VOV.VN - The sixth annual international marathon to honour Halong Bay, a UNESCO-recognised World Heritage site, was held in Quang Ninh province, northern Vietnam, on November 22.
The competition was jointly organised by Quang Ninh and the Vietnam Track-and-Field Federation.
The event attracted more than 2,500 local runners and about 150 foreigners who are living and working in Vietnam. Athletes competed in the 5-10-21-42km race categories.
According to organisers, the Halong Bay Heritage Marathon 2019 attracted approximately 3,000 athletes of whom half were foreigners coming from 56 countries and territories.
But this year’s event saw a sharp drop in the number of foreigners taking part due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, they said.
Halong Bay Heritage Marathon is one of the largest, professional and best organized international marathon competitions in Vietnam. It takes place every year on the last Sunday of November at the UNESCO-recognised World Heritage Site.
The race aims to create a healthy environment where enthusiasts can challenge themselves, meet and share experiences. The specially designed track is a unique road that crosses Bai Chay, the longest single span bridge in Southeast Asia, and gives athletes a spectacular view of the magic landscape of Halong Bay.