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When is the 25th Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon?

The 25th Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon will be held on 12 February 2023, Sunday.

How many race categories are there for the 25th Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon?

The race categories of the 25th Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon are Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10km.

Are all runners entitled to compete for the awards/prizes which set for all races/categories?

No. Only participants of the Marathon Challenge, Half Marathon Challenge, and 10km Challenge races are eligible to compete for the awards/prize money.

What are the age limits for the races?

The age limits for different races are listed below:

Race Age Limit
Marathon Participants must be aged 20 or above as of 2023 (count by Year of Birth)
Half Marathon Participants must be aged 16 or above as of 2023 (count by Year of Birth)
10km

The Organiser reserves the right to verify the age of participants before, during, and after the race.

Besides age limits, are there any other entry requirements?

Yes. Marathon participants must have successfully completed at least one race (10km or longer) in the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon or any local or overseas races between 1 January 2021 and 31 October 2022. Such information must be submitted upon registration.

Where is the Start and Finish?

The Start and Finish of different races are as follows:

Races Start Finish
Marathon Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon Victoria Park, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Half Marathon
10km Island Eastern Corridor, Hong Kong

What are the start times of different races?

The start times of different races are listed below:

Races Start Time Start Format
Marathon Challenge 6am Mass Start
Marathon Non-Challenge 6:05am – 7am Rolling Start
Half Marathon Challenge 5:45am Mass Start
Half Marathon Non-Challenge 7:45am – 8:45am Rolling Start
10km Challenge 5:45am Mass Start
10km Non-Challenge 6am – 8am Rolling Start

What is the difference between Mass Start and Rolling Start?

Start Arrangement Results Available
Mass Start All runners start at the same time when the horn is sounded Official Time & Net Time
Rolling Start Runners will start in small groups by separate time intervals within the designated start period, in order to reduce the risk of infection due to close contact Net Time only

Why do the races start so early in the morning?

To avoid running under humid and hot weather conditions, early starts would be favourable to distance running. Moreover, it is absolutely essential to minimize the impact to the public transport system and to ensure the courses can be resumed for normal traffic as early as possible. As races start early in the morning, participants are reminded to keep their noise level to the minimal, in order to minimize the disturbance to nearby residents.

Would there be any special transportation arrangement on the Race Day morning?

The Organiser is working closely with public transport service providers for arranging special early services on the Race Day morning, from designated areas to the Starts in Tsim Sha Tsui and Island Eastern Corridor (Near Fortress Hill). Participants are reminded to check the details of the special transportation arrangement before the Race Day. The details will be announced in the “Special Transportation Arrangement” of the Runner’s Guide (Event Handbook) published on the Marathon website closer to the Race Day.

Why are participants allocated to different categories by their finishing time for the Marathon races; and by their estimated finishing time for Half Marathon and 10km races?

The objective of this arrangement is to avoid congestion caused by the variation of pace of different participants. With this allocation, every runner can race under the most favourable conditions and achieve their best.

 

Entry Fees

How much is the entry fee?

The entry fees of each race category are listed below:

Race Category Local Participants Oversea participates
10km HKD 420 USD 70
Half Marathon HKD 520 USD 85
Marathon HKD 600 USD 90

What does the entry fee include?

The entry fee includes:

a) An official T-shirt
Runners can choose their size of T-shirt when they make payment for their entry. There is no guarantee that their selected size will be available, and the T-shirt sizes given to participants will be subject to the availability in stock. Once the size of T-shirt is submitted and payment is completed, the runner cannot amend the size of T-shirt.

b) A Runner’s Pack
The Pack includes a bib with a timing chip, safety pins, Important Notice, baggage bag & tag, official T-shirt, and other souvenirs.

c) En-route support
Banana, sports drinks, and water will be provided at water stations along the course.

d) Runner’s service
Baggage deposit service and First Aid services will be provided for runners. First Aid Stations will be set up at Start Area, at water stations along the course and at Finish Area.

e) Finisher Medal
The medal will be given to participants who finish the race within the designated time limit of their category.

f) Certificate
E-Certificate will be issued to participants who finish the race within the designated time limit of their category and can be downloaded through official website.

How to define Local and Overseas Participants?

The definitions of Local Participants and Overseas Participants are as follows:

Local Participant: A holder of a valid Hong Kong Identity Card and registers using the Hong Kong Identity Card;
Overseas Participant: Any person who does not qualify as a Local Participant.

What are the available payment solutions?

The Organiser accepts online payment only. Participants may make the online payment with the following methods:

  • Master Card
  • Visa Card
  • Unionpay
  • Alipay

What do I do if I cannot participate after I have registered?

Other than for COVID-19 related reasons, a registrant can only withdraw and request for refund due to medical reasons. Such request for refund must be made in writing (via email to [email protected]) on or before 9 February 2023 to Marathon Registration and Runners’ Communication Office, along with relevant medical documents issued by a medical practitioner (registered with The Medical Council of Hong Kong or Overseas Governmental medical authorities). An administration charge of HKD 100 will be deducted from each refund, and the remaining entry fee will be refunded to the registrant in cheque and to be sent by post one month after the Event.

Successful registrants who are not permitted to and do not participate in the Event for COVID-19 related reasons will be entitled to a full refund if they satisfy one of the following criteria:

  1. Their polymerase chain reaction (PCR) Test at the testing facilities provided by the Organiser is positive.
  2. Their Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) conducted on the day of the Event is positive and they submit such a result as directed by the Organiser.
  3. They are subject to a Compulsory Quarantine Order (being an infected person of COVID-19 or a close contact of an infected person) on the last day of the collection of the Runner’s Pack or on the day of the Event and submit an official proof of such a status as directed by the Organiser before the Event.

