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Event Information

When is the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2021?

The Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2021 will be held on Sunday, 24 October.

How many race categories are there for the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2021?

The race categories of Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2021 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 Elite, Half Marathon Elite and 10km Elite 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 2021 (count by Year of Birth)
Half Marathon Participants must be aged 16 or above as of 2021 (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 within the past 3 years. 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 Western Harbour Tunnel, Kowloon Crossing Toll Plaza, 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 Elite 06:00 am Mass Start
Marathon Run 1 06:20 am – 06:35 am Rolling Start
Marathon Run 2 06:45 am – 07:00 am Rolling Start
Half Marathon Elite 05:45 am Mass Start
Half Marathon Run 1 07:50 am – 08:05 am Rolling Start
Half Marathon Run 2 08:10 am – 08:25 am Rolling Start
Half Marathon Run 3 08:30 am – 08:45 am Rolling Start
10km Elite 05:45 am Mass Start
10km Run 1 08:40 am – 08:55 am Rolling Start
10km Run 2 09:00 am – 09:20 am Rolling Start
10km Run 3 09:25 am – 09:45 am Rolling Start
10km Run 4 09:50 am – 10:10 am Rolling Start

What is the difference between Standard Start Time 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

The definitions of Standard Start Time and Rolling Start are as follows.
Standard Start Time: Particpants station at the start line at a specific time assigned by the Organizer
Rolling Start: Participants will be assigned into different groups and start within a designated time period.

 

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 special transportation arrangement on the Race Day morning?

MTR will provide special early train service for runners to arrive the Starts in Tsim Sha Tsui and Western Harbour Tunnel Kowloon Toll Plaza. 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 Race 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.

 

Registration Fees

How much is the entry fee?

The entry fees of each race category are listed below:

Race Category Local Participants Oversea participates
10km HK$360 US$60
Half Marathon HK$400 US$65
Marathon HK$450 US$70

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 register for their entry. Once the size of T-shirt is submitted, the runner cannot amend the size of T-shirt.

b) A runner’s pack
The pack includes a bib with timing chip and safety pins and baggage bag and tag.

c) En-route support
Refreshment and water will be provided at water stations along the course

d) Runner’s service
Clothes 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 & 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.

 

How to define Local and Overseas Participants?

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

Local Participants: A holder of a valid Hong Kong Identity Card and registers using the Hong Kong Identity Card;
Overseas Participants: A runner 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?

Only application of withdrawal with medical reasons will be considered. Medical certificates issued by medical practitioners (Registered to The Medical Council of Hong Kong or Overseas Governmental Medical Authorities) must be submitted to the Marathon Registration and Runners’ Communication Office

Thursday 21 October 2021.

An administration fee of HK$100 will be applied for the refund, the remaining entry fee will be remitted to the participant by post one month after the race. Please note that both bib and timing chip are non-transferable. You must NOT transfer your 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 (Elite Entry)

What is “Elite Entry”?

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 for format of “Rolling Start”.  “Elite Start” will be designated for runners who enter through “Elite Entry”, to compete for the prizes of this Event.

Runners who achieved the specified time standards between 1 January 2018 and 30 June 2021 will be eligible to apply for the “Elite Race” through “Elite Entry”.

Applicant can only register the race distance with the eligible race with the qualifying result submitted, i.e. runner who submits the result of previous 10km race can apply for 10km or the Half Marathon race in the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2021.  Please refer to the below table for details.

Participants registered through “Elite Entry” will be assigned to Elite Races of their respective distance (Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km) only. Runners who wish to enter non-Elite Start of unqualified distance could register via “Public Ballot Entry”.

 

What is the criteria to enter the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2021 via Elite Entry?

