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HONG KONG MARATHON 2024; THE MASSES RETURN

74,000 runners across the 10k and marathon events!

Here's the official news release from the organisers on their website https://www.hkmarathon.com/

 

 

 

HONG KONG, 21 January 2024 – The Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2024 (SCHKM) concluded today (Sunday). With 74,000 running quotas, it continues to be the city’s largest long distance running event. As a Gold Label Road Race recognised by World Athletics as well as hosting the Asian Marathon Championships for the fifth time, this Hong Kong ‘M’ Mark event attracted nearly 50 international, Asian, and local top runners competing for major honours. The Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Mr. John Lee officiated at the Marathon start today – firing the starters pistol to get the Marathon runners off to a flying start. Participants were cheered by excited onlookers along the course, adding a vibrant atmosphere to the occasion. Runners from Kenya and Ethiopia were crowned overall champions in the Men’s and Women’s Marathons, with athletes from India and Mongolia breaking the finishing tape first in winning the Asian Marathon Championships, joined by a host of Hong Kong elite runners who achieved outstanding times in various categories. Overall Race Results In a highly competitive race the Gold label field was beaten out by Seroi Anderson Saitoti from Kenya who raced home in a winning time of 2:12:50 in Men’s Marathon, with Medina Armino from Ethiopia securing the top spot in the Women’s Marathon, crossing the finish line in a time of 2:28:47 each taking prize winnings of US$ 65,000. Intense Asian Marathon Championships competition saw Man Singh from India take the winner’s tape with a time of 2:14:19, with Galbadrakh Khishigsaikhan from Mongolia taking the Women’s title with a time of 2:33:50. Hong Kong runners featured in the top 15 rankings in both the men’s and women’s race, with Vut Tsz Ying the overall highest-placed Hong Kong competitor in the Championships, racing into 6th place in the women’s category. In the Half Marathon competition, Sun Xiaoyang from China won the Men’s race with a finish time of 1:08:05, with Women’s race winner Choi Yan Yin from Hong Kong completing the course in a time of 1:21:01. The competitive 10KM Race saw Chinese runner Chen Yu Fan taking finishing tape first in the Men’s division with a winning time of 0:30:58 with Tsang Hiu Tung from Hong Kong breaking the tape in the Women’s division in 0:36:46. In the 10KM Wheelchair category, Lee Ho Fei finished first in the time of 0:44:06.

This year’s Marathon Charity Programme, with the aim of promoting a diverse and inclusive community, expanded its charity participation to 28 NGO partners. In addition to leveraging the charity quotas, the NGOs hosted charity booths both at the Marathon Carnival and on the race day, offering citizens an opportunity to learn more about the charity and community development in Hong Kong and providing a chance to interact with charity runners. As of the race day, the Programme has raised over HK$4.4million, and fund-raising activities will continue until the end of March.

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