The Halong Bay Heritage Marathon 2023, Vietnam's oldest heritage race, will mark a breakthrough with over 9,000 runners taking part.
Over 2,000 Quang Ninh residents are among the 9,100 marathoners, including nearly 1,000 participants from 42 countries, to compete in the race on November 19 in Halong city.
The marathon is part of activities to mark the 60 years of the province’s founding and 20 years since Halong city was founded.
Assoc. Prof. Nguyen Tri, general director of race owner DHA Vietnam said, “This year, the race has attracted domestic and foreign tourists to Halong and Quang Ninh province. It contributes to realising the aspiration of building Quang Ninh to be a rich, beautiful, and modern city, a marine economic centre, and also a key destination for tourists.”
Armed with a long-term vision, the Halong Bay Heritage Marathon has already been voted by the Runner's World UK magazine as one of the 50 greatest races on Earth.
“Running not only simply assists health, but also becomes a cultural activity, a lifestyle of modern, strong, passionate people in Quang Ninh, full of will and desire towards a bright and prosperous future," Tri said. "Sport training in general and running in particular is the most effective and least expensive way to proactively take care of one's health. We are happy to contribute to Quang Ninh through the marathon's increasingly growing development.”
DHA Vietnam held a meeting with managers of Quang Ninh departments and agencies on November 6 to confirm organisational plans on track safety and other measures. The company also introduced race general manager Dr. Dinh Huynh Linh from Vietnam National Heart Institute, who is a medical doctor and lecturer in cardiology at Hanoi Medical University, as well as a veteran runner.
The Halong Bay Heritage Marathon 2023 has four competing distances of 5km, 10km, a half-marathon of 21km, and a full marathon of just over 42km.
The two longest events will start at 5.00am on November 19 at the Quang Ninh Exhibition of Planning and Expo Centre in Halong. The 10km distance starts at 6.15am and the 5km event starts at 6.30am.
The running course has been measured and standardised by experts from the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races. The route is designed to travel through many beautiful landscapes, connecting the two cities of Halong and Cam Pha city, through a unique tunnel through the mountain in Cam Pha city. One side of the tunnel will be completely closed for the race to ensure safety for runners.
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