Date
15 October 2018
Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung (third left) and other guests cheer on runners at the start of the 2018 Hong Kong Streetathon@kowloon at the Kwun Tong Bypass on Sunday. Photo: ISD
Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung (third left) and other guests cheer on runners at the start of the 2018 Hong Kong [email protected] at the Kwun Tong Bypass on Sunday. Photo: ISD

Who says you can’t eat while running? 13,000 join HK Streetathon

Little kids are sure to get a scolding from their parents if their hyperactive bodies prevent them from staying put while partaking of lunch or snacks on the family table.

But that’s exactly what a fun race held on the streets of Hong Kong this Sunday was all about: participants had to eat a wide array of street food while running at the same time.

More than 13,000 people joined the Hong Kong Streetathon at Kowloon organized by RunOurCity and sponsored by China Life (Overseas), the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The event, now in its fifth year, started at the Kwun Tong Bypass and ended at the former Kai Tak runway. It included a half marathon (21 kilometers) and a 10-km race.

The theme of the race was “Play Eat Run”. Running is certainly good for the health, but while racing to break the tape at the finish line, participants were treated to a variety of local and foreign delicacies such as abalone, diced beef, fishballs, siumai, and bubble milk tea at the supply stations along the course.

George Roux, who won the half marathon, said it was fun to mix eating with running. Another participant, a medical doctor, thought it was not a big problem to do both simultaneously. 

The champion of the women’s half marathon, said to be a nurse, revealed that she did not eat any of the snacks for the runners. Abalone, for one, is hard to digest and could have affected her performance, she said.

About 260 people felt discomfort or had minor injuries during the competition, and at least one was rushed to hospital after experiencing shortness of breath, Headline Daily reported.

It was not clear if any of the participants experienced stomach trouble, or suffered as a result of eating snacks while running.

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