VnExpress Marathon ends in big wins and grins

Update: 15:39 | 11/06/2019

5,000 runners braved the heat in the central beach town of Quy Nhon on Sunday to join the VnExpress Marathon.

Half an hour before race time, the athletes gather at Nguyen Tat Thanh Square on the coastal Xuan Dieu Street to warm up.

VnExpress Marathon, big wins and grins, beach town, regular marathoners, running clubs,  charming setting, disadvantaged students

At 4 a.m. the starter’s gun set nearly 700 runners off for the most challenging distance of 42 km. Most of them are semi-professionals or those who have spent a lot of time training for the marathon.

Besides regular marathoners who are all too familiar with the grueling nature of the race, the VnExpress Marathon also attracts a large number of entrepreneurs, beauty queens, models, children, and people with disabilities.

It is in fact a festival that brings together 120 running clubs from around Vietnam such as SRC (with 310 registered members), SolarBK, Danang Runners, HCR, VP Iron, VietRunners, RFF, Phu Tho Runners, Phu My Hung Runners, and Vietrace365.

VnExpress Marathon, big wins and grins, beach town, regular marathoners, running clubs,  charming setting, disadvantaged students

Danang Runners member Thinh Nguyen secretly planned to propose to his girlfriend Canh Linh before coming to the race. He kneeled at the finish line to ask for her hand.

At 4 a.m. the starter’s gun set nearly 700 runners off for the most challenging distance of 42 km. Most of them are semi-professionals or those who have spent a lot of time training for the marathon.

The charming setting with the lush scenery and shrimp ponds in Nhon Hoi, a village along Thi Nai lagoon, is a highlight of the VnExpress Marathon.

VnExpress Marathon, big wins and grins, beach town, regular marathoners, running clubs,  charming setting, disadvantaged students

The event attracts nearly 100 children under 16 for 5 km and 10 km races.

5,000 people joined the VnExpress Marathon 2019, organized by VnExpress and the Binh Dinh Province People's Committee, including 115 foreigners from 26 countries and territories. The event attracts nearly 100 children under 16 for 5 km and 10 km races.

It’s the only marathon in Vietnam that sets the course through the Thi Nai (2.5 km) sea overpass.

VnExpress Marathon, big wins and grins, beach town, regular marathoners, running clubs,  charming setting, disadvantaged students

Nguyen Thi Oanh is first in the 10 km women’s race, while Le Trung Duc wins the 10 km for men. Tran Dang An and Bui Thi Bich Nguyet are the men’s and women’s winners of the 5 km race.

Organizers will donate 10 percent of the ticket sales proceeds to VnExpress’ Hope Foundation, which works to improve learning facilities for disadvantaged students.

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Source: VnExpress

 
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