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Da Nang International Marathon 2018 on horizon

Released at: 08:05, 10/08/2018

Da Nang International Marathon 2018 on horizon

Photo: Rundanang.com

More than 7,000 people to run this weekend.

by Le Diem

The Da Nang International Marathon 2018 will take place on August 11 and 12 along a beach track in central Da Nang city, organized by the World Marathon Company and Pulse Active and sponsored by Manulife.

With the theme “Because I love Da Nang”, the race will start from East Sea Park and cross over city’s famous bridges of Dragon, Han River, Tran Thi Ly and Thuan Phuoc and a beach track on Son Tra Peninsula.

The race this year has a record number of entries, according to organizers.

Some 900 runners have registered for the full-marathon, of 42 km, 1,700 for the half-marathon of 21 km, and more than 1,000 for the 10-km race. They include Vietnamese and foreigners, with many registered for the 21-km run coming from South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan.

The 5-km charity fun run is open to everybody who loves running and will see the largest number of participants in its history, with 3,400 runners, mostly Vietnamese, showing the greater attention being paid by local people to running compared to a few years ago.

The new 1-km run for kids from three to ten years of age has 200 little runners and aims to promote a love of running and create fun for kids accompanying their parents.

Prizes worth VND300 million ($13,200) are up for grabs in the main race.

Charity funds of about $11,600 are also being called for from participants, to help the poor and disabled and victims of Agent Orange.

The race is the first Vietnamese marathon certified by the International Amateur Athletics Association (IAAF) and the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races.

Da Nang’s coastline stretches 30 km and is renowned for pristine beautiful beaches with white sand and crystal-clear blue water and is popular for fishing, water-skiing, diving, and yachting.

More than 5,700 athletes from 44 countries and territories joined the race last year and more than $21,000 was raised for handicapped people and orphans, victims of Agent Orange/dioxin, the Village of Hope, and 15 low-income families in the city.

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