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13 October 2009

Hong Kong Marathon 2010 now open for registration

Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon launched its 2010 website and opened registration today. Early birds save 16% when registering by 30 November. Final deadline for Hong Kong's biggest long distance running event is 31 December. However, we estimate that even a record-high combined quota of 60,000 for a total of five 10k races, two half marathon runs and one full marathon will be filled by end of November. So if you want to join, hurry up and register soon!

UNICEF and Moontrekker 2009 full

UNICEF Charity Run 2009 enjoys the same popularity as last year's event: More than two weeks before official deadline, all races are full and UNICEF does not accept applications anymore. Also the other event on Lantau, the Moontrekker 2009 night race, is full and only accepts waitlist applications. If you are still eager to run on Lantau island, we recommend the 10k Discovery Bay Run for Charity on 15 November.

Register for Xiamen

China's first Marathon in the new year 2010, C&D Xiamen International Marathon 2010 has opened its online registration. The event is famous for its flat and fast course and the relatively generous prize money.

Double Dip in Singapore

The third edition of the adidas Sundown Marathon, which features a double marathon as well as an "ordinary" 42.195k edition, will take place on 29 May 2010 and registration will open in December 2009.

Become a Fan!

After successfully introducing our own tweets, marathon.HK now also has a page on facebook. Everyone with a facebook profile is invited to become "a fan" to receive our updates on long distance running events in Hong Kong and Greater China, to participate in discussions and get in touch with other runners.

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24 September 2009

Taipei: ING is now Fubon

11 Months after acquiring Dutch life insurer ING's business in Taiwan, Fubon Financial Holding has now taken over Taipei Marathon as name sponsor: 2009 Fubon Taipei Marathon will take place on 20 December. Registration is now open and closes mid November.

Become a Fan!

After successfully introducing our own tweets, marathon.HK now also has a page on facebook. Everyone with a facebook profile is invited to become "a fan" to receive our updates on long distance running events in Hong Kong and Greater China, to participate in discussions and get in touch with other runners.

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18 September 2009

Near Miss

The last event of the coming King of the Hills series, Tai Po Mountain Marathon, which was on collision course with Hong Kong Marathon has now been postponed to the weekend after the big city race. The new event date is 07 March 2010 and we are grateful to the flexibility shown by organizer Seyon Asia which gives runners the opportunity to joint both races.

Hangzhou Marathon Open for Registration

Promoted as "one of the most beautiful marathon races" [in China], Hangzhou Marathon 2009 will run along one of China's most famous tourist spots, the West Lake. Race day is 08 November.

Don't Miss the Deadlines

Registration closed prematurely for Taroko Marathon (quota full). Salomon pre-Hiking Race will close its registration period on 28 September.

When Will Registration for Hong Kong Marathon 2010 Start?

Many anxious runners are asking us this question. Organizer of Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon, the Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association, is not famous for excellent communication and might be currently busy preparing its part of the 2009 East Asia Games in December. Our best guess is that registration will only start in October. Stay tuned to our newsletter, and we alert you in case of any new development.


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02 September 2009

Take to the Streets of Gambling Capital Macau

Galaxy Entertainment's Marathon in China's "other" Special Administrative is now open for registration. More details on our Macau Marathon 2009 website. The marathon has a reputation for being one of the least traffic-free in the region. Start is quite early, at 6 am in Macau's stadium, which is in the vicinity of the 3,000-suites Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel.

Trail Running Season Opener

For those who are preparing themselves for the famous Oxfam Trailwalker,  Greenpower Hike or King of the Hill Series, the so-called Salomon Pre-Hiking Race on 11 October might just fit in the training schedule. This is a good opportunity to get a feel of running Sai Kung's country park trails.

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27 August 2009

Ethiopian World-Class Invited to Run in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Distance Running Club, which will stage this season's first race, the HKDRC Half Marathon 2009, has invited four runners from the home country of historic double Olympic marathon champion Abebe Bikila and Oromian Kenenisa, who just has won his fourth world championship in Berlin. Runners Yosef Hunde, Yonas Berhanu, Habtamu Tesfaye and Addis Yienebeb have personal bests of between 1:00:06 and 1:03:00 over the 21.098 km distance and will make life not easy for the stars of Hong Kong's last season Stefano Passarello and Thomas Kiprotich. HKDRC has just recently announced to increase the bounty for breaking the course record of 1:09:46 to 1500 $ and boasts a motor-traffic-free event, which is a clear plus in Hong Kong. None of the mentioned runners have confirmed their participation yet and we do hope that immigration procedures will not foil the ambitions of the traditional race - HKDRC Half goes into its 32nd season.

