Standard Chartered Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association (HKAAA) are sounding the starter’s pistol on the 12th
annual Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon, which is scheduled on Sunday, 17 February 2008.
This year’s 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 Marathon Organizers have been striving to promote marathon and distance running by encouraging the general public’s 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, “Standard 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.”
The 11th Asian Marathon Championship will again be
held in Hong Kong in conjunction with the Standard Chartered Hong Kong
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
The Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2008 again serves the final race of Standard Chartered’s 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 year’s GROE includes Standard
Chartered marathons in Nairobi, Singapore, Mumbai and Hong Kong.
Registration for this year’s 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
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