The Unicef Run For Every Child race has become the latest event to be cancelled as unrest and violent protests continue to rock Hong Kong. The race was scheduled for November 24, at Disneyland and Sunny Bay on Lantau.
“Owing to a range of ongoing uncertain factors that may impact on the smooth running of the event as well as the safety of parties involved, we are unfortunately obliged to cancel this year’s charity run,” the organisers said.
November 24 is the day of the District Council elections in Hong Kong, which could prove a flash point for further unrest.
There were to have been half marathon, 10km, 5km and 3km races. Would-be participants are still able to pick up their race packs, which includes a finishers souvenir medal and HK$220 Adidas voucher.
“This was a tough decision and it was made taking into account the safety and best interests of participants, volunteers, invited guests and all other relevant parties,” the organisers said.
Hong Kong has been gripped by months of unrest. Peaceful protests against a now-shelved extradition bill have spiralled into regular violent protests about wider issues.
Other events have already been cancelled, including the cross-harbour swim and the Raleigh Challenge-Wilson Trail race.