Please note that both bib and timing chip are non-transferable. Participants must NOT transfer their bib and the timing chip to another person for participation in the race, or both persons will be disqualified, and no result will be provided.

 

Registration and Acceptance (Challenge Entry)

What is Challenge Entry?

Challenge Entry is to facilitate the registration of runners who achieved results in designated races to compete for the prizes of this Event. With an aim to enhance the race standard, in addition to the results achieved in Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2021, the Organiser also accepts results achieved by runners in other recognised races between 1 January 2021 and 31 October 2022.

In order to avoid large group of runners to gather at the start area under the pandemic, most of the runners will be started in the format of “Rolling Start”. “Mass Start” will be designated for runners who enter through Challenge Entry.

Registrants of this category must submit their personal results (Net Time) in any recognised races organised or sanctioned by the Organiser or the World Athletics (WA) or Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) between 1 January 2021 and 31 October 2022.

Personal Result – Distances Eligible Challenge Runs
Marathon Marathon Challenge
Half Marathon Marathon Challenge/Half Marathon Challenge
10km Half Marathon Challenge/10km Challenge
5km 10km Challenge

Registrants registered through the Challenge Entry can only enter the Challenge Race of their selected distance (Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km). In case registrants wish to enter a non-Challenge race, they should apply for such a race by way of the Public Ballot.

What is the criteria to enter the 25th Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon via Challenge Entry?

Registrants of this category must submit their personal results (Net Time) in any recognised races organised or sanctioned by the Organiser or World Athletics (WA) or Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) between 1 January 2021 and 31 October 2022.

Personal Result – Distances Eligible Challenge Runs
Marathon Marathon Challenge
Half Marathon Marathon Challenge/Half Marathon Challenge
10km Half Marathon Challenge/10km Challenge
5km 10km Challenge

Is Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon the only race accepted by the Organiser?

No. Results of the following races are all recognised by the Organiser:

Race Organiser/Sanctioning Body Race
World Athletics (WA) Gold/Silver/Bronze/Elite Label Races
Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) All Races
Hong Kong Association of Athletics Affiliates Limited (HKAAA) Hong Kong 5K Championships 2021
Sun Hung Kai Properties Hong Kong 10K Challenge 2021
Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2021
ASICS Hong Kong Half Marathon Challenge 2022

How do I register through Challenge Entry?

Participants registered through Challenge Entry may register from 4 November 2022 (Friday) at 10am to 10 November 2022 (Thursday) at 7pm. Upon submitting the registration, registrants are required to submit relevant proof as well.

If your submitted proof was achieved in races organized by the Hong Kong Association of Athletics Affiliates (HKAAA), you may select the name of the race and input your personal result directly in the registration system.
If your personal result was achieved in races sanctioned by World Athletics (WA) or Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS), you are required to upload the supporting document of your personal result (i.e. Certificate with result) to the registration system for verification by the Organiser.
Supporting documents for Challenge Entry must be submitted during the registration and before the registration deadline. A registrant failing to provide results at the time of application will be deemed to have withdrawn his/her registration and such registration will no longer be processed.

Are all runners eligible for Challenge Race via Challenge Entry?

No. If the number of eligible entries for the Challenge Entry exceeds the quota for the corresponding Challenge Race after registration closes, the Organiser will determine the acceptance list by ranking the registrants according to their submitted results and accepting those with better result.

An unsuccessful registrant who has registered through the Challenge Entry and who has chosen to enter for the Public Ballot upon unsuccessful registration will automatically be entered for the balloting of the same race distance for the Public Ballot. If an unsuccessful registrant has chosen not to enter for the Public Ballot upon unsuccessful registration, he/she can consider submitting another entry via Public Ballot from 15 November 2022 (Tuesday) 10am to 21 November 2022 (Monday) 7pm.

When will the result of Challenge Entry be announced?

After verification of all Challenge Entry registration, registrants will be informed of the Challenge Entry result via email on 14 November 2022 (Monday) from 2pm onwards. The notification email will be sent to the email address provided by the participant in the Challenge Entry registration. Successful registrants must complete the payment by 18 November 2022 (Friday) 11:59pm. Otherwise, registrants will be considered as forfeiting the entry.

An unsuccessful registrant who has registered through the Challenge Entry and who has chosen to enter for the Public Ballot upon unsuccessful registration will automatically be entered for the balloting of the same race distance for the Public Ballot. If an unsuccessful registrant has chosen not to enter for the Public Ballot upon unsuccessful registration, he/she can consider submitting another entry during the registration period for the Public Ballot or the Charity Entry. Result of Public Ballot will be announced at 2pm on 25 November 2022 (Friday) onwards on the Marathon website. Registered runners may log into the Runner Dashboard to check the result. The Organiser will also inform all registered runners of their registration status via email and SMS.

Is there any waiting list for Challenge Entry?

No. There is no waiting list for Challenge Entry.

 

Registration and Acceptance (Disability Entry)

What is Disability Entry?

With an aim to uphold Physically Handicapped and Abled-Bodied (PHAB) integration, Disability Entry is further introduced in the 25th Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon (with 150 quotas reserved). Such registrants can select the race distance (Marathon, Half Marathon or 10km – same route courses as those for Public Ballot). Assignment of race category and start time shall be made by the Organiser at its sole discretion.

What are the criteria and regulations to enter the 25th Standard Chartered Registrants with the following type(s) of disability and hold a valid Registration Card for People with Disabilities issued by the Hong Kong SAR Government, are eligible to make a registration through the Disability Entry:

  1. Hearing impairment
  2. Visual impairment
  3. Physical disability
  4. Speech impairment
  5. Intellectual disability
  6. Mental illness
  7. Autism
  8. Visceral disability/chronic illness
  9. Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  10. Specific Learning Difficulties

Participants must be able to participate without use of any external auxiliary equipment in the race, except for prosthetic limb(s).

