Press release

Press release

Hong Kong Island Coastal Trail Challenge 2022-23 – Opening Ceremony Press Release


Hong Kong Island Coastal Trail Challenge 2022-23 – Opening Ceremony Press Release


The Hong Kong Island Coastal Trail Challenge (‘The Challenge’ for short) is back for its third edition! The charity event, co-organised by three local NGOs—Designing Hong Kong, iDiscover and Parks & Trails—and powered by TrailWatch, invites everyone to join either the Racing event or the Leisure event to hike or run (parts of) the 65-km-long Coastal Trail loop around Hong Kong Island from December 1, 2022, to January 31, 2023


Opening Ceremony

The event kicked off on December 3 with an opening ceremony at Museum Café 8. 

“We are delighted that the Hong Kong Island Coastal Trail has made it into the Policy Address this year,” thus Paul Zimmerman, CEO of Designing Hong Kong. “We trust that with the Government’s input, we can improve the trail and fix any missing links as soon as possible. The Hong Kong Island Coastal Trail connects the many assets of our city from urban to natural shores—and everyone, young and old, can enjoy it.”

“The Hong Kong Maritime Museum focuses on the maritime history and heritage of Hong Kong in coastal, regional, and global waters,” Prof. Joost Schokkenbroek, Museum Director of the Hong Kong Maritime Museum, stated at the opening event. “Hence, as an important educational institution on the trail, we happily support this fabulous initiative and hope to attract many people to participate and enjoy the beauty of our habitat,” he continued. 


Hong Kong Coastal Trail Challenge 2022-23 Event Ambassador John Hui added, “The Event is a unique combination of getting to challenge yourself and having fun, as well as community exploration of Hong Kong Island. I’m excited to be a part of this, and I encourage everyone to sign up with me!”


Connecting well-known routes, small paths and lost tracks, the Coastal Trail is a fascinating journey around Hong Kong Island’s coastline. The 65-km-long trail is divided into 8 stages, from easy to moderate in difficulty and from steep, remote mountain climbs to flat urban harbourside walks. The Challenge aims to promote urban walkability, access to nature and heritage, healthy, sustainable living and responsible travel. It also seeks to enable the community to become cultural and environmental ambassadors.



Leisure Event

Participants are invited to explore any, several, or all eight stages of the Coastal Trail in their own time and at their own pace while completing a fun Scavenger Hunt. Categories are Solo, Family, Friends, an Accessible Team (reduced mobility) or a Student Group.


Racing Event

Participants can sign up for the following 3 distance options: 65km Coastal Run One Go, 15km Harbourfront Run, or the 25km Hill Run. Categories are Solo, Pair, Team of 4 or Corporate team of 4.


Weekly Photo Contest

A Weekly Photo Contest will be hosted with a different theme each week and the first one Fluidity starts on December 3. Individual prizes will be awarded for the most captivating Instagram/Facebook photos that match the weekly themes. 

The Challenge also hosts a weekly themed Photo Contest on social media. Participants are encouraged to share their best Coastal Trail shots inspired by the theme on Instagram and Facebook for a chance to win prizes. 



Over $200,000 worth of prizes and more will be presented in our closing ceremony, including a weekend getaway at design Hotel EAST, tickets to Water World Ocean Park, KIBO sneakers, Hong Kong-themed gifts from TinyIsland and The Lion Rock Press, running gear from Decathlon, T8, Gone Running, RC Outfitters and Streamline Sports, and dinner at PizzaExpress.



35 pit stops are selected for participants to refuel on the way. Participants can check in at our partner locations to enjoy a discounted drink or snack. 

For more information, please visit or follow our official social media accounts (Instagram | Facebook | LinkedIn)




For further media inquiries, please contact Loes van Iperen, iDiscover (English)

Organised by

Parks & Trails | | @parksandtrailshk

iDiscover | | @idiscoverapp

Designing Hong Kong | | @designinghongkong

& Powered by 

TrailWatch | | @trailwatch

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