The Hong Kong Marathon is cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The race was to take place on January 24.
The Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon website provided the following on its website:
“…due to the uncertainty around the COVID-19 epidemic situation, the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon originally scheduled for Sunday, January 24 will be postponed,” the statement read.
“HKAAA is now actively working with relevant departments to determine the alternate date for the event and would like to thank Standard Chartered Bank Limited, other sponsors and supporting organisations, as well as all runners and members of the public, for their continued support.”
The event is a World Athletics Gold Label marathon race.
“The Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon, organised by the Hong Kong Amateur Athletic
Association, is Hong Kong’s largest participatory annual sporting event attracting over 70,000
local and overseas participants each year. Standard Chartered has been the title sponsor since
the first Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon in 1997 and also sponsors marathons in 7
other cities globally including Taipei, Singapore, Nairobi, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Stanley and
Jersey, as well as a 5km run in London.”
The event started in 1997, with an increased number of entrants each year. Hong Kong is now a signature international race and has been recognised as a “Brand Hong Kong Event” by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government. This is the first year that the race has been interrupted since its inception.
SHOESTRINGS: Meanwhile, the June 2021 scheduled Banff Marathon in Banff, Alberta appears to be going forward and registration has recently opened. Not a labelled race by World Athletics, but is in a stunning environment.