The Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon, started in 1997, with a record of entries achieved in each year. Now it has become a signature international sporting event in Hong Kong and was recognised as a “Brand Hong Kong Event” by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.
To comply with the government epidemic prevention measures, all runners participated in the physical race required to receive the government-approved COVID-19 vaccine and conduct a Nucleic acid test for COVID-19 within 72 hours before race.
In addition, to encourage more runners to participate in this annual distance running event under the pandemic, Virtual Run had been introduced for the Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10KM races, which was successfully completed from 25 October to 14 November 2021. Runners were required to record their runs using the official app. Runners had been given an e-certificate, a medal and a commemorative T-shirt after verification of their running records.
In addition, all participants who finished the race within the time limit, were given a finisher medal and marathon finishers could also engrave their names or a personalized message on their medal for free.
On the other hand, with an aim to provide runners with more convenience and promote a green marathon, runners’ pack collection letter and exclusive e-coupons were sent to runners by electronic means. A mobile app for the Event was launched which provided access to the digital race handbook and other race related information.
In addition to the main races, a 1km Family Run was established and the Youth Dash was resumed. Another new initiative, the Public Ballot Entry (Team) was added to the 10km Run this year, allowing runners to form their own group and enjoy the marathon with their family and friends. The “Charity Entry” quota, introduced last year, was doubled in 2018 and attracted 600 local and overseas athletes to compete and raise funds for the official marathon charities.
The launch of the Live Tracking feature in the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon App was widely welcomed as this instant feature enabled participants to check their progress and share their achievements via social media platforms.
In addition, the Marathon and Half Marathon route was also revamped, using an extension of Nathan Road (the main road) leading to Argyle Street for the first time. The new arrangements were well received by the participants as it provided a better running experience in the first 3 km after the Start, offered more space for spectators and organised cheering groups.
For the first time in the marathon history, the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) was broadcasted live to all participants during the event. There was also 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, enhancing the overall race experience. This urban route was welcomed by participants, as it could accommodate more spectators cheering the runners before the Finish.
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 Central Government Offices.
The 11th Asian Marathon Championships was held concurrently with over 13 Asian countries / regions took part in this event.
2003 Celebrating 150th Anniversary of Standard Chartered Bank, the prize money was topped up to US100,000
2000 Categorising the event in 3 different distances, including the marathon, half marathon and 10km, for the first time
1998 Starting at the Tsing Ma Bridge and finishing at the Hong Kong International Airport runway in Chek Lap Kok
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