Crashing halt in race for marathon entry

Central Station | Charlotte Luo 13 Sep 2018

The Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon's website ran into problems for a few hours as it started accepting online applications for next year's event yesterday.

The organizer had to resort to a standby page while repairing the system.

A spokesman said the website crashed as too many people tried to use it at the same time. The registration quota is 74,000.

"We are extremely sorry! The team is doing everything to fix the registration platform now. We will further update you once it's back in order again! Thank you for your patience," the organizer said on Facebook at around 11am.

One hour later, it provided a direct link for people to register.

The website was back to normal later in the afternoon. The registration period for the race to be run on Sunday, February 17, will conclude at 7pm on September 17.

Runners who meet the qualifying criteria are required to pay only after the ballot results are announced on September 21. A total of 62,284 people participated in this year's event.

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