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Event History

The Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon, started in 1997, with a record of entries achieved in each year. Now it becomes a signature international sporting event in Hong Kong and was recognized as a "Brand Hong Kong Event" by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.


Event History Pic 2017

This is the second consecutive year that the event upgrade to Gold Label Road Race status by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2017 was successfully concluded on 12 February. The replacement of the public registration system using Balloting had achieved a great success in the event, eradicating various restrictions for people from joining this major event in Hong Kong.

With the first implementation of Live Tracking feature using Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon App, it was much welcomed by participants to check their progress, as well as sharing their achievement via social media platform throughout the race.


Event History 2016

The Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2016 celebrating its 20th anniversary with 74,000 runners has concluded successfully on 17 January this year. The event was a Gold Label Road Race event with 16 Gold Label runners invited to compete in the Marathon.

The Marathon and Half Marathon route used an extension of Nathan Road (the main road) leading to Argyle Street for the first time, which was welcomed by the participants. The extension route provided a better running experience in the first 3 km after the Start, as well as more space for spectators and organized cheering groups.


Event History 2015

The Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2015 was successfully concluded on 25 January 2015. A number of new initiatives were offered, including a pilot race "Youth Dash" which attracted 500 teenagers. Priority Entry was also launched to give qualified 2014 runners a priority registration.

For the first time in the marathon history, the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) was broadcasted live to all participants during the event. A new extension of route prior to Finish - running along Hennessy Road, Yee Wo Street and turned into Sugar Street before finishing at Victoria Park. This urban route was welcomed by participants, as it could accommodate many more spectators cheering the runners before the Finish.



Maintained its status as a Silver Label Race by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), The Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2014 successfully concluded on 16 February 2014, with the total of 73,000 participants which again hit a record high, making this the largest race ever in the competition’s history. Thanks to an increase in the prize money, up to US$300,000, more overseas elite runners, coming from over 60 countries and regions, were attracted to compete in the event. Wheelchair Races (3km and a pilot 10km Wheelchair Race) continued this year to further promote the sport to people with different abilities and to foster social harmony.


Event History 2013


Following its upgrade to Silver Label Road Race status by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2013 was successfully concluded on 24 February. In addition, elite athletes from over 44 Asian countries and regions were invited to take part in the Asian Marathon Championships, making the 2013 event more eagerly anticipated than ever. Following last year’s Marathon Wheelchair Race, the Half Marathon Wheelchair Race was introduced for the first time this year.


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Recognized by International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) as a Bronze Label event, the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2012 was successfully concluded on 5 February with a record-breaking figure of 70,000 participants. The fifteen year old Men’s Full Marathon course record was beaten by 7 runners including the 2012 champion Dereje Ali, from Ethiopia, in one of the most exciting finishes in the history of the event in a time of 2:11:27. The ten year old Women’s course record was also broken by Misiker Demissie another Ethiopian, in a time of 2:30:12. 

The Full Marathon Wheelchair Event and 3km Wheelchair Event were introduced for the first time this year. The change of route in Central District provided the magnificent scenery of Victoria Harbour as well as the new offices of the government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.


 Event History 2011

Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2011 with the theme of "Join the Race, Share the Spirit" was successfully concluded on 20th February with a record entry of 65,000 applicants enrolled. The early start times in the Full Marathon provided runners in a better air quality early in the morning which as a result achieving better times. The total prize money of 2011 event was raised to US$150,000 placing the Standard Chartered Marathon as one of the Asia's most prominent marathons.


 Event History 2010

With a record of over 60,000 runners, the annual Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon was successfully held on 28 February 2010. For the first time the Full Marathon was run on Stonecutters Bridge (Route 8 between Tsing Yi and Cheung Sha Wan). One additional 10km race was introduced in order to cope with the increase of entries. Such arrangements proved to be effective as runners had more space to run on along the courses. The District Councils Challenge Cup, Leaders Cup, Discipline Forced Cups and the Most Supportive Group Award, etc. were held with overwhelming supports and participations from various sectors of the Hong Kong community.


 Event History 2009

As a result of the increase in participation in previous years, the entry quota for the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2009 was raised to 55,000 to allow more runners to participate in this major sporting event in Hong Kong. To further enhance the event, a number of new categories were added in the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2009, including the District Councils Challenge Cup, The Best Costume Award, and most notably the newly introduced Leaders Cup - a race featuring senior executives, community leaders and celebrities competing in a 2km course.

