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Perhaps it was the inspiration of the race slogan.  Or perhaps running is becoming more and more popular.  Whatever is correct, entries to the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon closed in October – two months ahead of schedule – because of overwhelming demand for running spots.

With just a few places left in some start times, there will be around 65,000 people out running on 20th February.  Organisers raised the total by 5000 and added extra start times in the half and full marathon to cope with increasing demand for registrations.  The marathon cut-off time has also been extended from 5h30m to 6 hours so that slower runners can enjoy the race to its fullest.
This will be the 15th anniversary or the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon and the 60th anniversary of the Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association, which organises the race.  To celebrate, special prizes will be awarded to runners with certain numbers on their entry receipts.

The event has grown consistently over the years and has become a signature international sporting event, now recognised as a “Brand Hong Kong Event” by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.

In 2010 about 60,000 runners participated in events including 10km, half and full marathon.

 

For the first time the full marathon was run on Stonecutters Bridge (Route 8 between Tsing Yi and Cheung Sha Wan). One additional 10km race was introduced in order to cope with the increased number of entries. The arrangements proved to be effective as runners had more space to run on along the courses.

It is expected the same marathon course will be followed in February.  Runners start in Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon and follow a route that takes them over four bridges before passing underwater through the Western Harbour Tunnel to finish in Victoria Park, Causeway Way on Hong Kong Island.
The route takes in some of Hong Kong’s most interesting features, including the magnificent Tsing Ma Bridge, the longest span suspension bridge in the world.  Runners can also enjoy sea views for much of the way.

 

Next event dates:

20 February 2011

 


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