What kind of certificates I need to submit if I enter via Disability Entry?

The registration of Disability Entry opens at 10am on 15 November 2022 (Tuesday) on a first-come, first-served basis, and closes at 7pm on 30 December 2022 (Friday). The Organiser reserves the right to close entries before the deadline without any notice, once the quota is full.

Registrants must submit a valid Registration Card for People with Disabilities issued by Hong Kong SAR Government at the time of submitting their registration. Both sides of the document must be presented for verification.
Results will be announced by email upon verification. Registrants may also login to the registration system via www.hkmarathon.com to check the registration result thereafter.

If I am a visually impaired runner, can I register for my guide runner as well?

Yes.

After a visually impaired runner has successfully registered for the race and completed the payment for the Entry, registration of his/her guide runner can be completed. The registration information will be sent to the same email address as the one provided by the visually impaired runners. The registration for guide runners closes at 11:59pm on 5 January 2023 (Thursday). The registration information and payment method will be sent to the visually impaired runner by email.

The guide runner will only be assigned to the same race as his/her visually impaired partner.

Can I register for both Public Ballot and Disability Entry?

No. Each registrant should register for one race category only.

 

Registration and Acceptance (Guaranteed Entry)

What is Guaranteed Entry?

Guaranteed Entry is designated only for accepted participants of the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2020 who were not drawn from the balloting of Guaranteed Entry in Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2021. Such remaining accepted participants are only eligible to apply in the 25th Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon in the same race distance as they were accepted participants in the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2020. Such remaining accepted participants may only apply under Guaranteed Entry either in the 25th Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon or the next Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon and there shall be no further Guaranteed Entry thereafter.

Eligible registrants can only register for the non-Challenge race which is the same distance as the race of the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2020 applied, i.e. runners who applied for 10km race in the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2020 can only apply for 10km race in the 25th Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon.

How do I register through Guaranteed Entry?

Registrants qualified for Guaranteed Entry may register from 10 November 2022 (Thursday) at 10am to 14 November 2022 (Monday) at 7pm. The registration for Guaranteed Entry will be on a ballot basis.

Upon submitting the registration, registrants are required to submit his/her Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2020 registration ID and information as well. Participants shall ensure that the registration ID and information provided is accurate; any mismatched information will result in a loss of eligibility to apply for the race in the 25th Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon without further notice.

Registrants can only enter non-Challenge race of the same distance race as the race of Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2020 applied.

I applied for the Marathon race (42.195km) in the 2020 race. Can I apply for 10km this year via Guaranteed Entry?

The Organiser will offer Guaranteed Entry for the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2020 runners of core races (Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10km Race) for the same distance race in the 25th Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon. For registrants who are considering other distances, they should register via regular registration channels of the 25th Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon (e.g. Challenge Entry, Public Ballot, etc).

Can I register more than once?

A registrant can only submit one registration for the races to be held on the same day unless he/she is an unsuccessful registrant for the Challenge Entry or the Guaranteed Entry in which case, he/she can submit one further registration for the Public Ballot. In case of violations, duplicate registrations or registrations will be rejected or cancelled by the Organiser without prior notice. No entry fee will be refunded and redemption of the runner’s pack will not be entertained.

When would the Guaranteed Entry registration start?

The registration period of all the races are as follows:

Races Registration Period
Marathon 10 November 2022 (Thursday), 10am to
14 November 2022 (Monday), 7pm
Half Marathon
10km

When will the Guaranteed Entry result be announced?

The Guaranteed Entry result will be announced at 2pm on 18 November 2022 (Friday) onwards on the Marathon website. Registered runners may log into the Runner Dashboard to check the result. The Organiser will also inform all registered runners of their registration status via email and SMS.
An unsuccessful registrant who has registered through the Guaranteed Entry and who has chosen to enter for the Public Ballot upon unsuccessful registration will automatically be entered for the balloting of the same race distance for the Public Ballot. If an unsuccessful registrant has chosen not to enter for the Public Ballot upon unsuccessful registration, he/she can consider submitting another entry during the registration period for the Public Ballot or the Charity Entry. Results of the Public Ballot will be announced at 2pm on 25 November 2022 (Friday) by email, SMS and the Marathon website. Registered runners may log into the Runner Dashboard to check the result.

I applied for Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2021 via Guarantee Entry, but my registration was unsuccessful. Can I apply for the race via Guaranteed Entry in the 25th Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon?

Yes. Any runners who were not drawn from the balloting of Guaranteed Entry in Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2021, are still eligible to register in the 25th Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon via Guaranteed Entry.

When will the payment period close?

Status Payment Period
Successful Registrants 18 November 2022 (Friday), 2pm to
22 November 2022 (Tuesday), 11:59pm

Registrants who fail to complete the payment within the above period will be considered as forfeiting the entry.

How should I complete the payment?

All successful registrants should complete the payment online during the payment period, using the following methods:

  • Master Card
  • Visa Card
  • Unionpay
  • Alipay

A system-generated email will be sent to the successful registrant upon completion of payment as a confirmation.

Is there any waiting list for Guaranteed Entry?

No. There is no waiting list for Guaranteed Entry. If an unsuccessful registrant has chosen not to enter for the Public Ballot upon unsuccessful registration, he/she can consider submitting another entry via Public Ballot from 15 November 2022 (Tuesday) 10am to 21 November 2022 (Monday) 7pm.

Can I reserve our Guaranteed Quota for next year?

Eligible registrants who have got a place via other regular registration channels (e.g. Challenge Entry, Public Ballot etc) in 25th Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon, their eligibility for Guaranteed Entry will not be extended to the next Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon.