The Best Costume Award aimed to promote running in a healthy living environment.


 Event History 2008

The Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2008 experienced the new Finish at Victoria Park, for the first time. The 10km race was held on the Island Eastern Corridor while both Full and Half Marathon remained the same route but with an extension from Wanchai to Causeway Bay. Such arrangement enabled more spectators to watch the event in the last 1 km, cheering the runners and their friends at the last stretch of the full marathon route. Total participants reached over 50,000, another record of entries.

The 11th Asian Marathon Championships was held concurrently with over 13 Asian countries/territories taken part in this Asian championships event.


 Event History 2007

There were two new competitions in Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2007 - the 10th Anniversary Handover Cup and Media Challenge Cup. To celebrate the 10th Anniversary Handover of Hong Kong to China, a special 10th Anniversary Handover Cup was presented and 18 District Councils were invited to form teams to participate in the competition. Also, another new initiative, the Media Challenge Cup, was introduced in 2007 and the media were invited to take part. Including the District Councils, Publication, and general public, the total entries had increased to 43,956, breaking the record of Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon once again this year.


 Event History 2006

The Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2006 was staged on 12 February 2006, with a total of 40,174 entries. This year marked the 10th anniversary of the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon since its first launched in 1997. In celebration of this milestone, Standard Chartered Hong Kong offered special prize money of over HK$144,000 to local runners (permanent residents) in this year's event. Once again, Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon served as the finale of "The Greatest Race on Earth" (GROE), the international marathon challenge held in four different cities around the world. Hong Kong Team took the second place in North East Asia Region of the GROE in this year challenge!


 Event History 2005

The record of entries broke through once again in this year which attracted 31,330 fans to run! This year, Standard Chartered firstly launched "The Greatest Race on Earth" which was a challenging virtual relay race across their four established marathons in Hong Kong, Singapore, Nairobi and Mumbai. It was so honorable that Hong Kong served as the finale, in which attracted over 60 elite international marathon runners to compete.


 Event History 2004

This year the entries had increased over 24,000 runners. The weather on that day was the coldest that had never seen before; it gave the greatest challenges to the runners, volunteers, organizing groups and the organizer!


 Event History 2003

Celebrating 150th Anniversary of Standard Chartered Bank, the prize money was topped up to US100,000. In terms of runners, an 18 times from 1997 of more than 18,500 runners!!


 Event History 2002

With the success of the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon in the past 5 years, Hong Kong hosted the 8th Asian Marathon Championships at the same time, with a record of over 24 Asian countries/territories taken part in this event. Time Bonus and Asian Best Times Awards were introduced. Japan and China took the Men and Women Asian titles respectively. Total participants again reached a record high of over 13,000 runners.


 Event History 2001

A significant year of break through the use of Nathan Road (one of the oldest roads on Kowloon and finished at Golden Bauhinia Square (where the hand over ceremony of Hong Kong took place in 1997) on Hong Kong Island. Running through two tunnels (Cheung Tsing & Western Harbour) and two bridges (Tsing Ma and Ting Kau), the number of runners broke the 10,000 barriers.


 Event History 2000

The Standard Chartered Marathon in this year featured a special harbour-front start, with the runners taking their marks in the shadow of the Cultural Center in Tsim Sha Tsui. Following the start, the course covered some of Kowloon's most famous real estates, including stretches along the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade and across the Ting Kau Bridge, before finishing at the Shamshuipo Sports Ground. In this year, the event also introduced three different races: a marathon, half marathon and a 10km race and resulted in breaking another record of entry.


 Event History 1999

Moving the Marathon into the heart of city, the race started in Central District on Hong Kong Island on Chater Road and finished at Shamshuipo Sports Ground on Kowloon side. Running through the Western Harbour and Cheung Tsing Tunnels for the first time, the number of runners increased to nearly 7,000.


 Event History 1998

Marking of a super structure ever built in Hong Kong, the Marathon took place in the newly built Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok , with the Start on the Tsing Ma Bridge (the longest suspension bridge in the world) and ended on the Airport runway. Due to the scenic route along the route, this event attracted over 6,000 participants.


 Event History 1997

Standard Chartered Marathon, running from Hong Kong to Shenzhen, China symbolizing the return of Hong Kong's sovereignty to China, was staged as a cross-border race. Starting in Sheung Shui in Hong Kong, running through the border of Huanggang into Shenzhen, China, attracted over 1,000 entries, drawing at the time a large international field of runners ever invited to a distance running event in Hong Kong.