The organisers want to expand and the chief executive also wants to see a bigger event Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen hailed yesterday's Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon as a success, and urged organisers to make the event even better next year. Organising committee chairman William Ko Wai-lam said he immediately asked Mr Tsang to give the event, which drew a record 51,272 runners, more roads to expand. Mr Tsang, who officiated at the start of the full marathon in Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, told the organisers 'the marathon is a very successful event and hopefully you can make it even better in future', Mr Ko said. 'We are very happy to get such words of encouragement from the CE,' he said. 'And I asked him to give us more roads so that we can expand the event and get even more people involved in the future. 'The support of the government is pivotal to the success of the marathon as it involves a lot of departments to solve the logistic problems, such as venue arrangements, transportation, crowd control, use of public facilities and many others. With the promise from the CE, we're more confident we can plan better when we start negotiations with the authorities for next year's event.' A Home Affairs Bureau official in charge of sport said they were happy to work with the organisers to improve the event. 'The most important thing is to expand the number of participants so more people can join in,' the official said. 'This is not impossible as we estimate the existing route and facilities can accommodate a 10 per cent increase over the 55,000 registered entries. But we need to study it carefully.' Mr Ko attributed yesterday's high turnout to desirable weather conditions, especially for the 10km race, which attracted 31,783 participants out of a total 33,000 registered entries, as well as health awareness in the community. Last year, when the three races finished in Victoria Park for the first time, the temperature was a chilly 13 degrees Celsius and 42,577 runners showed up - well short of the 50,000 registered. 'We started the event at 5.15am, and the temperature was around 19 degrees Celsius. Although it was a bit warm, there was a breeze throughout the course and that made the runners comfortable,' he said. 'There are also growing concerns about health conditions in the community, and people know distance running is good exercise,' he said. Sixteen runners were sent to hospital for treatment and half of them were released yesterday. The others were under observation. Last year 31 people were admitted to hospital. Minor treatments, such as dressings for blisters, were up from 272 cases last year to 438.