Do You Know? New, Interesting Bits about 2020 Marathon

Do You Know? New, Interesting Bits about VPBank Hanoi Marathon ASEAN 2020


1. Selected as a typical cultural and sport event in a series of activities to welcome the year Vietnam takes the role of ASEAN Chairman, with the official name as the VPBank Hanoi Marathon ASEAN 2020.

2. It is the first official marathon which adopts connection and digitalisation in Vietnam, allowing both the physical competition and the online race to take place at the same time.

3. Mini races are hosted in various locations and connected with the main marathon held at Hanoi's Hoan Kiem Lake.

4. The Start time at 00:00 is aimed to let runners meet sunrise and experience the sweet flavours of Hanoi autumn.

5. Results made at the marathon are recognized as qualifying conditions for participating in the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) along with major and prestigious international marathons such as the Berlin Marathon, the Boston Marathon, the Tokyo Marathon etc.

6. The marathon contains a "warranty" that allows runners to reserve their Bib for 2021.

7. Runners will get a free gift, containing a set of photos “RUN TO MEET SUNRISE - WELCOME TO NEW NORMAL”, capturing their best moments on the track.

8. The marathon will be streamed on many of the most popular online and social network platforms.

9. The marathon complies with rules on ensuring safety in preventing and fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic:

- Runners are required to make medical declaration at and install BlueZone software on their mobile phone before coming to receive the Race Kit;

- Runners must have their temperature measured when entering the event area;

- Observing distancing at the Race Kit pickup area and the Start line;

- It is imperative that all runners and members of other units participating in the event wear mask and disinfect their hands before entering the Race Kit collection points, the Start and Finish areas;

- Professional units and volunteers must wear gloves at the event;

- Running categories have their start times divided into several slots, beginning from 00:00 a.m. on October 18, 2020 and the area should be cleared right after each category is completed to ensure the number of runners gathering at the same place is not too high.

10. The marathon takes place at the time when the pandemic has not completely ended globally; the timing of the event may change depending on the actual situation required by the government or the municipal authority. If, due to force majeure, the marathon's official activities cannot be held outdoors, the Race Organizing Committee will switch to the contingency plan, hosting online the VPBank Hanoi Marathon ASEAN 2020 and will make an official announcement on the event's website and fan page.


Let's run and shine with the "Cohesive" and "Responsive" spirit along with the VPBank Hanoi Marathon ASEAN 2020!

Race date: October 18, 2020




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