Getting ready for Sunday's Da Nang Marathon Competition

posted Aug 29, 2013, 10:33 PM by Danang Beach
The Da Nang International Marathon Competition, the first of its kind  to take place in the city, has been recognised as an international event by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS).

The Deputy Director of the city’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Mr Nguyen Phuc Linh, said he was confident that this year’s event would be a success, and it would set the stage for future competitions.

He reported that the local police had made detailed plans to ensure social order and security, as well as the safety of all the runners.  He added that 14 first-aid stations and drinks stands will be set up along the marathon route.  In addition, 5 ambulances will follow the runners during the races in order to promptly rescue anyone with unexpected health problems, and there will be first-aid at the start/finish line.

Furthermore, the local Urban Environment Company will take responsibility for cleaning up the nearby areas before, during and after the competition.  The Department of Transport will also take effective measures to ensure traffic safety during the races.

Up to now, about 3,400 athletes have registered for the full marathon and the half marathon races.  Around 390 of them are from 25 overseas countries and territories, including Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, New Zealand, South Korea, England, the USA, France, the Netherlands, Germany, South Africa, Canada and Colombia.

Most notably, 69-year-old John Wallace, who has participated in more than 300 marathons in over 100 countries, will be competing in the competition.  Viet Nam is the 117th country in which he has raced.

Apart from the city’s own significant preparatory work, the competition is receiving remarkable support from world-renowned technical consultants.  They are the Vice Chairman of AIMS, Mr Dave Cundy, and the representative from the Run to Fun Travel Company and Director of the North American Event Organising Company, Ms Kathy Lopez.  Mr Patrick Carroll, an Australian sports commentator, will be the MC for the competition and for the Gala Dinner later in the day.

This year’s event will comprise 3 races: the full marathon (42.195km) and a half marathon (21.0975km), both starting at 5am, and a 5km run and walk which starts at 7am.  The races are expected to have all finished by 10.30am.

The awards to the prizewinners will be presented at a Gala Dinner at 6pm.

(Source: Danang Today)