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New Route for 2008 Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon

Search ASIA Travel Tips .com Latest Travel News Tuesday, 30 October 2007

Standard Chartered Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association (HKAAA) are sounding the starterís pistol on the 12th annual Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon, which is scheduled on Sunday, 17 February 2008.

This yearís 10km Race will be relocated to the Hong Kong Island and running along the Island Eastern Corridor; meanwhile the finish area of all three races (marathon, half marathon and 10km race) will be at the Victoria Park at Causeway Bay, allowing more spectators to cheer for the participants.

The Marathon Organizers have been striving to promote marathon and distance running by encouraging the general publicís participation and reinforcing the understanding of marathon sports among them. It is expected to attract a crowd of 50,000 local and international entrants this year.

Mr. Peter Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Standard Chartered Hong Kong, said, ďStandard Chartered is proud to sponsor the Hong Kong Marathon for the 12th exciting year in 2008 as well as seeing the growing awareness of the Marathon over the years. Along with the exponential increase in participation, it shows that more and more Hong Kong people are becoming eager to take part in sporting activities and pursue a healthy lifestyle. This is also the aim we sponsor this activity. Entering the 12th years of Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon, we hope to add new elements and joyfulness by including a new route for 10km race and move the finishing point to a new area so as to further motivate the general public and the community to participate in it.Ē

The 11th Asian Marathon Championship will again be held in Hong Kong in conjunction with the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon.

The Full Marathon and Half-Marathon will again follow its famed urban route starting at Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, run along Canton Road, West Kowloon Highway (south bound), and turning after crossing Cheung Tsing Tunnel (Kowloon Bound) and Ting Kau Bridge (Kowloon Bound) and joined the Half Marathon at Western Harbour Tunnel towards Hong Kong Island. Runners will continue to run through the business districts of Central, Admiralty, Wanchai and Causeway Bay, the busiest district and finish at the Victoria Park.

The 10km Race will offer a brand new experience at Island Eastern Corridor. Entrants will start and run along North Point, Quarry Bay, Taikoo Shing and Sai Wan Ho, and turning at Shau Kei Wan back towards the finish at Victoria Park.

The prize money of US$70,000 for the full marathon is on offer while Standard Chartered Hong Kong will continue to present its special prize purse of HK$144,000 to be shared by the top three finishers who are Hong Kong Permanent Residents in each age category of the Marathon, Half-Marathon and 10km race. A Time Bonus scheme has also been established to encourage local runners in the full marathon. Hong Kong Permanent Residents finishing the Marathon 3:00:00 or under for men and 3:30:00 or under for women will each receive HK$1,000.

The Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2008 again serves the final race of Standard Charteredís global marathon sponsorship initiative, the Greatest Race On Earth (GROE). Launched in 2004, the GROE sees teams of marathon runners chasing the fastest cumulative time over four Standard Chartered marathons around the world for a total prize purse US$1,080,000. This yearís GROE includes Standard Chartered marathons in Nairobi, Singapore, Mumbai and Hong Kong.

Registration for this yearís Marathon is now open. A special Early Bird Registration Fee will be offered to local and overseas runners (HK$270 and HK$290 respectively) who register on or before 30 November 2007. Entry forms are available at the HKAAA office (Room 2015, Olympic House, 1 Stadium Path, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong), District Leisure Services Office and all Standard Chartered Bank branches in Hong Kong. Applicants can register online at the official website at hkmarathon.com.

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