Participants meeting the specific time standards (Net Time) in any designated races between 1 January 2018 and 30 June 2021 are eligible to apply via Elite Entry. Details are as follow:

Race distance participated Men

Compliance time

Women

Compliance time

Eligible to participate

SCHKM 2021 race distance

Marathon 3:30:00 3:45:00 Marathon
Half marathon 1:38:00 1:52:00 Marathon and Half marathon
10km 00:46:00 00:57:00 Half marathon and 10km
5km 00:21:00 00:25:00 10km

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

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

Race Organiser/ Sanctioning Body Race
World Athletics (WA) Gold / Silver/ Bronze Label Races
Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) All races
Hong Kong Association of Athletics Affiliates (HKAAA) Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2018 & 2019

(Marathon, Half Marathon and 10km races)

Mizuno Hong Kong Half-Marathon Championships 2018
27th Mizuno Hong Kong Half-marathon Championships
Sportshouse Hong Kong 10K Challenge 2018
Sun Hung Kai Properties Hong Kong 10K Challenge 2019
HK Island 10K City Race 2018 & 2019
Hong Kong Disneyland (sanctioned by HKAAA) Hong Kong Disneyland 10K Weekend 2018 & 2019

(10km race)

UNICEF Hong Kong (sanctioned by HKAAA) UNICEF Charity Run 2018 (Half Marathon and 10km race)
Hong Kong Marathon Pro (sanctioned by HKAAA) RMAC Shatin 10K Classic Riverside Race 2018
12th Mizuno Shek Mun 10K Race
RMAC Shatin 10K Classic Riverside Race 2019

*Period: From 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2021

 

How do I register through Elite Entry?

Participants qualified for Elite Entry may submit their personal qualifying result for registration between 23 August 2021 (Monday) 10am to 27 August 2021 (Friday) 7:00pm. If your qualifying result was achieved in races organised by the Hong Kong Association of Athletics Affiliates, you may select the name of the race and input your qualifying result directly. If your qualifying result was achieved in races sanctioned by WA or AIMS, you are required to upload the supporting document of your qualifying result (i.e. Certificate with result) during registration.

Supporting documents for Elite Entry must be submitted during registration and complete before the deadline. Otherwise the registration will not be further processed and forfeited. Successfully selected participants will be announced by email and must complete the registration with payment between 1 September 2021 (Wednesday) 2pm to 5 September 2021 (Sunday) 11:59pm.

 

Are all qualified runners will be eligible for “Elite Race” via Elite Entry?

No.  If the number of qualified applicants for a specific Elite Race is more than the quota, those applicants will be ranked according to the results submitted during their applications, applicants with faster qualified results will be accepted.  Unsuccessful applicants with qualified results will be offered a spot of non-Elite Race of the same distance.

 

When will the selection and verification result of Elite Entry be announced?

After verification of all Elite Entry registration, applicants will be informed of the Elite Entry result via email on Wednesday 1 September 2021 from 2pm onwards. The notification email will be sent to the e-mail address provided by the participant in the Elite Entry registration.

Successfully selected applicants must accept and complete the payment between 1 September 2021 (Wednesday) 2pm to 5 September 2021 (Sunday) 11:59pm. Otherwise, participants will be considered as forfeiting the entry.

 

Is there any waiting list for Elite Entry?

No. There is no waiting list for Elite Entry.

Registration and Acceptance (Guaranteed Entry)

What is “Guaranteed Entry”?

“Guaranteed Entry” is to facilitate the registration of runners who have successfully registered for the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2020 and offered for a same distance race (Marathon, Half-Marathon and 10km Race) per registration last year in Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2021.  About half of the quota of each distance have been allocated for Guaranteed Entry.

Applicant can only register the race distance which is the same distance as the race of the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2020 applied, i.e. runner who applied for 10km race in the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2020 can only apply for 10km race this year.

 

How do I register through Guaranteed Entry?

Participants qualified for Guaranteed Entry may register between 23 August 2021 (Monday) 10am to 27 August 2021 (Friday) 7:00pm. Upon submitting the application, participants are required to submit his or 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 mismatch information will result in a loss of eligibility to apply the race in Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2021 without further notice.

The registration for Guaranteed Entry will be on ballot basis if the number of applicants exceed the quota.

 

I applied for full marathon (42.195KM) last year. Can I apply for 10KM this year via Guaranteed Entry?

