10,000 join "eat and run" charity event

January 14, 2019 15:28
Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung (center) and other guests wave at participants of the Hong Kong Streetathon at the Kwun Tong Bypass on Sunday. Photo: ISD

At least three runners who joined the Hong Kong Streetathon in Kowloon collapsed and were taken to hospital amid the humid weather. 

Close to 10,000 people participated in Sunday's annual charity event, where participants could eat and run at the same time, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports. 

A total of 64 people felt discomfort or had injuries during the competition, according to RunOurCity, the event's organizer. 

A man lost his consciousness shortly before finishing the race, and was rushed to the intensive care unit of Union Hospital. He later regained consciousness. 

Two other runners also collapsed and were sent to United Christian Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital. 

Their condition was not life-threatening, the organizer said. 

The event, in its sixth year, was sponsored by Wong To Yick Wood Lock Ointment. 

This year's theme was "Tung Shing" (通勝), meaning sure win for Hong Kong people, and "Running is Winning." 

Participants started at the Kwun Tong Bypass, with the finishing line for the half marathon (about 21 kilometers) on San Shan Road in To Kwa Wan and Hoi Bun Road for the 8-km runners. 

Some of the runners dressed up as superheroes like The Flash and Wonder Woman. 

Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, the guest speaker, said running is the simplest kind of sport to do and costs the least, adding that the government is proactively supporting sports development in the city. 

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