Ethiopia's Belay Wolashe, above, strides for the tape at the finish of last year's Standard Chartered marathon, while Russia's Alina Ivanova, top right, wins the women's race. Wolashe, who is back to defend his title, set a Hong Kong record time of 2:13.09. Ivanova will also be in action tomorrow against China's top hope, Zheng Guixia, right. Zheng clocked a record 2:31.33 when she won the first Hong Kong- Shenzhen marathon in 1997. The men's champion will win US$13,500 and the first woman home receives US$10,000.