Around 6,500 people are expected to participate in the second Ho Chi Minh City Run, which will be held on January 18, 2015.
The event, themed Conquer the Phu My Bridge, will include the divisions of up to 5km (3.1 miles), 10km and a half marathon, 21km. The 2,100-meter-long Phu My Bridge is the city's longest cable-stayed road bridge.
“HCMC Run is a playground to promote sports movement as well as encourage healthy lifestyles of young generation in the community,” the organizer Pulse Active said in a statement.
“Through the event, runners can conquer the challenging race and overcome their own limits in the exciting and vibrant atmosphere.”
Participants and visitors will have the chance to take part in the first Sport & Tourism Expo from January 17-18.
Participating fee for the run is VND220,000, VND400,000 and VND600,000 for 5km, 10km and 21km divisions respectively.
Members of the Run Club in HCMC sharing their love for running at the launch of the HCMC Run 2015. Photo: Minh Hung
Participants will get a kit of T-shirt, bib number and program leaflet.
Organizers will grant prizes rangin from VND1 million to 6 million, a GPS sport watch and sport shoes, as well as certificates for all those who complete a division.
The first HCMC Run was held in in 2013 and attracted 5,400 participants.
“The success of the event last year as well as a large number of participants is a clear evidence for widely spreading healthy lifestyle of Vietnamese, in order to improve fitness and get a better shape,” according to Pulse Active.
“By using electronic chips as intelligent and fair scoring system, which has been applied in many international races/marathons, HCMC Run is the biggest and most professional community running event ever held in the city.”
Established in 2013, Pulse Active has successfully organized major events including HCMC Run 2013, Color Me Run, Da Nang International Marathon 2014 and Prisma Run 2014.
A view of the Phu My Bridge, which connects District 2 and District 7 in HCMC.