​Over 8,000 join int’l marathon event in Ho Chi Minh City

Over 8,000 amateur local and foreign runners gathered in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday for the fifth edition of HCMC Marathon, one of Vietnam’s biggest marathon events. Formerly known as HCMC Run, HCMC Marathon is an annual event jointly organized by the Ho Chi Minh City Athletics Federation and Pulse Active – a locally based advertising solutions company – in association with the municipal Department of Culture and Sports. The multiple-distance HCMC Marathon 2018 was joined by more than 8,000 local and international runners who took part in separate runs ranging from five kilometers to 42.195 kilometers in length across the streets of District 7. Over 800 foreigners signed up for the half-marathon and marathon distances with a registration fee of up to VND1.7 million (US$75) per person. Vietnamese nationals were entitled to a slightly lower fee, at VND800,000 ($35) to VND1.36 million ($60) per registration for the marathon distance. Despite the relatively high prices for a race compared to other marathon events held in Vietnam, HCMC Marathon remains highly popular with local and international runners, with registration having to close early due to overwhelming numbers of contestants, according to Dong Ngoc Bich Ngan, the organizer’s marketing executive. “Eight thousand contestants is really the limit for us to ensure smooth running of the event. Anything higher than that will likely result in things getting out of control,” Ngan explained. For many participants, the highlight of the run was crossing the Phu My Bridge, a two-kilometer cable-stayed bridge that connects District… [Read full story]


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