The participation quota for the 2024 Hong Kong Marathon will return to pre-Covid levels, with the event open to 74,000 runners. This edition of the event will take place on January 21, 2024, and will double as the 19th Asian Marathon Championships.
Participants can apply to run under one of three categories — the marathon (22,000 quota), the half marathon (21,500 quota), and the 10km (30,500 quota). Teams comprising 2-10 members can also apply to participate in the 10km run.
The marathon and half marathon routes will begin at Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui and end at Victoria Park, while the 10km run will begin at the Island Eastern Corridor and also end at Victoria Park. Local runners who complete the marathon under three hours (men) and three-and-a-half hours (women) will receive a cash prize of HK$10,000.
Registrations for guaranteed entry — those who were accepted for the 2020 event and did not participate in the marathon subsequently, as well as those who meet requirements for the challenge groups in various age categories — open at 10am on August 31 and close at 7pm on September 7.
The public ballot is open from September 21-October 5, while the disability entry category will accept registrations from September 21-December 8.
The 2023 edition of the marathon, which was held in February, was open to only 37,000 runners, while the 2021 event permitted only 18,500 participants to enter.
For more information about the Hong Kong Marathon, visit the event website.
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