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 ATG Vert Challenge Ambassadors?

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Nia (Hong Kong)

1) Why did you Join Asia Trail Girls (ATG)?
From the moment I started reading about ATG, I wanted to support Veronika and her initiative. I love the idea of helping other women and young girls find joy and confidence through trail running, as well as work on building a community that supports, shares knowledge and empowers each other. 

2) What do you think of the latest challenge organised by ATG?
I think this challenge is incredibly accessible to all levels and regardless of restrictions in the countries we are in. For example, if you want to hike or climb stairs in your home rather than run, it can be recorded. Also, you have 2 weeks to complete the challenge, so it will help those who work or have to balance time with their families. I love the fact that it is a team event, as it can be hard to motivate oneself, and that there needs to be a minimum of two women per team - this will indeed encourage more women to get involved. 

3) How do you think ATG can help to encourage and support local trail runners? 

I believe that creating events or writing articles in the local language can help build that bridge to supporting local trail runners. In addition, finding local trail runners who can become ambassadors for ATG will also be beneficial. 

4) How do you think you can help ATG to promote and meet its objectives in your local trail running scene?

I am very happy to help build the ATG brand by leading local runs, helping with future events and workshops, as well as sharing my experience of ATG with other women in my community. Through social media, I can also help by writing articles that will be of interest to other women and tag ATG where appropriate in posts that I create. 

 

 

Veronika (Hong Kong)

1) Why did you Join Asia Trail Girls (ATG)?
I started Asia Trail Girls because there is lack of female encouragement and empowerment in trail running. Female trail runners are under-represented and it is important to change that. And what better way to support other women than by encouraging each another? Women are so strong and can do so many amazing things. I want them to experience the amazing feeling that trail running gives to me. It helps us women to get stronger physically, mentally, emotionally and it is a perfect confidence booster.

2) What do you think of the latest challenge organised by ATG?
It's a great challenge for all trail runners as it helps to build uphill running skills and endurance. There is no limit to what the elevation needs to be in the end of the challenge so it's a perfect opportunity for less experienced runners who just want to try and do their best. At the same time it's also a great challenge for more advanced runners as they will have a chance to compete against other runners across Asia in this virtual way. 

3) How do you think ATG can help to encourage and support local trail runners? 

We are looking to find ambassadors in different countries who can help us to spread the word and potentially organize local events and workshops in their region. This way women from all over Asia can benefit from Asia Trail Girls community not only online but offline as well.

4) How do you think you can help ATG to promote and meet its objectives in your local trail running scene?

For the ATG Hong Kong Chapter we are planning to organize more regular running meet ups as well as educational and empowering workshops in the near future. We are also thinking of a new mentorship program. More information on all of this is coming soon :)

 

Charlotte (Hong Kong)

1) Why did you Join Asia Trail Girls (ATG)?
The ATG’s initiative of building a female trai lrunning community is just great! I have always been a big fan of supporting women initiatives in all sorts of projects. It is also great to share my passion about trail running with other women, to learn and grow together, to inspire and get inspired. At the end of the day, we are not professional runners, we just want to have fun, to progress and push our limits, we all struggle to get motivated sometimes and often face the same challenges. So, it’s important to bring support, to meet people with similar interests, to share your passion, what you have learned and learn from others. 

2) What do you think of the latest challenge organised by ATG?
I think that these days are difficult for everyone – some people are working from home, we are told to reduce social interactions, we cannot travel, see our family and friends living abroad. That’s why any challenge, which brings people together for some fun is more than welcome! I also love to see runners with all levels joining challenges together!


3) How do you think ATG can help to encourage and support local trail runners? 

I believe that sharing personal experiences through articles helps to encourage and support any women – race reports or running routes can help more local trail runners. Events and meet-ups are also great to meet people and find running buddy/group of people. Maybe, ATG could do local 1-1 kind of mentoring with a trail running beginner / more experienced runner to engage more dialogue/support.


4) How do you think you can help ATG to promote and meet its objectives in your local trail running scene?

I think that building a community takes time and effort. It is important to spread the word, promote ATG’s challenges/activities, join events/meet-ups, share the trail running passion and experience, as well as share others’ experiences.

Sandi (Philippines)

1) Why did you Join Asia Trail Girls (ATG)?
Because I want to reach out farther, inspire more ladies (in this case, even outside my country), to be active and always be in touch with nature.


2) What do you think of the latest challenge organised by ATG?
I got excited when I found out about it, because I needed an extra push to get outside and look for more hills to run on. 


3) How do you think ATG can help to encourage and support local trail runners? 

ATG can discover runners who are passionate about the trails and mountains, inspire them to constantly improve in what they love doing, and in turn, inspire others as well.


4) How do you think you can help ATG to promote and meet its objectives in your local trail running scene?

I love making other women feel empowered, I would like to help by sharing this with all my trail groups so more of us ladies can get outside to get fitter and/or stronger.

Lyndsey (Hong Kong)

1) Why did you Join Asia Trail Girls (ATG)?
I think that holding space for women is incredibly important. Many women say they trail run (or participate in sports) because it gives them a sense of freedom and empowerment. I don’t think there’s nothing more magical than when you bring a group of women together. 

2) What do you think of the latest challenge organised by ATG?
Getting out in the summer months can be so daunting (especially if you’re adverse to heat like I am) so having a team to hold you accountable seems like a great way to get the miles in. It’s also a great excuse to explore new trails and peaks and celebrate new achievements with your team.


3) How do you think ATG can help to encourage and support local trail runners? 

Accessibility is key. We want ATG to create spaces for women who are new to the sport, or who find it hard to schedule time for themselves due to family commitments, or who may be intimidated by what they think an ‘athlete should look like’. So celebrating diversity and providing women space where they can explore what they are capable of in a supportive, judgement free environment is crucial.


