VPBank Hanoi Marathon 2021 Track To Skip 122-Year-Old Long Bien Bridge

VPBank Hanoi Marathon 2021 Track To Skip 122-Year-Old Long Bien Bridge

VPBank Hanoi Marathon organizers will take the 122-year-old Long Bien bridge off the marathon’s route this year to ensure runners attain their best personal records.

Given a large number of runners have registered for the 2021race, while the bridge bed is narrow, its rough, uneven surface due to the erosions over time will certainly not meet the professional requirements, affecting marathoners' performance. The Race Organizing Committee (ROC) has decided to adjust the running course and skip the Long Bien bridge to help runners reach their highest performance in the race this year, the year accompanying the 31st SEA Games.

In previous races, the course of the 42-km and the 21-km distances ran through the Long Bien bridge across the Red River. Construction of the bridge began in 1899, lasted until 1902 and it was open to traffic the following year.

The VPBank Hanoi Marathon, organized for the first time in October 2018 and which has since been held annually, is highly appreciated by the runner community as its exclusively non-looping track goes through Hanoi's six inner districts, running past many landmarks and heritage sites, including the historic Long Bien bridge.

Running on the bridge has always been a special experience for marathoners because they would feel connected to part of the capital's history, and also thanks to emotional photos taken by professional photographers in the ROC arrangement.

Details on the running track for the 2021 race will soon be announced by the ROC.


The VPBank Hanoi Marathon has been an official member of the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) since 2019, with the running track meeting standards of the World Athletics (WA) and the AIMS. The marathon is part of the official competition system of the Vietnam Sports Administration and the Vietnam Athletics Federation. In 2021, the VPBank Hanoi Marathon was honored to be selected as a prestigious race to assess the personal records of non-professional runners so they could get the opportunity to compete with athletes from Southeast Asian countries at the 31st SEA Games.  


Race Date: October 24, 2021


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