The Organiser will offer guaranteed entries for Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2020 runners of core races (Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10km Race) for the same distance race this year. For participants who are considering other distance, they should register via regular registration channels of Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2021 (e.g. Elite entry, public ballot entry, etc).

Can I register more than once?

An applicant can only submit one application for the Event. All duplicate applications or registrations will be rejected or cancelled by the Organiser without prior notice. No entry fee will be refunded. Redemption of 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 23 August 2021 (Monday), 10am to
27 August 2021 (Friday), 7pm
Half Marathon
10km

 

When will the Guaranteed Entry result be announced?

The Guaranteed Entry result will be announced at 2pm on Wednesday 1 September 2021 on the Marathon website. Registered runners may log into the registration system to check the result. The Organiser will also inform all registered runners of their status (successful or unsuccessful) via email and SMS.

Unsuccessful applicants in Guaranteed Entry will directly enter  the public ballot entry. Results of balloting will be notified by emails to all applicants from 2pm on 10 September 2021, Friday. The applicants may also login the Runner Dashboard to check their application result thereafter.

For runners who did not submit registration or fail to register for the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2021, the Organizer will extend one’s eligibility for Guaranteed Entry to Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2022.

When will the payment period close?

Status Payment Period
Successful Registrants 1 September 2021 (Wednesday), 2pm to
5 September 2021 (Sunday), 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.

 

Registration and Acceptance (Public Ballot Entry, Individual)

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 Entry by submitting an online application, 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?

An applicant can only submit one application for the races to be held on the same day. In case of violation, duplicate applications or registrations will be rejected or cancelled by the Organiser without prior notice. No entry fee will be refunded. Redemption of 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 2 September 2021 (Thursday), 10am to

6 September 2021 (Monday), 7:00pm

Half Marathon
10km

 

May I choose the start time and race category?

No. Participant 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 in designated start time. The estimated finishing time provided by the participants in their application 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 application has been accepted?

A notification message will be sent to your registered email once your application is submitted for balloting. To ensure that you will receive all correspondence from the Organiser, please be reminded to provide a valid email address when you submit the application.

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 Friday 10 September 2021 on the Marathon website. Registered runners may log into the registration system to check the result. The Organiser will also inform all registered runners of their status (successful or unsuccessful) via email and SMS.

When will the payment period close?

Status Payment Period
Successful Registrants 10 September 2021 (Friday), 2pm to
14 September 2021 (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.

 

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

If your application was incomplete or unsuccessful, please resubmit a new application.

 

Registration and Acceptance (Disability Entry)

What is “Disability Entry”?

With an aim to uphold Physically Handicapped and Abled-Bodied (PHAB) integration, “Disability Entry” (“the Entry”) is open at Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2021 (with 150 reserved quotas). Applicants can register for Marathon, Half Marathon or 10km race (same route courses as those for the Public Ballot Entry). Race category and start time will be assigned by the Organiser.

 

What are the criteria and regulations to enter the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2021 via “Disability Entry”?

Participants with the following type(s) of disability and hold a valid Registration Card for People with Disabilities issued by the HKSAR Government, are eligible to register via the 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 also be able to participate without use of any external auxiliary equipment in the race (except for prosthetic limb).

 

What kind of certificate do I need to submit if I enter via “Disability Entry”?

Participants who wish to register via the Entry must submit a valid Registration Card for People with Disabilities issued by the HKSAR Government during the registration process. Both sides of the document must be submitted, showing the type of disability of the participants, for verification purpose.

 

How can I register for the “Disability Entry”?

Participants qualified for Disability Entry may submit their entry proof for verification between 2 September 2021 (Thursday) 10am to 6 September 2021 (Monday) 7pm.

Supporting documents for Disability Entry must be submitted during the period of the Proof Submission and complete before the deadline. Otherwise the entry will not be further processed and forfeited. Selected participants will be allowed to submit registration information between 10 September 2021 (Friday) 2pm to 14 September 2021 (Tuesday) 7pm and completing the payment between 15 September 2021 (Wednesday) 2pm and 17 September 2021 (Friday) 11:59pm.