4) How do you think you can help ATG to promote and meet its objectives in your local trail running scene?

I hope that by taking up space I can help women see that trail runners don’t need to “look a certain way” or run a “certain pace” to be worthy.

 

It’s proven that exercise and spending time outdoors improves our mental health and wellbeing tenfold and I want to encourage women to celebrate their bodies through joyful movement!

 

Azleen (Malaysia)

1) Why did you Join Asia Trail Girls (ATG)?
It all began in May 2020 when Veronika, the ATG founder, reached out to a few of us as she was looking for new contributors on the ATG website. I was eager to contribute with my knowledge and write an article on trail running from my perspective. So far, ATG has provided me with opportunities to network, collaborate, learn and share my passion for trail running with an empowering community of like-minded women running trails around Asia!

2) What do you think of the latest challenge organised by ATG?
Awesome! It is definitely a good opportunity to hit a high elevation target, improve fitness and techniques tackling uphill running and train for future races. In addition, doing a vertical challenge in a group/team setting is a great way to boost healthy competition among each other while attempting a common goal.

3) How do you think ATG can help to encourage and support local trail runners? 

Asia Trail Girls serves as a platform for all women across Asia where we can share trail running experiences and stories via virtual content (ATG official website, Instagram, Facebook, podcasts, video interviews, etc.) or face-to-face (if condition permits during events such as trail running clinics, camps, race-cation).


4) How do you think you can help ATG to promote and meet its objectives in your local trail running scene?

I can help to create and share social media postings/content/articles. Another way would be to help to run trail running clinics/camps in Malaysia featuring topics related to trail running/running in general (for example Trail Running 101). I’d also love to suggest collaboration opportunities between ATG and local sport brands and possibly local race directors to promote not only ATG, but also the trail running gears/brands and upcoming races.

Hien (Vietnam)

1) Why did you Join Asia Trail Girls (ATG)?
In Asia, there are very few women participating at ultra races. I truly believe that there are so many skilful women out there and I would like to encourage them to join this amazing sport that could give them time to explore their inner self, help them to build more confidence and practically change their lives for the better.


2) What do you think of the latest challenge organised by ATG?
This challenge helps building a female running community. It is a team challenge so women can support other women.


3) How do you think ATG can help to encourage and support local trail runners? 

ATG can encourage more women by sharing more inspiring stories about other women as well as creating events where they can connect and interact with these women.

4) How do you think you can help ATG to promote and meet its objectives in your local trail running scene?

I am happy to promote and organize female focused running events in Vietnam.

Charlie (China)

1) Why did you Join Asia Trail Girls (ATG)?
In general, I believe that outdoor activities are a great way for people to improve their physical, emotional, social, and mental health. Quite quickly after moving to Shanghai, I started to miss nature ; so at the beginning, Trail Running was just a way for me to escape the city. Then I realized it gave me much more : it helped me reconnect with myself by improving my self-confidence, and it also helped me connect with an awesome community in China. That's why I really want to encourage girls to try out and support them as much as I can in their Trail Running journey.


2) What do you think of the latest challenge organised by ATG?

Challenges are always a great motivation for people to get active. As Trail Runners, we have to love challenges anyway, right? :)

I am very excited to take part in a new team challenge. Being part of a team is always much funnier. It is great to be able to share the experience with other people and support each other. The more the merrier!

On top, this one in particular is going to be very interesting for people (including me) who join from cities like Shanghai, with no elevation. The difficulty is not only going to be physical ; we will also have to find where and how to climb those vertical meters.


3) How do you think ATG can help to encourage and support local trail runners? 

Communities are always a great source of motivation and support. I believe ATG can help people connecting, sharing their passion, exchanging tips, etc. By organizing local events (trips, trainings, challenges), ATG will also eventually get people moving.

4) How do you think you can help ATG to promote and meet its objectives in your local trail running scene?

The Trail Running community in Mainland China, especially in Shanghai, is still very small. There are however a lot of road runners and an undeniable interest of those people to try out new running activities. I believe Trail Running has a huge potential in Mainland China, so I want to help people discover the trails : sharing tips, organizing trips, supporting ATG challenges... Let's start by getting people into this new elevation gain challenge!

Vanja (Singapore)

1) Why did you Join Asia Trail Girls (ATG)?
I think Asia Trail Girls is a great platform to get to know more people in the trail running community. I often see the same people in races, but I don’t really know them. By sharing stories and organising challenges like this one, ATG will make us feel more connected. And it will be more fun to see these people again when they are not just a face or a name on the race results.

2) What do you think of the latest challenge organised by ATG?
It’s the challenge we were missing on the virtual race calendar! Most challenges so far were based on distance or time, but this one is quite different. Ten consecutive days of stairs or hills will be super tough. But I also think it’s not only about strength, we will need a good strategy to optimise our efforts.

3) How do you think ATG can help to encourage and support local trail runners? 

ATG is a wonderful initiative to bring more girls to trail running. I believe that there must be a lot of hidden potential in Asia. I meet so many girls with incredible physical and mental strengths. Maybe some of them just need a little extra motivation to start trail running. With the tips and stories ATG is sharing from local runners, I hope that more girls will be motivated to explore the trails. I’m sure they will love it!

4) How do you think you can help ATG to promote and meet its objectives in your local trail running scene?

I hope that by spreading the word about this challenge and ATG, I will find more local girls who also enjoy running trails and hills. I’m not much of a motivational speaker, but I’m always up to go for a fun run with new friends.  I hope that by running together, I can help ‘spread the joy’ and get more girls hooked on trail running.

 

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