Keep Running Safe As Coronavirus Outbreak Now Pandemic

HANOI, March 14 (DHA) - The World Health Organization has this week declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, which will prompt countries around the world to adopt stricter measures to help prevent the spread of the disease.

Globally nearly 5,000 people have been killed and 133,000 in 122 countries and territories infected with COVID-19, WHO latest data show.

Responding to the COVID-19 spread, governments have announced travel restrictions, extended school holidays, cancelled or postponed public events including races and marathons, which often draw tens of thousands of participants.

For runners, their routine training can now be affected because of fears over the virus spread, quarantined areas and risk of infection at public areas.

Keep Running Safe As Coronavirus Outbreak Now Pandemic

A Vietnamese woman runs on the Long Bien Bridge across Hanoi's Red River as part of a road testing on Aug 31, 2019. As the coronavirus outbreaks spread around the world, runners should keep their training on but ""in a smart and sensible way", the Runner's World magazine advised. Credit: VPBank Hanoi Marathon.

The question now is how to keep it up while staying safe amid the global pandemic. We have some answers to it.

In Vietnam, organizers of VPBank Hanoi Marathon, one of the country's biggest, most professional races, have found a way around. They have teamed up with 84RACE, a Vietnamese platform specialised in providing virtual races, to arrange a chain of running challenges. The first of the series set for March is aimed at helping runners get through the pandemic and continue training in order to retain the tempo.

For details of the challenge taking place on March 7-31, please visit here.

Keep Running Safe As Coronavirus Outbreak Now Pandemic

A Vietnamese man runs past the St. Joseph's Cathedral in Hanoi as part of a road testing on Aug 31, 2019. As the coronavirus outbreaks spread around the world, runners should keep their training on but ""in a smart and sensible way", the Runner's World magazine has advised. Credit: VPBank Hanoi Marathon.

On Wednesday, as the WHO announced COVID-19 a pandemic, Runner's World magazine listed out seven tips to help prevent disruptions to the training schedule, saying runners could cover the distance "in a smart and sensible way".

1. Don’t run the actual route

2. Plot a lapped route

3. Record it

4. Make it runner-friendly

5. Get dressed up

6. Keep it small-scale

7. Celebrate at the end

For full details, please visit here.

Keep Running Safe As Coronavirus Outbreak Now Pandemic

A Vietnamese man runs past Hanoi's Flag Tower as part of a road testing on Aug 31, 2019. As the coronavirus outbreaks spread around the world, runners should keep their training on but ""in a smart and sensible way", the Runner's World magazine has advised. Credit: VPBank Hanoi Marathon.

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