The Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon, which had been suspended twice due to COVID-19, is set to resume on 24 October 2021. It will be the first major mass participatory sporting event in Hong Kong since the start of the pandemic.
According to the organizers, there will be a total enrollment quota of 18,500 for this year’s event, allocated to the marathon, half-marathon and 10km race. At least half of the quotas for the three respective categories have already been reserved for runners who had successfully enrolled for last year’s cancelled race.
In order to ensure the safety of the race, the organizers have adopted several kinds of measures, including all runners in the physical run being required to have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine recognized by the HKSAR government on or before 10 October 2021. To encourage more runners to participate in this annual long-distance running event, the marathon, half marathon, and 10km races will also be held in a virtual format from 24 October to 14 November 2021.
The first Hong Kong Marathon was in held 1997 to coincide with the opening of the new international airport and has since grown to see the highest participation rates of all sports events in Hong Kong. The route starts in the scenic Tsim Sha Tsui area of Kowloon, races up into the New Territories and heads back down to a spectacular finish in Victoria Park on Hong Kong Island.
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