Organizers of a running competition that requires participants to drink beer during the 1,600-meter race has decided to adopt a Halloween theme for the contest instead.
RunOurCity, organizer of the Hong Kong Streetathon, has decided to call off the controversial Beer Run and replace it with a Halloween Run, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports, citing the group’s chief executive and co-founder Andes Leung.
The group, a social enterprise, announced in early August that no alcoholic drinks would be distributed to participants of the race after both the Department of Health and the Hong Kong Medical Association warned that their health and safety will be put in jeopardy if they drink alcoholic beverages and run at the same time.
Leung said that since no alcoholic drinks would be given to participants, thus removing the basis of the race, the event this year will be turned into a Halloween-themed run to avoid any misunderstanding.
For those who have already registered for the Beer Run, a full refund will be given from Aug. 28 to Sept. 30, or October at the latest.
When asked whether the organizer would hold a Beer Run in future, Leung said RunOurCity has been promoting running activities through innovative initiatives, a direction that it will continue to pursue.
Leung said the Beer Run stirred up a controversy because Hong Kong holds a different set of values from other places.
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