Next time Hong Kong’s premier marathon hits the streets, it should be more conducive to fine performances and more people-friendly.
Reason: the annual race is being moved up to January when the weather is colder and logistical challenges are less likely to pose a problem.
It’s the first time since its 1997 debut that the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon will not be held in February or early March. Instead, the next race will take place on Jan. 25 next year, organizers said Monday.
“We believe by moving the event from the post-Chinese New Year period to an earlier date runners can benefit from the generally more favorable weather conditions in January”, the Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association (HKAAA), one of the organizers, said in a statement.
Details of the new arrangements will be announced on the marathon’s official website and Facebook page.
Runners are less likely to suffer spasms, dehydration and slipping during January which is less rainy than February, Ming Pao Daily reported Tuesday, citing William Ko, HKAAA senior vice president and organising committee chairman.
Organizers are discussing detailed arrangements with the government but the enrollment quota and the marathon route are yet to be decided, Ko was quoted as saying.
More than 73,000 runners participated in the last marathon held on Feb. 16.
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