Any eligible registrants who have not used their Guaranteed Entry quota and participated through other entries in 2021 and 25th Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon, their quotas will be reserved for the 26th Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon and there shall be no further Guaranteed Entry thereafter.

 

Registration and Acceptance (Public Ballot)

How can I register for the event?

The public registration for 10km, Half Marathon and Marathon will continue to be on ballot basis. Runners can register for the Public Ballot by submitting an online registration, which contains their personal details, contact information, emergency contact details and estimated finishing time.
All runners must provide an email address when they register. Each email address and HKID/Passport number can only be used for registration ONCE.

Can I register more than once?

A registrant can only submit one registration for the races to be held on the same day unless he/she is an unsuccessful registrant for the Challenge Entry or the Guaranteed Entry in which case, he/she can submit one further registration for the Public Ballot. In case of violations, duplicate registrations or registrations will be rejected or cancelled by the Organiser without prior notice. No entry fee will be refunded and redemption of the runner’s pack will not be entertained.

When would the registration start?

The registration period of all the races are as follows:

Races Registration Period
Marathon 15 November 2022 (Tuesday), 10am to
21 November 2022 (Monday), 7pm
Half Marathon
10km

May I choose the start time and race category?

No. Registrants can only choose the distance they want to enter, and it cannot be amended once the registration is completed. The Organiser will assign the runners to a designated start time. The estimated finishing time provided by the registrants in their registration will be one of the criteria for the assignment of race. No request for any change to another category, race or start time will be entertained by the Organiser.

How can I confirm that my registration has been accepted?

A notification message will be sent to your registered email once your registration is submitted for balloting. A registrant must ensure that his/her designated email is correct, valid, can receive notification from the Organiser and will continue to be in use.

If you do not receive any notification messages, you may log into the registration system to check your contact information. If you experience any system errors, please call the Marathon Hotline (852) 2577 0800.

When will the Public Ballot result be announced?

The Public Ballot result will be announced at 2pm on 25 November 2022 (Friday) onwards on the Marathon website. Registered runners may log into the Runner Dashboard to check the result. The Organiser will also inform all registered runners of their registration status via email and SMS.

The second-round ballot result will be announced at 2pm on 12 December 2022 (Monday) onwards on Marathon website and via email. Registrants on waiting list may log into the registration system to check the result.

When will the payment period close?

Status Payment Period
Successful registrants in first-round ballot 25 November 2022 (Friday), 2pm to
29 November 2022 (Tuesday), 11:59pm
Successful registrants in second-round ballot 12 December 2022 (Monday), 2pm to
16 December 2022 (Friday), 11:59pm

Registrants who fail to complete the payment within the above period will be considered as forfeiting the entry.

How should I complete the payment?

All successful registrants should complete the payment online during the payment period, using the following methods:

  • Master Card
  • Visa Card
  • Unionpay
  • Alipay

A system-generated email will be sent to the successful registrant upon completion of payment as a confirmation.

What should I do if I experienced problems and system timeout during the online registration process?

If your registration is incomplete or unsuccessful, please resubmit a new registration.

If I could not get a spot in the Public Ballot, what are the other options for gaining an entry for the 25th Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon?

Unsuccessful registrants via Public Ballot may enroll for the 25th Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon through Charity Entry. The registration of Charity Entry opens at 10am on 19 December 2022 (Monday) on a first-come, first-served basis, and closes at 7pm on 30 December 2022 (Friday). The Organiser reserves the right to close entries before the deadline without any notice, once the quota is full.

 

Registration and Acceptance (Charity Entry)

What is Charity Entry?

The Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon is committed to serving the community and supporting different charitable causes. The Charity Entry is open to the participants who wish to support our official beneficiaries. Registrants can choose the Marathon, Half Marathon or 10km non-Challenge Race in the 25th Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon.

What are the official beneficiaries of the 25th Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon?

The 3 official charities of the 25th Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon are:

  • Hong Kong Sports Association for the Physically Disabled;
  • The Hong Kong Anti-Cancer Society; and
  • Futuremakers’ First Job Youth Employment and Subsidy Programme

After deducting the Event entry fee, (i.e. Marathon HKD600, Half Marathon HKD520 and 10km HKD420), the remaining amount will be served as Charity fee and be donated to the 3 charities mentioned above evenly.

When can I register through Charity Entry?

The registration of Charity Entry will open at 10am on 19 December 2022 (Monday), on a first-come, first-served basis. Runners may choose to participate in the non-Challenge race of Marathon, Half Marathon and 10km through Charity Entry. The registration period will end at 7pm on 30 December 2022 (Friday). The Organiser reserves the right to close entries before the deadline without any notice, once the quota is full.

How much is the entry fee for Charity Entry?

The entry fees of Charity Entry are as follows:

  • Marathon: HKD1,950
  • Half Marathon: HKD1,720
  • 10km: HKD1,560

The fee includes race entry fee and the donation which will be equally donated to the 3 Official Beneficiaries and is tax-deductible with official receipts to be issued by the beneficiary(ies) in 2023.

 

Runner’s Pack Collection

When will the Runner’s Pack Collection Letter be issued?

The “Runner’s Pack Collection Letter” will be sent to all successful registrants via email, starting in late January 2023. Registrants can also login to the Runner Dashboard via the official Marathon website to download the Collection Letter. The Collection Letter indicates the runner’s name, category, and bib number, along with a QR Code for identification and redemption purpose.

If you do not receive your Runner’s Pack Collection Email by 3 February 2023 (Friday), please call the Marathon Hotline (852) 2577 0800 and contact the Marathon Registration and Runners’ Communication Office.

