Viet Nam News
HÀ N?I — A record some 300 people will participate in the annual Ti?n Phong Newspaper Marathon being held in Ninh Bình Province on Sunday.
According to the organisers, 32 athletes, thrice more than last year, will run the 42.195km category. The remaining will take part in marathons of different distances, categorised for professional and amateur runners.
“We believe the tournament will be competitive with hundreds of participants, many of them from strong teams such as Khánh Hòa, Bình Phu?c and Army,” Nguy?n M?nh Hùng, general referee of the event, said.
“At the event, you will see last year’s winners – Ð? Qu?c Lu?t (men’s 10km), Ph?m Th? Hu? (women’s 5km), Hoàng Th? Thanh (women’s 42.195km) and Bùi Th? Anh (men’s 42.195km) – compete to defend their titles.
“It’s great to know that this is the first time the Ti?n Phong event has attracted the participation of more than 20 amateurs and one woman, who will compete against professional marathoners,” he said.
At this year’s competition, athletes will get the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful landscape of Nình Bình Province’s Tràng An Tourism area, which hosted the film crew of Kong: Skull Islands last year.
Prize money is VNÐ200 million (US$9,000),
The organisers have also invited Vi?t Nam’s beauty pageant contestants to participate in the event.
Miss Vi?t Nam 2010 Ð?ng Th? Ng?c Hân, First Runner-up of Miss Vi?t Nam 2016 Ngô Thanh Thanh Tú and other beauties have promised to run on Sunday.
Launched in 1958, the Ti?n Phong Newspaper Marathon is the oldest event of its kind in Vi?t Nam. Since its launch, the event has not been held only once in 1980 because of certain reasons.
At its first edition, there were only 72 runners, including three-time Olympic winner Emil Zatopek of Czech Republic. He was also the first foreigner running at the event.
Through 57 competitions, sports officials have discovered several talented athletes such as Bùi Luong, Nguy?n Van Thuy?t, Luu Van Hùng, Truong Thanh H?ng and Ph?m Th? Bình. All have been national champions and regional medal holders. — VNS