Marathon back with new start

Local | Erin Chan 24 Sep 2021

The Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2021, to be held next month, will move the starting point of its 10-kilometer race to the Western Harbour Crossing toll plaza.

The marathon, scrapped last year due to the pandemic, is set for October 24.The starting point of the 2019 event's 10km race was the Island Eastern Corridor near Fortress Hill.

The starting point of the 42km full and 21km half-marathon this year will follow that of 2019 - Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui - says a document from the Hong Kong Association of Athletics Affiliates to the district council.

The ending point of the three races will be at Victoria Park, as in 2019.

All three races will cover Argyle Street, West Kowloon Highway, Stonecutters Bridge, Nam Wan Tunnel, Cheung Tsing Tunnel, Tsing Kwai Highway, Western Harbour Tunnel, Connaught Road West Flyover and Hennessy Road.

Organizers will cancel the 10km and 3km Wheelchair Races, as well as the Youth Dash this year, citing the slopes in Central and Sheung Wan.

This year, the number of runners dropped drastically to 18,500 compared with 74,000 in 2019.

Organizers limited the number of runners as an anti-epidemic precaution. Selected runners will have to be fully vaccinated and get nucleic acid test reports two weeks and 72 hours before the marathon.

They are also required to submit proof of vaccination and a health declaration form when collecting their runners' packs confirming they have not been outside Hong Kong in the past 21 days.

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