When can I pick up my Runner’s Pack?

You can pick up your Runner’s Pack in person by presenting the Runner’s Pack Collection Email (with QR code embedded) and your HKID card/passport copy at the venue.

Date Location
10 February 2023 (Friday) – 11 February 2023 (Saturday) The Soccer Pitches, Victoria Park, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong (Causeway Bay MTR Station Exit E via Sugar Street)

* Temperature check will be conducted at the entrance as part of our anti-pandemic measures.

What should I bring on my booked collection and testing day?

After making reservation and submitting health declaration form, you can visit the Victoria Park at your booked time slot with the following items:

  • Confirmation email of the runner’s pack collection online reservation (“reservation confirmation”)
  • Runner’s Pack Collection Email (with QR code embedded)
  • HKID card/passport (True Copy)
  • Vaccine Pass or Vaccination Record (Either electronic copy or hardcopy)
  • Online health declaration acknowledgement email

Am I only allowed to collect my Runner’s Pack at the reserved Runner’s Pack collection date and time?

Yes, in order to avoid congestion and shorten the waiting time, runners must follow their reserved Runner’s Pack collection date and time on the reservation confirmation.

Would it be possible to authorize another person to pick up my runner’s pack on my behalf?

No. Participants should collect their Runner’s Pack as stated on their Runner’s Pack Collection Letter (i.e. from 10-11 February 2023) in person and conduct PCR test for COVID-19 provided by the Organiser at the runners’ pack collection point. After verification of the vaccination records of the participants, an Event Wristband will be put on the wrist of the participant. Runners are required to wear the Event wristband until the finish the race on Race Day.

Would it be possible to send the Runner’s Pack to me by post?

No. Runner’s Packs will NOT be sent by post. This is to avoid the risk of losing the package during postage.

Why would I need to wear the wristband? Can I take it off?

No. Runners must wear the provided Event Wristband until finishing the Race.
After verification of the vaccination records of the participants, an Event Wristband will be put on the wrist of the participant. Only participants who were both the Event Wristbands and Runner Bibs will be allowed to enter the race venues on 12 February 2023. Event Wristband can only be taken off after the race.

Is it a must to take the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test before the event?

Yes. According to the anti-pandemic guidelines and regulations from the Hong Kong SAR Government, you must take the COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test provided by the designated service provider at the Victoria Park on the Runner’s Pack Collection Day. Timeslots reservation services will be arranged.

Can I join the races with COVID-19 PCR testing results provided by other testing institutions?

COVID-19 PCR testings powered by BGI Health (HK) at the Victoria Park between 10 February 2023 (Friday) and 11 February 2023 (Saturday) are the only officially recognized COVID-19 PCR testings by the 25th Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon. Testing results from Community Testing Centres or clinics are not accepted.

Can I present my electronic vaccination record for collecting the runner’s pack?

Yes, both paper and electronic records will be accepted. Nevertheless, a valid vaccination pass should be presented.

Would it be possible to change the size of T-shirt?

No. Runners can choose their size of T-shirt when they make payment for their entry. Once the size of T-shirt is submitted and payment is completed, the runner cannot amend the size of T-shirt.

If I could not receive or have lost my Runner’s Pack Collection Email, what can I do?

Registrants can login to Runner Dashboard via the official Marathon website to download the Collection Email.

What are included in the Runner’s Pack?

Each Runner’s Pack includes the following items:

  • Bib
  • Timing Chip (attached on the bib)
  • Important Notice
  • Baggage Bag & Tag
  • Event T-shirt
  • Rapid Antigen Test
  • Other Souvenirs

To work towards a greener marathon, the Organiser will not distribute hard copies of the Runner’s Guide (Event Handbook) at the venue. Participants may download the e-version on the Marathon website.

If participants would like to purchase a print copy of the Runner’s Guide, limited stocks will be available for purchase at designated booth in the Sponsor Zone on the day of the race pack collection. The Runner’s Guide will be sold at HKD20 each.

Please make sure you have checked the name, gender and race category printed on the bib before you leave the venue. Should you have any questions, please approach the officials at the Information Counter.

 

COVID-19 Vaccinations and Testing Arrangement

Why do we need to have COVID-19 vaccination?

As required by the Hong Kong SAR Government, all runners participating in the Event are required to fulfil the Vaccine Pass and other related anti-pandemic requirements imposed by the Hong Kong SAR Government at the relevant time.

What is meant by “Vaccine Pass”?

All participants MUST meet the latest requirement of the “Vaccine Pass” announced by the Hong Kong Government (For details: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/vaccine-pass.html).

What do I do if I am infected by COVID-19 after registration and before the race?

Other than for COVID-19 related reasons, a registrant can only withdraw and request for refund due to medical reasons. Such request for refund must be made in writing (via email to [email protected]) on or before 9 February 2023 to Marathon Registration and Runners’ Communication Office, along with relevant medical documents issued by a medical practitioner (registered with The Medical Council of Hong Kong or Overseas Governmental medical authorities). An administration charge of HKD100 will be deducted from each refund, and the remaining entry fee will be refunded to the registrant in cheque and to be sent by post one month after the Event.

Successful registrants who are not permitted to and do not participate in the Event for COVID-19 related reasons will be entitled to a full refund if they satisfy one of the following criteria:

  1. Their polymerase chain reaction (PCR) Test at the testing facilities provided by the Organiser is positive.
  2. Their Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) conducted on the day of the Event is positive and they submit such a result as directed by the Organiser.
  3. They are subject to a Compulsory Quarantine Order (being an infected person of COVID-19 or a close contact of an infected person) on the last day of the collection of the Runner’s Pack or on the day of the Event and submit an official proof of such a status as directed by the Organiser before the Event.

