The 16th annual Standard Chartered Hong Kong
Marathon is to take place on Sunday, 5 February 2012.
Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon will increase its enrolment
quota to 70,000 runners - up from 65,000 in 2011, and to accommodate more participants, new
running sections will be incorporated into the route for both the
Half Marathon and Full Marathon races.
Total prize money for the
Marathon has been raised to US$227,000, as part of continued
incentives to attract more elite runners from overseas.
Of the 5,000 newly added places, 2,000
have been allocated for the Half Marathon and 3,000 for the Full
Marathon. The quota for the 10km race will remain unchanged.
Benjamin Hung, Executive Director and Chief Executive
Officer of Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited said,
"Standard Chartered Hong Kong is honoured to be the title sponsor
of the Hong Kong Marathon for the sixteenth consecutive year. We
are glad that it has become the highest participatory sporting
event in Hong Kong and a world-class race with almost half a
million participation since 1997. Our theme for this year is "Run
for a Reason" and we hope runners will actively encourage
donations from their friends and families in support of the
Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2012 Charity Programme. We
will recognize the top 100 fundraisers participating in the 2012
charity programme as a symbol of our thanks to the community."
Mr. Alex Moh, President of the Hong Kong Amateur
Athletic Association added, "The Marathon has recently been
recognized as a Bronze Label Road Race by the International
Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). This is a testament
that the Hong Kong Marathon is now recognized by the world
governing body for athletics and internationally as a world-class
race. With the record-high prize money of US$227,000, we hope more
elite international runners will be attracted to the Marathon in
Hong Kong. Part of the sections for Half and Full Marathon races
will be changed to widen the race route, allowing more runners to
enjoy the experience of marathon running on a better course."
For the Half and Full Marathon races, however, the
section from Connaught Road West in Central to Fenwick Pier in
Wanchai will be rerouted through Man Po Street, Man Yiu Street and
Lung Wo Road before turning into Fenwick Pier Street.
The route for the 10km Run will remain unchanged, starting near
City Garden in Island Eastern Corridor and running along the
Island Eastern Corridor.
All races will end at Victoria Park in
To encourage public participation in
the community, the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon Charity
Programme will continue to support three charitable organizations:
Standard Chartered's global initiative "Seeing is Believing", the
Hong Kong Paralympic Committee & Sports Association for the
Physically Disabled and the Hong Kong Anti-Cancer Society. As an
added incentive, the top 100 fundraisers for the 2012 Marathon
will have free and early registration for the Standard Chartered
Hong Kong Marathon 2013.
As part of the social
responsibility to ensure diversity through inclusion, the 2012
Marathon will include a Full Marathon Wheelchair race and a
special 3km Wheelchair race. For safety reasons, participants in
the 3km Wheelchair race must first take part in a 3km Wheelchair
Track Trial to be held on 18 December 2011. The trial will ensure
that wheelchair participants meet the physical requirements set
out by the organizer. Full Marathon Wheelchair participants should
be classified in T53 or T54 classification issued by the
International Paralympic Committee or equivalent standards when
they submit their application forms.
This year, The
Leaders Cup - a 1.8km race for business and community leaders -
will continue to raise funds for Standard Chartered's "Seeing is
Believing", a global initiative to fight avoidable blindness.
Registration for the Standard Chartered Hong Kong
Marathon 2012 opened on Monday and closes on 30 November 2011. The
entry fee for local and overseas runners is HK$300. Entry quotas
will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
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