Hickory Battle

A weekend of runs! The main event starts at 8am on Saturday 3rd September 2022 at Wildhomestay in Anhui…

The Routes

At this time in the year the locals venture up into the mountains to nock the nuts out of the hickory trees. The small nuts are highly prized all over China and are rich and sweet to taste. We follow their footsteps through some of the area’s best trails. The routes are designed to take in the mountain slopes lined with hickory trees and some of the amazing mixed surface paths. There is very little flat!!!

A Epic Hickory Battle

The bigger picking!

32km option. Tough!
2000m of Elevation Gain
6 main climbs.
4 out of 5 in steepness scale.
4 out of 5 in toughness scale.
3 checkpoints.
3 drinkstops.

A Brief Hickory Battle

The easier picking!

18km. Still not easy.
1200m of Elevation Gain
2.5 main climbs.
3.5 out of 5 in steepness scale.
2 out of 5 in toughness scale.
2 checkpoints.
2 drinkstops.

Awards & Prizes

Various awards and prizes will be provided from our very kind partners. You will need to record your run on a GPS device or phone and upload it to Strava!

1 Top Male & 1 Female
6 Segments
3 Masters
2 Run with Dog
4 Fun
2 Kids


2nd Friday
Bus leaves Shanghai 18:00 sharp.
4-5h to get here by bus.
2h by train. Direct and non-direct train options and the station is 10 minutes from Wildhomestay.

3rd Saturday
6:00 am Registration, Gear Check and Breakfast
7:45 am Briefing
8:00 am Challenge Start
5:00 pm Challenge Ends
7:00 pm BBQ & Beers
8:00 pm Awards

4th Sunday
8am Breakfast
9am Morning activities, running and shoes testing on an offroad pump track, Adventure cycling on Specialized Diverge adventure bikes.
1230 Lunch
2pm Leave / bus departure.


Booking your entry and weekend for yourself or your group is easily done through this page. The entire weekend should come in under 1000 RMB pp. Confirmation will be emailed and please make sure you leave your wechat id when you checkout. We will add you to a wechat group and the final itinerary, GPX / waiver will be provided through that group and also in the briefing!

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or book a standard room or house instead of the dorm 🙂

Free Entry! If you have been to a Yepao before and bring a friend who has never been to a Yepao Challenge we will provide you a free coupon for your next Yepao Entry! Apply in the Cafe!

Pictures from previous Challenges 🙂

See Leigh’s weixin post. If you are new to the area also check the below recap of the last challenge for more photos of what the running area looks like.