World class marathon to be held in Da Nang

About 5,000 local and foreign runners will participate in the 2018 Manulife Da Nang International Marathon along the coastline of the central city on August 12.

Vietnamese and Japanese runners celebrate after finishing the half marathon category at the Da Nang marathon in 2017 (Photo: VNA)

World Marathon Company and Pulse Active � organisers of the race � said that the number of runners would be limited at 5,000 after early bird registration was launched in January. This year's race is the 6th edition, with the tagline 'Because I love Da Nang'.

It will be split into four categories � 5km, 10km, 21km and 42km � starting in East Sea Park, then over the city's iconic bridges, Tran Thi Ly and ThuanPhuoc, before trailing along the pristine beaches of My Khe and Man Thai.

Since it was first organised in 2013, the event has attracted some 30,000 athletes from all over the world, and is seen as one of the top three marathons in Southeast Asia. Last year, more than 5,700 runners from 44 countries and territories joined the race, and more than 21,000 USD was raised for handicapped people, orphans, AO/dioxin victims, the Village of Hope and 15 low-income families in the city.

Source: VOV5