Marathons can be open and safe

Aftermath of the bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Photo: EPA

The atrocity that hit Boston on Monday is not the first time a marathon has been targeted. In April 2008, 14 people were killed when a Tamil Tiger suicide bomber blew himself up at the start of a marathon celebrating the Sri Lankan new year, killing 13 people and injuring more than 100. Among the dead was Sri Lanka's most celebrated marathon runner, KA Karunaratne, who had competed in the 1992 Olympics and 1993 world championships.

Sunday, 21 April, 2013, 6:12am

The road warrior

Andre Blumberg kisses the finishing marker of the Hong Kong Four Trails Ultra Challenge after running 298km in three days. Photo: Patchanida Pongsubkarun

It's 4.30am and Andre Blumberg wrestles with his alarm clock. Eyes full of sleep, he grabs a small pack filled with water and food before heading into the dark for his daily run - a two-hour sojourn in which he will cover a half-marathon distance while Hong Kong sleeps. It's a warm-up for the triple marathon distance he will run during the weekend and a stroll in comparison to the multiple ultra marathons he will complete this year.

10 Mar 2013 - 4:35am

Sports Digest, March 6, 2013

Sunray Cave Sun Hei took an early hit in their AFC Cup campaign as they went down 1-0 to New Radiant of the Maldives at National Stadium in Male last night.

6 Mar 2013 - 3:38am

Anthony Chan and Grace Lien take Reservoir race honours

Grace Lien on her way to victory yesterday. Photo: Richard Castka

Grace Lien Chia-hsuan stormed through the field to win the AVOHK Mizuno Reservoir Series women's race in a good time of 54 minutes and 47 seconds, but she was disappointed to be missing out on Sunday's Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon.

18 Feb 2013 - 3:15am

Marathon Mania: Banking on the carbs

Marathon Mania: Banking on the carbs

You could eat as much as you wanted before a marathon, but for such a long race, it's almost inevitable that you'll still run out of energy

29 Jan 2013 - 11:34am

Myanmar hosts first marathon in decades in Yangon

Runners at the start of Myanmar's first international marathon in decades. Kenyan Gitau Kariuki won the race in two hours, 19 minutes and 10 seconds. Photo: AFP

Gathering before dawn in the shadow of the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda, runners flashed victory signs as they pounded the streets of the former colonial capital, the scene of several bloody military crackdowns in the past.

28 Jan 2013 - 4:36am

Disability no hurdle to Special Marathon 2013 participants

Runners put their best feet forward at the sports track at Chinese University's Sha Tin campus yesterday morning. Photo: Felix Wong

Thousands of people took part in a special race yesterday aimed at breaking down the barriers for people with mental disabilities.

A record-high turnout of 1,988 people took part in the three-kilometre and five-kilometre races of the iRun Hong Kong Jockey Club Special Marathon 2013, organised by the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals.

21 Jan 2013 - 4:59am

Nepalese Manikala Rai aims for Vibram 100

Manikala Rai, a favourite for the Vibram Hong Kong 100, trains at Sai Kung. Photo: Dickson Lee

Five years ago, Manikala Rai was inspired to take up running after watching a group of women descend Everest in the high-altitude Tenzing Hillary Marathon. Tomorrow, she will be the one to inspire, as she becomes the first woman to represent Nepal in the Vibram Hong Kong 100.

18 Jan 2013 - 4:27am

Marathon Mania: Running on empty

Laura Walsh (left) helps writer Rachel Jacqueline regain some spring in her step along the Bowen Road jogging track in Mid-Levels.Photo: Dickson Lee

There was more fizzle than bang in my run this week as I was struck with a case of the runner's blues. I hit the snooze button repeatedly, missed my runs, and made up excuses during speed sessions to avoid finishing all the repetitions.

16 Jan 2013 - 4:55pm

Make the best of the rest

Physiotherapist David Garrick says runners should take training breaks. Photo: Felix Wong

Rest replaces my usual schedule of drills, speed work and long runs on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

8 Jan 2013 - 10:14am

Marathon Mania: Strain check

Rachel Jacqueline gets help with running injuries at Stanley Ho Sports Centre.Photo: Warton Li

During my long run this week, I felt a familiar stabbing pain in my right knee. I grimaced at the pain caused by an iliotibial (IT) band that's tighter than a piano string.

1 Jan 2013 - 1:23pm

Financier finds trading lessons in marathon hobby

Eddie Lam Yat-ming enjoys the scenery on his runs.

Eddie Lam Yat-ming has clocked up 25,000 kilometers on his runs over the past 20 years, equal to travelling from Hong Kong to New York and back again.

Most of those kilometres came during competitions - the 43-year-old financier has taken part in more than 300 races - but Lam says he runs mainly to relax.

24 Dec 2012 - 4:58am

Marshalling error makes Macau marathon longer

The leading pack races through heavy rain in Macau. The eventual winner, Haile Gemeda, is in the orange shirt. Photo: Richard Castka

A marshalling error at the start of yesterday's Macau Galaxy Entertainment International Marathon resulted in the leading athletes running an estimated three kilometres beyond the 42.2km distance.

Despite this initial upset, a pack of about 10, mostly African, runners forged ahead of the record 6,000-strong field to battle it out for the US$20,000 first prize.

3 Dec 2012 - 3:01am

Short Sport, November 12, 2012

Keung is king of the mountains

12 Nov 2012 - 6:25am

Taiwan's Taroko Gorge the backdrop for marathon

Taiwan's Taroko Gorge the backdrop for marathon

Beneath a picture of tumbling rocks, signs urged us to "Please Pass Quickly" and "Do Not Linger". A few metres farther, hard hats are laid out on a table, free for any runners who believe a sturdy bit of headwear will be a match for chunks of rock falling from high above.

13 Nov 2012 - 9:30am