Two runners bound down a trail in Bukhansan National Park, Seoul, South Korea, part of the 40km Five Peaks trail running race that’s one of the hardest in the country. Photo: Matthew Crawford.
Two runners bound down a trail in Bukhansan National Park, Seoul, South Korea, part of the 40km Five Peaks trail running race that’s one of the hardest in the country. Photo: Matthew Crawford.
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South Korea’s 40km trail running race across Seoul’s highest mountains is a journey of exquisite peaks, parks and pain

  • The horseshoe-shaped Five Peaks route, the most punishing race in city, passes along popular hiking routes and the magnificently rocky Bukhansan National Park
  • Pine forests and temples give way to new apartment complexes and back to fortresses and pavilions as runners are gifted an ever-shifting scenic backdrop