Please note that both bib and timing chip are non-transferable. Participants must NOT transfer their bib and the timing chip to another person for participation in the race, or both persons will be disqualified, and no result will be provided.

 

Preparation for Race Day

What should I wear to run?

Participants are advised to dress in proper sportswear and running shoes for the race. The Event Wristband and bib (with the timing chip) should be displayed near your chest and clearly visible at all times during the race to enable race officials to identify your race number.

What should I bring with me on Race Day?

You must bring the Event Wristband, bib (with the timing chip) and safety pins to the race and arrive with your mask on.

Runners are advised to read the Runner’s Guide (Event Handbook) on the Marathon website before the Race Day.

What anti-pandemic measures shall I pay attention on the Race Day?

Runners must undergo a rapid antigen test (RAT) for COVID-19 and present a picture of the negative RAT results on the day of the Event for checking before entering the race venues.

Runners must scan the venue QR code before entering the race venue on race day, present the BLUE code in the ‘LeaveHomeSafe’ application for officials checking and conduct temperature check to confirm for body temperature is lower than 37.5 °C.

Runners must wear their mask upon arrival and right after the race, as well as their designated Event Wristband and race bib at all times during the race. Runners who fail to properly wear their Event Wristband and race bib or who fail the temperature check or who fail to comply with latest anti-pandemic requirements will not be allowed to participate in the race and no entry fees will be refunded.

If any participants are tested positive either in the PCR test or the RAT, he/she must stay home and inform the relevant government department or such test result. Such participant will not be allowed to participate in the Event.

Successful registrants who are from overseas or who are returning to Hong Kong SAR from overseas should pay particular attention to the latest restrictions and requirements imposed by the Hong Kong SAR Government which may affect their personal collection of the Runner’s Pack or their participation in the Event. No refund will be made to them for failure to meet such restrictions and requirements. The above requirements are subject to such changes by the Hong Kong SAR Government and please refer to the latest requirements as may be from time to time be published by the Organiser.

Runners may click here for the current Vaccine Pass and other related anti-pandemic requirements imposed by the Hong Kong SAR Government on the Event. Anti-pandemic Arrangements are briefly set out which all participants must read.

Do I need to buy my own insurance?

Public Liability Insurance is covered by the Organiser. Participants are advised to take up their own personal or other insurance policies according to their needs separately.

All participants are urged to seek medical advice of their physical condition before participating in the Event. All participants must read and complete the “Health Conditions Form and Recommendations for Runners” before the registration and the race. Participants should also understand their physical conditions may not be suitable for participating in the race. All participants who have answered a “Yes” to any of the questions on the “Health Conditions Form and Recommendations for Runners” are strongly recommended to consult for medical advice by phone or in person. Such participants should only participate at the race if their doctor advises that their physical condition is fit participate without risk.

Would there be special transportation arrangement on the Race Day morning?

Participants are encouraged to travel by public transport on Race Day morning. The Organiser is working closely with public transport service providers for arranging special early services, from designated areas to the Starts in Tsim Sha Tsui and Island Eastern Corridor (Near Fortress Hill). Details will be announced in the Special Transportation Arrangement in the Runner’s Guide (Event Handbook) published on the Marathon website.

Do I need to arrive at the Start earlier to prepare for the race?

All participants are required to start the race at their designated start time. Please reserve sufficient time for warm up and proceeding to the Start Area. Those who fail to arrive the Start Area on time will not be able to take part in the race. Detailed Race Day arrangement will be listed in the Runner’s Guide (Event Handbook).

Will cut off times be set for the races?

Yes. Cut off times will be set for each start. Details will be listed in the Runner’s Guide (Event Handbook).

Do I need to report to any officials for check-in upon my arrival on the race day?

No, you may proceed to the Waiting Zone directly. Only participants with valid bibs and Event Wristband will be allowed to enter the Start Area, and Race Officials will be authorized to check your entry validity.

If I fail to arrive at the Start at the designated start time, may I still participate in the race?

No. The start time of all races has been listed in Runner’s Guide (Event Handbook) on the official Marathon website.

All participants must start the race at their designated start time. Late participants will not be allowed to enter the Start Area.

If I forget to bring my bib on the race day, can I redeem it?

No. No bib will be distributed on the race day. Runners without a valid bib and race wristband for Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2021 will not be allowed to start the race.

If I forget to bring my bib on the race day, can I enter the Start Area?

No. No bib will be distributed on the race day. Runners without a valid bib and Event Wristband for the 25th Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon will not be allowed to start the race.

Can I transfer my bib and timing chip to another runner if I cannot attend the race?

No. Both bib and timing chips are non-transferable. Upon discovery of such irregularities, participants concerned will be disqualified and the Organiser reserves the right to reject their registrations for any future HKAAA events.

 

En-route

Can I take photos during the race?

Participants are advised not to take photos at Start Area, en-route and Finish Area, due to the large numbers of participants and some parts of the course are relatively narrow.

Participants of Half Marathon and Marathon are required to run through the Western Harbour Crossing according to the race route layout. Is the air quality inside the tunnel suitable for running?

Yes, the air quality inside the tunnel will be closely monitored during the race. The southbound tunnel will be closed from 00:45am on Race Day and sufficient fresh air will be pumped into the Tunnel.

Air quality in the past has indicated that it is suitable for running events to be conducted inside the Tunnel.

Are there any safety concerns with the participants running along vehicles on the roads?

Traffic will be shut down along the race route during the Event. The Police will also cordon off associated areas for a specified period of time to allow participants to pass through in safe conditions. Only the emergency vehicles and official cars will be using the Emergency Vehicles Access (EVA) alongside with the race route. To ensure the emergency vehicles can reach the incident locations without any delay, participants should not access the EVA under any circumstance and to follow the instructions given by the race officials.

