2024 Empower Challenge
How to join
Join the Empower Challenge to challenge yourself and empower women from disadvantaged backgrounds. This year’s course is on Hong Kong’s unofficial 5th long trail, the Tinworth Trail!
We are partnering with Racery for our virtual challenge. Exercise anywhere you want, then log the activity and see your avatar move across the route.
The 2024 Empower Challenge will run from 1-31 January. You can take part as an individual, or form a team of up to 40 people and take on the challenge together!
The entry donation for the Challenge is US$38 (for either distance). Simply choose your distance, register with Racery using the link below, and start logging your activities.
As well as running, you can log a huge range of activities including swimming, cycling and yoga – Racery’s system converts effort to running distance.
The entry donation (less an online race platform fee of US$10.70 per registration and credit card fees) will go to support Exchange and Empower. It is possible to top up your donation by making an additional contribution. Then, once you’ve signed up, you can ask friends and family for support with a personal fundraising link.
All additional contributions (less credit card fees) will go to support the Exchange and Empower program, so please give generously!
Finally, don’t forget to join our Facebook group for regular updates, and share your bib and photos with our participants from around the world!
37 KM Route
92 KM Route
The Tinworth Trail is an unofficial trail developed to commemorate Nic Tinworth, a long time Hong Kong resident and a central figure in the development of trail running in Hong Kong.
The Empower Challenge 37 km route is the second half of the Tinworth Trail and takes place on Lantau Island. You will begin from Sunny Bay where you will travel along a lesser known ridge, passing above Discovery Bay, then climb up the Tiger’s Head (Lo Fu Tau) before descending down to Pak Mong Village. From Pak Mong, you will take a steep ascent up towards Sunset Peak before heading back down to sea level via the Wong Lung Hang Country Trail. The last part of the challenge follows the Tung O Ancient trail ending in Tai O, famous for its traditional houses built on stilts over water.
The 92 km Empower Challenge route covers the entire length of the Tinworth Trail as it traverses the New Territories and Lantau Island. The adventure begins at Sha Tau Kok at the northeast boundary with the Chinese Mainland, passing Robin’s Nest and Hok Tau, before arriving at Fanling. You will then ascend Tai To Yan, enjoying spectacular views along this stunning ridge, followed by Hong Kong’s highest peak, Tai Mo Shan.
Your challenge continues onward via the Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail, continuing down to Sham Tseng and the famous Chan Kee Garden Roasted Goose restaurant. The New Territories portion of the trail ends here and you will then continue onward in Lantau, joining up with the 37 km Empower Challenge participants, traveling from Sunny Bay past Discovery Bay, Pak Mong and Tung Chung, before finally following the Tung O Ancient trail to the finish in Tai O, famous for its traditional houses built on stilts over water.
The total journey is 99 km including a short commute by bus and train between the New Territories and Lantau, but our virtual challenge will cover the 92 km of trail only.
With the funds you helped us to raise in 2023, we sent three Nepal Exchange and Empower Training and Education Scholarship graduates on overseas exchanges, including Anita Rai who raced at UTMB CCC in Switzerland, and Padam Kumari Sunuwar and Sabina Rai who raced at Translantau in Hong Kong. Padam and Sabina also spent an extra week in Hong Kong, experiencing big city life and taking advantage of work shadowing opportunities.
Through the Opportunity Grant Program, we supported two livelihood opportunities for our graduates in Nepal. We funded a position at the Mira Rai Initiative for Anita Rai to offer free weekly community runs to the public in Kathmandu to promote health and wellness. In collaboration with Pokhara based charity Right4Children, we supported Nitu Tamang to take up a coaching position at Right4Children’s Right2Run program for children in primary and secondary school. Nitu has blossomed in the position and is inspiring a new generation of youngsters.
We also started to offer Opportunity Grants in Hong Kong, and so far have supported seven athletes from the foreign domestic worker community. The grantees have already been putting the funds to good use, purchasing trail equipment and entering trail races, contributing to their physical and mental wellbeing.
In 2024, we will continue to support programs in Nepal and also grow expand our project in Hong Kong. We can’t wait for the year to begin!
The Exchange & Empower program may be a small step, but we hope it will help to change the lives of the women involved, and hopefully inspire a new generation of women to follow their dreams.