 

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

Yes. Visually impaired runner must nominate and submit his / her guide runner information during the Initial Registration between 2 September 2021 (Thursday) 10am and 6 September 2021 (Monday) 7pm. Registration link will be provided to the nominated Guide Runner of the selected Visually impaired runner to complete his / her registration in between 10 September 2021 (Friday) 2pm to 14 September 2021 (Tuesday) 7pm and completing the payment between 15 September 2021 2pm and 17 September 2021 (Friday) 11:59pm.

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

 

Can I register for both Public Entry and “Disability Entry”?

No. Participants can only register through one type of entry.

 

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 applicants via email, starting in Mid-October 2021. Applicants can also login to registration system 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 Monday 18 October 2021, 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 Time Location
21- 22 October 2021 (Thursday – Friday) 09:00 to 21:00 The Central Lawn, Victoria Park, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
23 October 2021 (Saturday) 09:00 to 17:00

(*the below does not reflect Covid19 testing hours and arrangement which will be communicated in due course

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

 

Am I only allowed to collect my Runner’s Pack according to the specific date and time as indicated on the Runner’s Pack Collection Letter?

In order to ensure social distancing, avoid congestion and shorten the waiting time, runners are advised to follow their Runner’s Pack at the designated date and time slot as indicated in the Runner’s Pack Collection Letter.

 

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

No. According to the anti-pandemics guidelines and regulations from the HKSAR Government, for the purpose of the verification of the completion of the vaccination and submission of health declaration (which confirms that they have not stayed in places outside Hong Kong in the past 21 days and they have taken a COVID-19 nucleic acid test recognised by the government within 72 hours before the race), all runners will be required to pick up their runner’s pack in person, get and wear a race wristband on site and runners are required to wear the wristband until the finish the race.

 

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 and ensure all participants will follow the anti-pandemics measures according to the latest guidelines and regulations from the HKSAR Government.

 

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

No. Runners must wear the provided wristband until the Race Day.
A The race wristband will be put on runner’s wrist after the verification of the proof of vaccination and submission of health declaration. Runners will need the wristband to gain access to the start area.  Wristband can only be taken off after the race.

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?

Applicants can login to registration system via the official Marathon website to download the Collection Letter.

 

What are included in the Runner’s Pack?

Each Runner’s Pack includes the following items:

  • Bib
  • Timing Chip (attached on the bib)
  • Runner’s Guide
  • Baggage Tag & Bag
  • T-shirt
  • Other Souvenir

To work towards a greener marathon, the Organiser will not distribute hard copies of the 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 Event Handbook, limited stocks will be available for purchase at designated booth in the Race Pack Distribution Centre on the day of the race pack collection. The Event Handbook will be sold at HK$20 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?

According to the guidelines and regulation from the HKSAR Government, all runners participating in the physical run are required to have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine recognised by the HKSAR Government on or before 10 October, i.e. at least 14 days before the race day.

 

What is meant by “fully vaccinated”?

Fully vaccinated means persons who have received the recommended dose(s) as stipulated in guidelines of a COVID-19 vaccination course 14 days prior to the race day. The 14 days are counted from the day after receiving the last dose of the recommended course.

 

For runners whose vaccines were administered outside Hong Kong, apart from the COVID-19 vaccines already recognised for use in Hong Kong, other vaccines included below are also accepted: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/list_of_recognised_covid19_vaccines.pdf

 

Do I have to arrange for the 2019 coronavirus test before the event?

Yes.  The Organizer is now finalizing the test arrangement with service provider and will announce in due course.  The testing fee will be responsible by the Organizer.

 

 

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 runner 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 race wristband, Bib 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 day apart from the rolling start arrangement for non-Elite races?

Temperature checks will be conducted and the latest anti-pandemic requirements from the HKSAR Government will be implemented on the race day. Runners must wear their mask upon arrival and right after the race, as well as their designated race wristband and race bib at all times during the race. Runners who fail to properly wear their 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.
Overseas runners should refer to the latest quarantine requirements of the HKSAR Government and make necessary arrangements themselves accordingly

Does the Organiser provide any pre-race training?

