Hồ Tây Half Marathon returns

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Athletes run at the Hồ Tây Half Marathon in 2020. The tournament will return on April 17 after a postponement because of the pandemic. Photos of Hồ Tây Half Marathon

HÀ NỘI — The Hồ Tây Half Marathon – Legend Race will feature more than 3,000 entrants, competing around Hà Nội’s West Lake on April 17.

The tournament, sponsored by BIM Group, has been cancelled twice in 2021 because of the pandemic.

Runners will race in different courses: 3km for Kids and Family; a 6km Happy Run, 15km Conquer the West Lake; and a 21km Half Marathon, all designed to give participants the best experience of the lake’s historical and cultural relics and ancient structures such as Trấn Quốc Pagoda, and the Tây Hồ and Quan Thánh temples.

The marathon was first organised in 2020 and lured several professional athletes such as national 10,000m champion Phạm Thị Lệ Hồng, as well as SEA Games winners Nguyễn Thị Oanh and Đỗ Quốc Luật.

Phạm Duy Cường, the representative of the Hồ Tây Half Marathon, introduced the four courses during a press briefing on April 8 in Hà Nội.

They were registered to race in 2021 but failed to run as it was delayed until this April while they are in intensive training in Huế in preparation for the upcoming Southeast Asian Games.

However, organisers said national youth team runners would participate in the event.

The tournament is one of the activities held to promote sports and encourage people to run for better health and fitness.

It is organised by the Tây Hồ District People’s Committee and Big Prize Joint-stock company. — VNS

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