Are you a regular runner and someone with great passion for running? Or have you always dreamt of joining a marathon as a challenge?
If you’re going to be in Hanoi in October this year 2019, you will have the perfect opportunity to join a marathon in this beautiful capital city of Vietnam!
The first Long Bien Marathon was held in 2016 to join the several different marathons regularly organised in other cities of Vietnam – Da Nang Marathon, Ha Long Heritage Marathon and Ho Chi Minh City Marathon.
Every year, this event happens in October when Summer has just gone past and welcoming the cool breezy Autumn days, allowing runners to enjoy the run at the perfect temperature.
Long Bien Marathon is named after a district called Long Bien where the Red River and Duong River intersect. This area is just across the Red river from Hoan Kiem district and there are historical relics as well as rustic sceneries of the country.
The official website of the organisation stated its mission as:
“This is a not-for-profit running race that aims to connect community and develop an awareness for running. The race is also proudly missioned to support Longbien Fund for Challenged Households. October is a perfect time for running with beautiful weather. Running alongside green roads in this time of the year will be an unforgettable experience for any runners.”
Along with the respectful and conscious purpose of its mission, the Long Bien Marathon also aims to help local communities through the fund raised from runners’ registration.
Their race charity statement announces that “Longbien Marathon does not only develop awareness for running on a societal scale, but also advocate healthy lifestyles and strive to connect surrounding communities. Longbien Marathon’s social development mission is to support Longbien Fund for Challenged Households. Every successful registration of Longbien Marathon will contribute to this Fund.”.
Not only will you be surrounded by wonderful runners who are in full support of taking the challenge to sustain a healthy running habit, but you’ll also be able to take part in helping a great cause to local communities.
There are four different distances you can choose to run – 5KM, 10KM, 21KM, 42KM depending on your preference and goal.
Your sole interest might be to complete the course and you may not be aiming for any awards, but if you do want to receive a finisher medal, there are race cut-off time standards within which you should finish your run to receive a finisher medal.