Yes. The Organiser provides a Marathon Clinic for participants to sign up for. For details, please refer to the “Training” session on the official Marathon website.

Do I need to arrange 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.

Participants are also advised to seek medical advice before the race to check if they are fit enough to complete the distance they have entered.

 

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

Participants are encouraged to travel by public transport on the 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 West Kowloon. 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.

 

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.

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 race wristband will be allowed to enter the Start Area, and Race Officials will be authorised 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 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.

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 (HKAAA) reserves the right to reject their applications 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 part of the course are relatively narrow.

Participants are required to run through the Western Harbour Tunnel 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 must 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 Tunnel 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 (Elite)
3 hours (Run 1, 2 & 3)
10km 2 hours

Details of the time limits and cut-off points could be found in the Runner’s Guide, 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, participants are advised to wear a mask (which will be available at the finish area) immediately, 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 MTR Tin Hau Station and / or via Causeway Road / Gate 10 to Causeway Bay MTR station.

 

Where should I meet my family and friends after the race?

For the purpose of reducing the over-crowded and maintain of the social distance, there will be no meeting point or spectator zones will be arranged. All participants are advised to vacate from the Finish Zone as soon as possible after the race.

 

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 the car to wait at Ngan Mok Street, Tin Hau.

 

Clothing Deposit and Collection

Where is the clothing deposit area?

Free clothing handling services are provided by the Organiser. The clothing deposit areas are located as follows:

Race Clothing Deposit & Collection Location Time of clothing deposit
Full Marathon Soccer Pitch 5 & 6, Victoria Park 21 – 22 October (Thursday to Friday) from 9am to 9pm or

23 October (Saturday) from 9am to 5pm

Half Marathon
10km

* Clothing handling services are not available on race day
* For more details, please refer to Race Handbook published on the Marathon website

 

Will clothing deposit service will be provided on race day?

No. No clothing deposit service will be provided on race day (24 October 2021).

Runners who wish to deposit their personal belongings may do so on the day of Runner’s Pack collection, from Thursday to Saturday, 21 – 23 October.

 

Can I use my own bag for  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 clothing deposit service will be provided on Race Day.

 

When will the clothing deposit services be closed?

The clothing deposit services will be closed on 23 October at 17:00.

If you wish to deposit your belongings, please bring along the official baggage bag and baggage tag provided to you at the Marathon Carnival, and deposit it at the designated time and location according to your category. Please do not deposit valuable item(s). The Organiser will not be responsible for any loss or damage.

 

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.

 

Where can I collect my bag after the Race?

You can collect your bag at the designated areas:

Race Baggage Deposit & Collection Location
Full Marathon Soccer Pitch 5 & 6, Victoria Park
Half Marathon
10km

* For more details, please refer to Runner’s Handbook published on the Marathon website

 

How long does it take to collect my clothing?

Participants may collect their clothings 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 (Elite)
3 hours (Run 1, 2 & 3)
10km 2 hours

* For more details, please refer to Race Handbook 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 started 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 exchanged or transferred 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 straightly 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 http://www.hkmarathon.com from 24 October 2021 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 result after the race?

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

Runners of the non-Elite race will only receive Net Time result with the Rolling Start 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 2019 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 Elite, Half Marathon Elite and 10km Elite.

 

What is the prize money of the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2021?

The total prize money for the Marathon is USD$73,000 and a total special award of HKD$144,000 will be awarded to the winners of various categories who are Permanent Residents of Hong Kong.

 

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.

 

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 HKD$800 or USD$100 within 30 minutes after the official announcement of the results. The deposit will not be refunded if the appeals are not successful. The Organizer 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. The Organiser suggests to the participants to have a thorough health assessment before signing up for the race and choose a suitable race distance based on their body condition. Please consult your doctor before taking part in the race, if you have any doubts.

 

Is there any public viewing area for spectators / supporters?

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

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