It may be demanding to run 10 kilometres, but an online scramble for a highly sought-after entry ticket for a race in February was just as challenging.
More than 30,000 eager runners jammed the website of the 2013 Hong Kong Standard Chartered Marathon yesterday in a first-come-first-served registration exercise that opened at 7am.
Eight hours later, all the available places were snapped up.
A spokeswoman for the organiser, the Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association, expressed surprise at the fast take-up rate, especially as 1,000 more places had been added to the 10km course - the most popular among the three races - since this year. "It's really very quick this time," she said. "Last year it took nine days for the vacancies of all three categories to be filled up."
The organisers put out 38,000 places for the 10km race, mostly through internet registration. Only a small number of applications will be accepted by post.
Successful applicants should have received a confirmation e-mail.
Last week the organisers completed registrations of the 42-kilometre marathon and 21-kilometre half-marathon, each of which accepted 500 more entries than in the past.
With the added entries, 72,000 people will take part in the landmark annual running event on February 24, up from 70,000 this year.