Kalaw Trail Run started as a tourism development initiative and was kicked off as a pilot event on March 26/27 2016, starting and finishing at Kalaw railway station. On the Saturday, 53 runners participated and the next day the proposed 10km route was also tested while being touted as a 'recovery run'
With the success of that event, a second, larger race event was organised for early November of the same year. Around 120 runners joined, and the event was a great triumph due to the wonderfully varied trail types over the 12km and 20km routes, combined with the cool Kalaw climate and great help from the local volunteers. Winding up the green hillsides, over into the next valley, through villages and eventually a beautiful pine forest, finishing with a steep rocky descent back down into Kalaw, the half-marathon route is a thing of beauty. The scenic 12km route is in itself perfect for aspiring trail runners or for hikers looking for an unforgettable challenge.
Kalaw Trail Run was back on December 10th. 2017, slightly later than in 2016, to give the trails a little more time to dry out after the long monsoon season. Over 300 participants made it the biggest event so far and a huge success. See the gallery so you can gauge for yourself from the runners faces. 2019 saw Myanmars very first ultra marathin with the introduction of the 51km Kalaw Trail Ultra Run.
The event continues to grow in 2020 with the 51km now Myanmar’s first certificated race by the International Trail Run Association (ITRA).