

18 Apr 2019 - 10:18AM

Runners complete a 6.7km loop every hour for as long as they can keep moving and the last person standing wins

Big Boar’s Backyard Ultra brings the race with no end to Hong Kong and a golden ticket for the winner to take on the US original
Trail Mix | Hong Kong’s trails are disappearing, but whose responsibility is it to name and maintain them?

If trails are ‘unnamed’ then they can disappear into oblivion as no one is designated to ensure they are maintained

10 Apr 2019 - 3:27PM

If trails are ‘unnamed’ then they can disappear into oblivion as no one is designated to ensure they are maintained

Hong Kong’s trails are disappearing, but whose responsibility is it to name and maintain them?
Adventure Trail: Fredelyn Alberto talks freedom, trail running and Filipino helpers

From her very first running event to becoming one of Hong Kong’s top trail runners, hear what inspires this remarkable woman to run further and faster.

4 Apr 2019 - 6:07PM

From her very first running event to becoming one of Hong Kong’s top trail runners, hear what inspires this remarkable woman to run further and faster.

Adventure Trail: Fredelyn Alberto talks freedom, trail running and Filipino helpers
Trail Mix | Barkley Marathons: no finishers again in race ‘that eats its young’, but lessons in prioritising fun from former winner John Kelly

No one reaches the end of the famous 100-miler in Tennessee, which was based on the escape route of Martin Luther King’s assassin

3 Apr 2019 - 4:53PM

No one reaches the end of the famous 100-miler in Tennessee, which was based on the escape route of Martin Luther King’s assassin

Barkley Marathons: no finishers again in race ‘that eats its young’, but lessons in prioritising fun from former winner John Kelly
Trail Mix | ‘Those mountains call out to me’: Filipino trail runner aims for 75km and 44km back-to-back races
  • Domestic helper grabs every opportunity to run and will compete in The Green Race @ Tai Po this weekend
28 Mar 2019 - 11:37AM
  • Domestic helper grabs every opportunity to run and will compete in The Green Race @ Tai Po this weekend
‘Those mountains call out to me’: Filipino trail runner aims for 75km and 44km back-to-back races