Acting Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu and other guests sound air horns at the starting ceremony of the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2021 at Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui on Oct 24, 2021. (EDMOND TANG / CHINA DAILY)
HONG KONG - Hong Kong’s iconic marathon event, which was canceled last year due to the pandemic, returned on Sunday with 18,000 participants.
Acting Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu presided over the start of the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2021 in Tsim Sha Tsui, the first major mass participatory sporting event in the city since the pandemic began.
Participants wore face masks before taking them off at the starting line on Nathan Road. Besides the full marathon, there was also a half-marathon and a 10 km race, which kicked off at at Western Harbour Crossing Toll Plaza.
Participants of the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2021 wear face masks at the start of the race on Oct 24, 2021. (EDMOND TANG / CHINA DAILY)
The finish line of all three races was set at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay.
All runners were required to have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before the race. They are also required to stay in the city for at least 21 days and get free virus tests within 72 hours prior to the marathon.
Local runner Wong Kai-Lok finished the men's full marathon in 2 hours, 31 minutes and 10 seconds to bag the champion title. The first place of the women's full marathon was claimed by local marathoner Yiu Kit-Ching, who clocked in at 2 hours, 39 minutes and 27 seconds.
The race was originally planned to be held on Feb 9, 2020.
Participants of the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2021 make their way down Nathan Road on Oct 24, 2021 (EDMOND TANG / CHINA DAILY)
Participants of the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2021 are seen on the Connaught Road Central Flyover on Oct 24, 2021. (EDMOND TANG / CHINA DAILY)
With Xinhua inputs
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