In case of emergency, the authorities and the Organiser have the absolute right to close the route, stop the race and/or alter the route without prior notice.

Will there be any distance markings along the course and how far are they separated?

Yes. According to the international standard for road races, markings will be provided every 1km along the route in all races.

Is the Marathon course very hilly?

The elevation of the Marathon course ranges from 30 meters below sea level to 90 meters above sea level. The lowest point of the entire route will be located inside Western Harbour Crossing and the highest point will be the Tsing Ma Bridge section.

What kinds of fluids will be provided along the course?

Distilled water and sports drinks will be provided at the water stations along the course. Distilled water will be provided at the Finish Area.

Where will the First Aid Stations be located?

First Aid Services will be provided by Auxiliary Medical Service. First Aid Stations will be located at the Start Area, all water stations along the routes and at the Finish Area. Ambulances will also be on stand-by along the course.

Are there any toilet facilities along the course?

Mobile toilets will be available at the Start Area, water stations and at the Finish Area.

Are there any cut-off points and time limits? What will happen if I cannot complete the race within the time limit?

Race Cut-off Time
Marathon 6 hours
Half Marathon 2.5 hours (Challenge)
3 hours (Non-Challenge)
10km 2 hours

Details of the time limits and cut-off points could be found in the Runner’s Guide (Event Handbook), which will be published on the Marathon website in due course. If you are unable to reach the checkpoint within the time limit, you will be stopped by the Race Officials and asked to board the official buses. Your bib will be marked by the Race Official after boarding the bus. Refreshments including water and banana will be available on board.

What should I do if I need to withdraw from the event?

You should proceed to the nearest water or sponge station, declare your intention to withdraw from the race. The official bus will then take you to the Finish Area.

 

After the Race

Where do I go after I cross the Finish Line?

Upon crossing the Finish Line, runners must wear their mask right after the race (masks will be distributed at the Finish Area). Participants are advised to leave the Finish Area and refreshment collecting area as soon as possible, to avoid congestion or blockage to runners who are arriving at the Finish Line.

How do I leave Victoria Park after the race?

After the race, you may leave Victoria Park via Hing Fat Street to Tin Hau MTR Station and/or via Causeway Road/Gate 10 to Causeway Bay MTR station.

Are there any parking spaces available near the Finish Area?

Participants are advised to take public transport to travel to/from the Finish Area. No parking spaces are available at the venue on Race Day. If you need a pick-up, you may arrange for the car to wait at Ngan Mok Street, Tin Hau.

 

Baggage Deposit and Collection

Please notice:

  1. Only dry clothing (e.g. shirts, pants, socks and shoes) will be accepted. To avoid getting wet, please put clothes in plastic bags for extra protection.
  2. No fruit and water will be accepted for hygienic reasons.
  3. Bags will be put in open air overnight before collection. Bags deposit will solely be at Runners’ own risk. HKAAA will not be held responsible for any item/s lost during the deposit period.

Where is the baggage deposit and collection area?

Free baggage deposit services will be provided by the Organiser, for runners to deposit their clothes which will be used after they have finished the race. Runners are reminded not to deposit any valuable item. The baggage deposit area is located as follows:

Race Deposit Location Deposit Time
Marathon The Soccer Pitches, Victoria Park, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong 10 February 2023 (Friday) to
11 February 2023 (Saturday)
Half Marathon
10km

* Baggage handling services are not available on Race Day.
** For more details, please refer to Runner’s Guide (Event Handbook) published on the Marathon website.

Will baggage deposit service be provided on Race Day?

No. No baggage deposit service will be provided on Race Day (12 February 2023).

Runners who wish to deposit their personal belongings should do so on the day of Runner’s Pack collection and testing, from 10 February 2023 (Friday) to 11 February 2023 (Saturday).

If you forget to bring your belongings to be deposited, you should present your Event Wristband, official baggage bag and tag to gain access at the baggage area gate near the Swimming Pool (near Tin Hau MTR Station) of the Victoria Park during the period mentioned above.

Can I use my own bag for baggage deposit? Will baggage bags & tags be provided on the Race Day?

No. You can only use the baggage bag & tag provided by the Organiser. No baggage bag & tag and baggage deposit service will be provided on Race Day.

When will the baggage deposit services be closed?

The baggage deposit services closing time will be announced soon.

What can I do if my baggage is lost?

You can seek assistance from the race officials at the “Lost & Found” counter located at the baggage collection area on Race Day. Please do not deposit valuable or dangerous item(s). The Organiser will not be responsible for any loss or damage, and runners will be solely accountable for the items they deposit in case of any dispute.

Where can I collect my bag after the Race?

Race Collection Location
Marathon The Soccer Pitches, Victoria Park, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Half Marathon
10km

* For more details, please refer to Runner’s Guide (Event Handbook) published on the Marathon website.

How long does it take to collect the baggage?

Participants may collect their baggage right after the race.

 

Competition Rules & Regulations

Is there any official cut-off time/time limit?

Yes. There are cut-off times and separate time limits set in specific locations along the course for each race. If you are unable to reach the checkpoint within the time limit, you will be stopped by the Race Officials and asked to board the official buses. Your bib will be marked by the Race Official after boarding the bus.

Race Cut-off Time
Marathon 6 hours
Half Marathon 2.5 hours (Challenge)
3 hours (Non-Challenge)
10km 2 hours

* For more details, please refer to Runner’s Guide (Event Handbook) published on the Marathon website.

What race regulations will be applied to the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon?

WA/AIMS technical rules and regulations will be enforced in Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon.

