The Amazean Jungle Thailand by UTMB is a collection of UTMB World Series trail races held on a high humidity, rainforest jungle trail on the Thai-Malaysian border.
The race is the second UTMB World Series race in Thailand, in addition to the Doi Inthanon Thailand by UTMB, and will be held on February 16-19 with five different distances on offer.
Whilst there have been editions of the race in the past, with the Betong100 in 2022 a UTMB Index Race, this year will mark the first time the event has been part of the UTMB World Series.
Date, start time and live tracking
The 2023 edition of the Amazean Jungle Thailand by UTMB is set to take place on February 16-19, with the event the second race of the year on the UTMB World Series calendar.
The Betong 160 will start on Friday, February 17th at 10:00am local time, with the Betong 100 starting on Saturday, February 18th at 05:00am and the Betong 50 starting at 06:00am. On Sunday, February 19th, the Betong 25 will start at 06:00am with the Betong 10 starting at 08:00am.
Live tracking of the 160, 100 and 50 races is available on the UTMB website here.
Amazean Jungle Thailand by UTMB route
The Amazean Jungle Thailand by UTMB has five races: the Betong 160, Betong 100, Betong 50, Betong 25 and Betong 10.
The Betong 160 is over 165.7km, with 8911m of elevation gain and a 48-hour time limit. The race is a cross-border event, taking in the scenic points of Gunung Silipat, Jaroh Ganga, Kapae Hulu and Kuan Toh Ni. There are 14 aid stations along the route and the race begins at the Betong Mongkhonrit Tunnel, finishing at the Betong Clock Tower.
The Betong 100 is over 98.3km, with 5779m of elevation gain and a maximum time allocation of thirty hours. Competitors again start at the Betong Mongkhonrit Tunnel and finish at the Betong Clock Tower, taking in the scenic Jaroh Ganga and Kapae Hulu on their way.
The Betong 50 follows a very similar route to the Betong 100, starting and finishing at the Betong Mongkhonrit Tunnel and finish at the Betong Clock Tower, whilst again taking in the scenic Jaroh Ganga and Kapae Hulu on their way. The race is over 53.9km, with 2108m of elevation gain and a 14 hour cut off time.
The two shorter events, the Betong 25 and the Betong 10, are over 27.9km/1208m and 15.8km/470m respectively, with cut off times of 8 hours and 5 hours. Both races take in the beautiful sky and sea of mist at the Jaroh Ganga viewpoint as the competitors are cheered on by the local Paekortor Community.
Facts, Tips and FAQ
All five Amazean Jungle Thailand by UTMB races offer running stones. The Betong 160 offers four stones, the Betong 100 offers three stones, the Betong 50 offers two stones and the Betong 25 and Betong 10 offers one stone.
These running stones can be used to enter the lottery for entry to the UTMB World Series Finals at the Ultra Trail du Mont-Blanc.
How to enter Amazean Jungle Thailand by UTMB
Registration to the Amazean Jungle Thailand by UTMB is more on the relaxed side in comparison with other events in the UTMB World Series. Any athlete born before 2003 can enter any of the Amazean Jungle Thailand by UTMB events, whilst any athlete born before 2010 can enter the Betong 10.
For elite athletes, there are entry slots reserved if they meet the criteria set out by the race organisers based on their UTMB Index. There is free entry for any athletes who are ranked in the top three in their country or for men with a 50km UTMB Index of 850, 100km UTMB Index of 820 or 100 mile UTMB Index of 800.
For women, there is free entry for athletes with a 50km UTMB Index of 710, 100km UTMB Index of 690 or 100 mile UTMB Index of 650. Additionally, there is a special support programme for the 2023 edition for women with a UTMB Index of 560 and men with a UTMB Index of 720.
For more information on entering, click here.
Amazean Jungle Thailand by UTMB Kit List
The following list is the mandatory kit list for the Betong 160:
- Mobile Phone.
- Personal Beaker 150ml minimum.
- Stock of water 1 litre minimum.
- Two headlamps and one battery.
- Emergency Blanket.
- Self-adhesive elasticated bandage.
- Food reserve.
- A windproof jacket with hood with durable water-repellent protection or raincoat.
- Race leggings.
- Cap or Buff.
- Warm top with long sleeves.
- Warm gloves.
- Copy of passport.
- First aid kits.
- LED/Reflective band.
- Reusable Bowl/Spork.