Date
19 November 2017
Runners Andrew Dawson (left) and John Ellis are in full yellow regalia to kick off the umbrella marathon across Hong Kong. Photo: Facebook
Runners Andrew Dawson (left) and John Ellis are in full yellow regalia to kick off the umbrella marathon across Hong Kong. Photo: Facebook

Protest marathon to map out umbrella across Hong Kong

To mark the one-month anniversary of the pro-democracy Umbrella Movement, a group of runners launched a marathon across Hong Kong with a symbolic twist – the route forms the outline of an umbrella with a GPS tracker.

John Ellis and Andrew Dawson, two of the runners, kicked off the 102-kilometer race at 4 a.m. on Wednesday.

Organizers said the event aims to demonstrate that the road to genuine universal suffrage is long and full of challenges.

But “no road is too long and no mountain is too high when on the path to human dignity and respect for all citizens”, Richard Scotford, one of the organizers, wrote on the event’s Facebook page.

The runners started at the Shing Mun Reservoir dam wall in the New Territories and would pass through the Tai Lam Reservoir dam wall, Sheung Tsuen Park, Ma On Shan sports field and Monkey Hill, among other places.

They would then take the Star Ferry to reach Central and proceed to the finish line at the Admiralty protest site.

Runners are welcome to join the marathon at any stage; the only requirement is that they should wear yellow.

It has been a month since the civil disobedience campaign started on Sept. 28, when police fired tear gas and pepper spray on the protesters who only had umbrellas to protect themselves.

The umbrella has since become the symbol of the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement.

On Tuesday, protesters put up their umbrellas and held a silent vigil in Admiralty to mark the one-month anniversary of the protest.

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