The Hong Kong Marathon
, sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank
, is an annual marathon
race held in February or March in Hong Kong
. In addition to the full marathon
, a 10 km run and a half marathon
are also held.
The race started in 1997 with 1,000 runners; today over 40,000 take part each year.
In 1997 Standard Chartered decided to sponsor the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Marathon, held by the Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association
, which had been previously suspended for three years due to lack of funds. The route was between Sheung Shui
The Marathon started at Tsing Ma Bridge
and ended at the newly-finished Hong Kong International Airport
on Chek Lap Kok
, with 6,000 participants.
The race was moved to urban areas for the first time, starting in Central
, ending at Sham Shui Po Sports Ground
, with 7,000 participants.
The route started from Hong Kong Cultural Centre
, Tsim Sha Tsui
, and ended at the Sham Shui Po Sports Ground. The half-marathon was added, alongside with the already-existing full marathon and 10 km race.
In 2001 the number of participants exceeded 10,000. The race track started from Nathan Road
, then out to West Kowloon
, onto West Kowloon......