alice ko's running story
Trail runner from Decathlon Marketing
In addition to offering an extensive range of sports products, Decathlon prides itself on employing a team of passionate athletes to support you on your sports journey. The 5 members of our running team all work in different positions and have their own unique stories to tell.
26 years old
Sports: Trail running, road running
Like many other local trail runners, Alice’s passion for trail running started with her participation in Oxfam Trailwalker. In recent years, she has taken part in numerous races in Hong Kong and overseas, including long-distance 100 km events: “I love running because it allows me to connect with nature – although my training sessions are quite long, I actually enjoy being able to spend more time in the countryside. I also love the feeling of challenging myself.”
Alice says that her most memorable race was the 2016 HK100 Ultra Trail Race. “The weather was really cold – it was hailing, and it took me 6 hours to finish the Tai Mo Shan section, even though it was only a few kilometres. Thankfully, I managed to make it to the finish line. In addition to teaching me the importance of perseverance, participating in so many races has made me realise that you might not get the time you want, even with the best of planning, because there are so many variables and unforeseeable difficulties. You just have to try and find a solution – just like how we overcome challenges in life.
Trail running skirt
Developed specially for training and races in hot conditions, this running skirt features 4 zip pockets with plenty of storage space.
“I often wear this skirt when I’m training, because it has lots of pockets for storing my phone, keys, ID card and other personal belongings. It’s also great for short-distance training, because I don’t need to carry a backpack. The breathable design helps to keep you cool on hot summer days.”
Alice joined Decathlon 3 and a half years ago as a Running Sport Leader. She now works as a Communication Specialist in the Marketing team. Over the years, she has witnessed the rapid development of trail running in Hong Kong. The launch of new and affordable gear has allowed more runners to try out trail running for the first time. “Beginners need affordable and good quality products, and this is exactly what Decathlon offers – our products encourage people to take up a new sport. What’s more, I know that all of our products are designed with user’s needs in mind.
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WOMEN'S TRAIL RUNNING SL T-SHIRT - BLUE
This loose-fitting, technical T-shirt is made from a breathable fabric and is suitable for short and long-distance training and races. The main fabric and round neckline are specially designed to prevent backpack chafing, while the non-slip pads on the shoulders help to hold your trail backpack in place. The T-shirt also features mesh panels that are strategically placed at high-perspiration areas to wick away perspiration. Thanks to the minimal seams and panels, the T-shirt has an ultra-lightweight design.
Credits: Runner's World HK