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Message from the Chairman

Chairman of Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association

Mr Kwan Kee

 

Kwan Kee

I am proud to announce the 22nd Anniversary of the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon will be held on 21st January 2018. The race has been growing from only a thousand of runners to 74,000 nowadays. This success belongs to the tremendous support from different parties in the society to make this event remarkable.

Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association is the National Sports Association to promote the sports of athletics in Hong Kong. Running culture is getting more and more popular. One of our key messages is to encourage people to exercise in daily life. In recent years, there are more runners to receive systematic training under registered coaches. It shows that distance running becomes part of their daily life. On the other hand, the increasing number of overseas runners to participate the marathon is significant, we will keep promoting the race which can also bring positive return to the tourism in Hong Kong. Of course, charity, educational, healthy, environmental messages are the important messages we would like to promote in the race.

 Since 2016, the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon was recognised as the IAAF Gold Label Road Race. It proves the race has achieved the highest standard in IAAF, and it also attracts many elite runners around the world to compete in Hong Kong. With the positive feedbacks from runners, we have been working closely with government parties to run into the city hub by having more spectators cheer along the route. I believe that every runner would enjoy running in the most scenic roads in Hong Kong with the amazing atmosphere.

Last year we introduced the balloting system in our race registration, runners did not need to spend hours to sit in front of any computer for an entry while this saved a lot of time and also to ease the pressure of the online system. In addition, we have launched the charity entry programme to raise money for the three official beneficiaries, runners can enjoy the marathon and also help the vulnerable groups in the society.

I would like to express my deep appreciation to our title sponsor, Standard Chartered Bank for the continuous support since 1997, as well as all government departments, sponsors, volunteers, media and runners. See you on 21st January 2018!