The third annual Techcombank HCM City International Marathon has received a record number of local and foreign entries this year, with nearly 13,000 registering to run on December 7 and 8.
|Local and foreign runners at the Techcombank HCM City International Marathon last year. — Photo thethaovanhoa.vn|
The number is 45 per cent higher than last year, Bui Ta Hoang Vu, director of the city Department of Tourism, the race organiser, said at a press meeting held yesterday (Nov 11).
The first edition in 2017 had 5,000 runners.
This year’s race, themed “A Green Road, a Green City”, would call for environmental protection, Vu said.
Participants will compete in the marathon (42.2km), half marathon (21.1km), 10km and 0.5km events.
The Kids Run, a fun event for young runners aged five to 14, is being instituted this year to get children involved in running and leading a healthy lifestyle.
On December 6 there will be fun activities such as live music performances, food and beverage offerings and exhibitions for families as part of the event.
Nguyen Trung Hinh, vice president of the HCM City Athletics Federation, said the annual event has become a movement in the sports community in Vietnam, and is attracting more and more professional and amateur runners from the national and international communities to HCM City to be a part of it.
The event is co-organised by the city Department of Culture and Sports and the federation.
More than 10,000 runners will compete in the Techcombank HCM City International Marathon on December 7 and 8 in HCM City, the event’s organising board has announced.
With her short hair and joyful smile, Nguyen Tieu Phuong looks young and active for a 46 year old.