Hanoi International Marathon to start next year

11:23 | 18/06/2018 Sports

Vietnam’s capital will host its first ever international marathon. The Hanoi International Marathon is scheduled to start on April 14 next year.

Photo courtesy of the organizing board

The event aims to inspire a healthy lifestyle among citizens, while showcasing the very best of this great city on the world stage.

Besides encouraging a healthy lifestyle, the organisers aim to bring thousands of international runners to the capital, significantly boosting sports tourism.

It also aims to make Hanoi one of Asia’s biggest marathons alongside Singapore and Tokyo, as well as the major events in European capitals such as London. In doing so, the event will play a significant role in cementing Hanoi’s position as one of the world’s best places to visit.

A race around Hanoi is not only for long distance runners aiming for the full 42km stretch. It also features unique routes of 10km and 21km, taking runners past Hanoi’s key landmarks such as the Old Quarter, Opera House and Westlake.

The organizer is Topas, a Danish-Vietnamese company which has previously staged many premier events in the country, including the region’s major trail event, the Vietnam Mountain Marathon, which attracts runners from more than 50 countries.

For the Hanoi International Marathon, Topas is collaborating with the municipal People’s Committee, the municipal Department of Culture and Sport and the Embassy of Denmark.

“Denmark just celebrated the 50th birthday of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik with giant races in five major cities. Danes of all ages consider running a vital ingredient in living an active, positive and healthy life,” said Chargé d’Affaires Christian Brix Moller.

“The Vietnam Mountain Marathon, initiated and developed in 2013, has been very successful and attracts runners from more than 50 countries every year. We expect the new marathon will promote Hanoi as a world-class destination, attracting people from all around the globe. It will showcase the capital’s best landmarks and its rich culture.”

David Lloyd, Director of Sport at Topas said: “Five years ago at the inaugural event of Vietnam Mountain Marathon, we saw just a handful of Vietnamese participate. This year we expect more than 1,500 to run distances of up to 100km in Sapa. It is our hope that the Hanoi event will further encourage Vietnamese runners.”

“On a personal level, I love this city and want to showcase its rich culture and beautiful attractions to the world in the same way we have promoted Sa Pa and Pù Luông through our trail runs. We believe this will be an event for Hanoians to be extremely proud of,” Lloyd added.

Topas’s events have a charitable element and tens of thousands of dollars have been raised for good causes over the years. The Hanoi International Marathon will also continue this tradition. Charity partners will include Newborns Vietnam, a British – Vietnamese NGO working to reduce neonatal mortality in Vietnam – and Operation Smile.

Entry will open in September 2018.

Theo VNS