Taroko Gorge Awaits Runners

One of Taiwan's most scenic marathons, 10th Taroko Gorge International Marathon 2009 is now open for registration.

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23 July 2009


Register for this Season's First in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Distance Running Club Half Marathon 2009, which the organizer promotes as "
being the best half marathon race course, the best half marathon time record and the traffic free race course [...in Hong Kong]" has started registration. While the best time of last last season was run by Thomas Kiprotich at UNICEF Half, a traffic-free arrangement is certainly a plus, as those runners who have run next to a fully-operational traffic lane at other Hong Kong or Macau events may attest.
Entry form and a detailed map can be found on our race detail page.
Date Fixed for Oldest Marathon in Hong Kong: China Coast

Sun Hung Kai Properties China Coast Marathon 2010 will take place on 17 January. Registration will start in the next months and you will be alerted by our newsletter. With this, our calendar of "Greater Hong Kong's" events for Half Marathon lovers is almost complete: UNICEF Charity Run and Macau Marathon will follow in November and December respectively. Next year brings classic China Coast in January and giant Standard Chartered in February. Still missing are the dates for Mizuno Half Marathon Championships (expected early January) and HKMP Half (late 2009) and the sequel to Zhuhai's Half Marathon premiere.

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23 July 2009


High Mountain Marathon Results from Tibet

Sunday's Great Tibetan Marathon 2009 was a great success with winners' times improved over last year's event in all categories. Another highlight was that in five out of six categories (including the 10k) the winners came from India. 
South Africa's Leanne Juul was the only exception to the host country's dominance. She finished the full marathon distance below the magic 4-hour-mark, which even in the male category only two competitors managed to beat.

New KOTH season to start in December

The King of the Hills (KOTH) series of 2009/10 offer races in Sai Kung (December), Lantau, Hong Kong Island South (January) and Tai Po (February). Each of the hilly venues offers "Full" and "Half Marathons", which vary in distance but will take you approximately as long as the respective "proper" distances on a flat road course.
The tradition of the series dates back to the last century. A King and a Queen will be determined by the combined best three rankings of any male / female participant among the four races. The less ambitious can also enrol for a single race, or two.


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15 July 2009

Singapore Marathon - Registration Starting on Thursday
An event launch roadshow will be held at the Raffles Place Park, in front of the Chevron House from 11.30 am until 5.00 pm and the first 500 registrants will be entitled to a free exclusive sign-up gift pack. Online registration starts at midnight. Early birds can secure substantial discounts until 05 August. Check here for more race details and useful links.

Track the Moon @ MoonTrekker
Meanwhile in Hong Kong, a team of hiking enthusiasts is launching a new charity endurance hike on Lantau Island. On 10 October, MoonTrekker starts at 10.30 pm (!) and aims at seeing sunrise on Sunset Peak or Lantau Peak.

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29 June 2009

Cherry Blossom near Taipei
The second edition of the new Beauty of Shuang-si Cherry Blossom Blvd. Marathon (previous routes went along the riverside in Taipei city for about 10 years) will start on the last day of February in 2010.

Gorgeous Gorge in Hualien County
The famous Taroko National Park on Taiwan's East Cost prides itself for one of the most scenic marathons in Asia: Taroko International Marathon 2009 will be held on 07 November near Hualien.
City Marathon in the Capital
If you fancy a fast inner city race with top international athletes, then come to Tai
pei city hall on 20 December for the 
2009 ING Taipei Marathon. The course record of this race was set by 2007 world champion Luke Kibet (Kenia).
Even more on Taiwan Marathons on TAIWAN.marathon.HK

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21 June 2009


Singapore Marathon Date
Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2009 will take place on 6 December in its is 8th year with the title sponsor. If you want to brave the heat and humidity in the city nation, you are likely to join a race studded with world class athletes. We expect further details in July and we will keep you posted.
Collision Course

For those who do not want to travel as far south, Macau has something to offer: Macau International Marathon 2009 will take off on the same day - 06 December - this time colliding with Singapore rather than UNICEF Half on Lantau, which proved to be major drain of participants for the former Portuguese enclave in 2007.
HKDRC Half Marathon Course
Some of our readers were interested in the route of Hong Kong Distance Running Club Half Marathon 2009. The organizer confirmed that it will be the same as last year. It is similar to the course of Hong Kong Half Marathon Championships, just without the stretch on Plover Cove Reservoir Dam. >> See detailed map.


Follow Us on Twitter!

Brief updates on long distance running events can now be found on twitter. The "tweets" are even "fresher" than our newsletter and cover events beyond Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, the mainland of China and Singapore (which is our target region of the website).

Of course, we will continue to send our newsletter to your e-mail address also in the future!

