A surreal Sunday scene emerges around this time every year, with the city's highways and tunnels carpeted with tens of thousands of people in colourful sporty outfits.
The 2015 Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon is the 19th edition of the popular running event, founded in 1997, held on January 25th 2015. In addition to the full marathon, a 10km run and a half marathon are also held. The winner of the men’s and women’s races each receives US$65,000.Around 70,000 runners take part each year across all events. The defending champions are both Ethiopians, Feyera Gemeda who won the 2014 men’s edition in 2 hours 15 minutes and five seconds and Rehima Kedir, who won the women’s in 2:34.53. The current men’s record is 2:11.27 held by Dejere Abera; the women’s record is 2:30.12 held by Misiker Demissie.