The UTMF course was a loop around Mount Fuji, seen here at dusk at Ryugatake (1,485m) about 26km into the 100-mile race. Photo: Jeanette Wang The UTMF course was a loop around Mount Fuji, seen here at dusk at Ryugatake (1,485m) about 26km into the 100-mile race. Photo: Jeanette Wang
The UTMF course was a loop around Mount Fuji, seen here at dusk at Ryugatake (1,485m) about 26km into the 100-mile race. Photo: Jeanette Wang
Jeanette Wang
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Trail Tales by Jeanette Wang

What running 100 miles taught me

On Friday, April 26, more than 1,000 people were flagged off from Yagasaki-Kouen, Lake Kawaguchi for a 161km loop in the Ultra Trail Mount Fuji race. My first attempt at the distance, I survived to tell the tale...

The UTMF course was a loop around Mount Fuji, seen here at dusk at Ryugatake (1,485m) about 26km into the 100-mile race. Photo: Jeanette Wang The UTMF course was a loop around Mount Fuji, seen here at dusk at Ryugatake (1,485m) about 26km into the 100-mile race. Photo: Jeanette Wang
The UTMF course was a loop around Mount Fuji, seen here at dusk at Ryugatake (1,485m) about 26km into the 100-mile race. Photo: Jeanette Wang
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Jeanette Wang

Jeanette Wang

SCMP health editor Jeanette Wang discovered the joy of trail running in 2011, when she moved from ultra-urbanised Singapore to the country park haven of Hong Kong. She's since neglected road running and triathlons in favour of the trails, and participates regularly in local races. Why? Because, as, John Muir said: “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity..."