What will happen if I start in the wrong race?

No results and no certificate will be provided if you start at any Starting Time other than the one assigned to you.

What will happen if I exchange or transfer my Bib and Timing Chip with/to others?

Bib and Timing Chips are non-transferable once your entry is accepted. Upon discovery of such irregularities, participants concerned will be disqualified and HKAAA reserves the right to reject their applications for any future HKAAA events.

Can I run with my pet, kids or use any form of wheel-run objects in the race?

No. Pets, kids, roller sneakers or any form of wheel-run objects, e.g. wheelchairs, bicycles, skates, push carts, etc, are strictly prohibited in the course.

 

Result

What if I forgot to bring my Bib with Timing Chip on the Race Day? Am I going to be assigned with another Timing Chip?

Timing Chip will be attached at the back of the Bib. Bib and Timing Chip will not be distributed on the Race Day, and both of them are not transferable.

Remember to bring your Bib with Timing Chip on Race Day. Otherwise, you will not be allowed to participate in the race.

Can I exchange my Timing Chip with others?

No. Each Timing Chip has a specific number which matches with the participants’ information and the matching is completed before the race. Therefore, the Timing Chip cannot be changed, exchanged or sold to other people. Otherwise, you and the transferee will both be disqualified from the race.

When and where can I check my result?

The list of winners will be posted on the result board at the Finish Area on Race Day. Full results of all finishers will be announced via the Marathon website at www.hkmarathon.com from 12 February 2023 (Sunday) after 10pm.

What should I do if I have doubts about race result?

Should you have any questions about your result, please send your inquiry to the Marathon Registration and Runners’ Communication Office via email.

Email: [email protected]

Will I see my results on the website if I ran beyond the time limit?

According to the race regulations, your result will not be published on the website if you cannot complete the race within the time limit. No certificates and Finisher Medals will be awarded.

If I registered for the Marathon and I decided to run the Half Marathon/10km on Race Day, can I still get the Half Marathon/10km’s Result and Certificate?

No. You are only allowed to run in the race assigned by the Organiser. If you ran in the wrong race, you will neither get results nor the certificate and you will be disqualified.

Will I receive both Official Time and Net Time results after the race?

Runners of the Challenge race will receive both Official Time and Net Time results with the Standard Start Time arrangement.

What are the differences between the Official Time (Gun Time) and Chip Time (Net Time)?

An Official Time (Gun Time) is the time from the sound of the Starter’s signal to the time when you cross the Finish Line.

The Chip Time (Net Time) is the time from when you cross the timing mats at the Start Line, to the time when you cross the timing mats at the Finish Line.

How can I get the Progress Award Certificate and Certificate of Achievement?

Progress Award Certificates will be awarded to participants who completed the same race as the 2021 race and distance but with better times. E-Certificates for qualified runners will be uploaded to the official website after the race.

 

Prize & Prize Presentation Ceremony

Are prizes presented according to Official Time or Net Time?

All prizes will be awarded according to the Official Time and this is in accordance with the WA competition rules for Road Races. Net times are for personal reference only.

What divisions of the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon will receive awards?

Trophies will be presented to the first three winners of the Marathon Challenge, Half Marathon Challenge and 10km Challenge.

What is the prize money of the 25th Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon?

The total prize money for the Marathon is USD188,000 and a total special award of HKD144,000 will be awarded to the winners of various categories who are Permanent Residents of Hong Kong.

To celebrate the 25th edition of the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon, Special Incentive Award amounted to HKD10,000 will be awarded to participants of Marathon Challenge who are permanent residents of Hong Kong achieving finishing time set. Details please refer to “Prize” page.

How to define a Permanent Resident of Hong Kong?

Permanent Residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region shall be persons who are qualified to obtain Hong Kong Permanent Identity Cards in accordance with the Basic Law Chapter III, Article 24 of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

Where and when will the Prize Presentation Ceremony be conducted?

The Prize Presentation Ceremony will commence at the Finish Area (Victoria Park) on the Race Day morning (12 February 2023). All awarded winners will be invited to receive their prizes. Details will be announced soon.

Where and when do the prize winners report to the race officials?

Winners must report to the race officials 30 minutes before the commencement of the prize presentation ceremony at the Winners Booth located at the Finish Area (Victoria Park). If winners fail to attend the Prize Presentation Ceremony on time, he/she will not be allowed to redeem his/her prize after the Event.

If I wish to file an appeal regarding the results on Race Day, what should I do?

For prize winners or potential prize winners who wish to dispute the results, a written appeal must be submitted to the Result Referee at the Finish Area, with a deposit of HKD800 or USD100 within 30 minutes after the official announcement of the results. The deposit will not be refunded if the appeals are not successful. The Organiser reserves the right not to entertain any dispute or appeal submitted thereafter.

For non-winners, any disputes regarding their personal results must be submitted in written form within 3 days of the announcement of the results on the Marathon website.

 

Other Information

Is the Race covered by any insurance?

Public Liability Insurance is covered by the Organiser. Participants are advised to take up their own personal or other insurance policies separately, if necessary. All participants are urged to seek medical advice of their physical condition before participating in the Event. All participants must read and complete the “Health Conditions Form and Recommendations for Runners” before the registration and the race. Participants should also understand their physical conditions may not be suitable for participating in the race. All participants who have answered a “Yes” to any of the questions on the “Health Conditions Form and Recommendations for Runners” are strongly recommended to consult for medical advice by phone or in person. Such participants should only participate at the race if their doctor advises that their physical condition is fit participate without risk.

Is there any public viewing area for spectators/supporters?

No. For the purpose of reducing the overcrowded and maintain of the social distance, there will be no spectator zones or public cheering zones available.

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