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3 June 2009   


First Half Marathon of the 2009/10 Season

The 32nd Hong Kong Distance Running Club Half Marathon 2009 is set to be the season's opener again. The traditional race will start at 7.30 am on 08 November 2009 in Tai Mei Tuk. We hope to see last year's winner Stefano Passarello at the start. Registration starts in September and we will keep you posted.


UNICEF Half Marathon Date Fixed
Mark this date in your calendar: UNICEF Disneyland Charity Run for Children 2009, the flat race which met enthusiastic response from many runners and marked the first of a string of wins for Thomas Kiprotich last year, will take place on Lantau on 29 November 2009. More information will follow soon.


Standard Chartered Marathon Likely on Last Weekend in February

According to people in the know, Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2010 will be held on 28 February 2010. The date is not officially approved yet. However, with its landmark status and powerful sponsor, this should be only a formality. Registration for runners will start in late summer and is normally full within one month. So stay tuned to avoid missing the kick-off!

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9 February 2009   


Winners of Hong Kong Marathon

Kenyan Cyprian Kiogora Mwobi, who finished already second at Macau Marathon last December ran to victory in 2:14:57 at Hong Kong Standard Chartered Marathon 2009. South African Tubei John Chirchir was second in 2:15.23, followed by another Kenyan, Rotich Nelson Kirwa (2:16.16).


Thomas Kiprotich, also from Kenya, ran to an unchallenged victory over the Half-Marathon distance in 1:09:17, though more than 1.5 minutes slower than at his win of UNICEF Half Marathon.


Winnie Frida Kwamboka Nyansik (Kenya, 2:41:25) and Kuniko Nakamura (Japan, 1:23:49) won the respective Women competitions.

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6 February 2009   


End of the Road?
Chuck Cosman won the Hong Kong leg of "King of the Hill", ahead of Jeremy Ritcey. Chor Kin Law, ending his wining streak of KOTH Tai Po and Sai Kung, came in 14th and missed the chance to seal the overall KOTH title already. There are still a handfull of runners, who can (at least theoretically) win the overall KOTH title at the last race in Sham Tseng.
Bik Sai Li won the Women's competition and sure to become "Queen", after finishing 2nd and 3rd in the previous two races.

Interestingly, Bik Sai Li is the wife of Chor Kin Law. They seem to be posed to become proper King and Queen soon...

New Challenge for Prince
When Thomas Kiprotich is not in town, there seem to be no-one to stop Stefano Passarello from winning half marathons. See his last performance at China Coast. On Sunday, he will try his first proper full marathon at Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon. Let's hope his Achilles tendon will not cause him too much of a headache. Read our full interview with Stefano Passarello to learn more about this amazing runner!

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20 January 2009   


China Coast Marathon Results

Winners of the China Coast Marathon 2009: In absence of Roberto Veneziani and last year's winner (Gunnar Rethfeldt), Andrew Hennessy from Great Britain won with a comfortable margin of 9-10 minutes, second: Ka Wai Wong, third: Tung Hoi Yip. (Pictures.)

Similar situation in the Half Marathon: top two of last year's event as well as Thomas Kiprotich, shooting star of the season, didn't start. Stefano Passarello, last year's fourth, improved his time by more than six minutes and ran home an untroubled victory. It is his second in this season (after HKDRC half). Running up where Adrian Horvath and Tat Ming Choi, who defended his third place of 2008.

Results and Photos are online here.

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16 January 2009   


China Coast Marathon without Number One

Title hopeful Roberto Veneziani will not start at Sunday's China Coast Marathon. Read our latest in the series of interviews to learn why the first runner up in the half marathon distance of 2008 cannot participate.

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05 January 2009


Thomas Kiprotich Wins with Ease
Thomas Kiprotich continued his winning streak at today's Mizuno Hong Kong Half Marathon Championships where he won with a comfortable margin of over three minutes. Winners and pictures are online. Full results will follow within the next days.

Chor Kin Law on His Way to Become King
Sai Kung Mountain Marathon ended with Law's second win in as many races of the 2008/2009 "King of the Hill" series. Full results are online now.

Fast Race in Xiamen
With seven runners below 2:15, Xiamen Marathon 2009 continued its history as one of the fastest marathons in South China. Mugo Samuel Muturi (Kenya) won in 2:08:51. For comparison, Hong Kong's Standard Chartered Marathon course record stands at 2:13:09. Full results of Xiamen Marathon are online now.

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03 January 2009


Thomas Kiprotich - Interview

Just in time before his next race tomorrow morning (Mizuno Hong Kong Half Marathon Championships), we are glad to publish a first extensive interview with Thomas Kiprotich, Hong Kong's new long distance running star.

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