About 1000 runners are expected to take part in Myanmar’s first international marathon in years. They will have the option of running three distances; the full marathon, or two shorter races, a 10km run and a 3km run.
All races will begin and end at People’s Park, just a block from one of Yangon’s most iconic and picturesque landmarks, the Shwedagon Pagoda.
“The Yoma Yangon International Marathon will be an historic event for both Yangon and Myanmar (formerly Burma), as the country re-establishes its international sporting credentials. The marathon will also allow participants to enjoy some of the best of what the city has to offer – not only the sights and sounds off the main roads, but also the city’s lakes, scenic bridges and historic monuments,” said David Shin, of Sporting Republic, one of the race organisers.
The race is a charity event with all proceeds from entries donated to various charitable projects in Myanmar.
"The Government of Yangon is proud to support the Yoma Yangon International Marathon," said a spokesperson for the Yangon City Development Council.
“Hosting an international sporting event is an opportunity to showcase Myanmar’s latest developments to the world while bringing about a welcome boost to the local economy. We look forward to hosting the world’s marathon runners in Yangon".
Come join in the buzz of Wellington’s biggest fun run and walk on Sunday 17th February.
The event has a 7km fun run, walk and wheelchair option as well as the ISC Lenco Half Marathon. Both distances take advantage of the beautiful inner harbour bays before converging on Kilbirnie Park for live entertainment, food and a great atmosphere for the whole family.
The 2012 event set a new Wellington fun run record of 12,000 participants, the first sell out in the event’s long history.
AMI Round the Bays is organised by Sport Wellington, and the Official Charity Partner is the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research. Participants can raise funds to help the Malaghan find a cure for cancer, MS, Asthma and other diseases.
The flat, fast course and professional timing system (Timing Sports) mean that the event is a road runner's dream. The 2013 event also doubles as the Athletics New Zealand National Half Marathon Championships.
Participants can take advantage of fantastic offers and deals including a free trial gym membership at Les Mills from the time they register until event day, accommodation specials at the Mercure Wellington and the ever popular Southern Cross Pasta Party.
Registrations open late October 2012.