Easier run set for marathon
Organisers hope adjusted routes and four starting times instead of two for participants in the 10km race will ease congestion problems of last year
The Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon has undergone major changes that organisers hope will facilitate a smoother race next year.
The event, which will be held on February 17 next year, will include the 10km, half marathon and marathon.
About 37,000 participants competed this year, making it the most popular sporting event in Hong Kong.
The event faces two major changes next year with the 10km race having four starting times as opposed to two to ease congestion in the Western Harbour Tunnel. Organisers hope the new measure will help eradicate the problem.
The starting times for the race will be between 5.15am and 6.40am.
Runners will be separated according to the best times achieved.
Instead of going across the harbour, the 10km runners will start on the Island Eastern Corridor and finish at Victoria Park.
The half-marathon runners will start from Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, travel to Cheung Sha Wan before turning round at Kwai Chung. They will return on the same route, then cross the harbour at the Western Harbour Tunnel and finish at Victoria Park.
The route of the full marathon is similar to that of the half-marathon except that the turning point will be at Tsing Ma Bridge.
To help participants get fully prepared for the race, the Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association will organise a marathon clinic.
Preparation includes a one-off training course, a marathon lecture and a four-day progressive training course.
There are also training courses designed to best fit to your training schedule.
Enrolment for both the event and training courses are based on a first come, first served basis.
Entries for the event close once the 50,000 quota is reached.