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Tuesday, September 17, 2013


There will be 1,500 fewer runners for the 10-kilometer race during next year's 18th Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon.

This is because some runners were injured in falls caused by others stopping to take photos in the last running of the event.

The number of athletes joining the 10km run in 2013 was 38,000.

But the quota for the entire 2014 event, to be held on February 16, will be 73,000 - or 1,000 more than the 2013 running. The quota for the full 42.195km marathon and the 21.1km half-marathon will be increased by 500 and 2,000, respectively, said the bank's Hong Kong chief executive Benjamin Hung Pi-Ching, pictured.

Standard Chartered said the increase in the overall quota is to encourage runners to upgrade to longer-distance races.

The prize money has been increased from US$258,400 (HK$2.01 million) to US$300,000.

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