UPDATE: On January 19, the organisers of the Hong Kong Marathon announced that participants will not need to undergo any pre-race Covid-19 testing.

The number of runners who can take part in the Hong Kong Marathon is increased to 37,000. When the event was first confirmed to take place on February 12, 2023, the participant quota was set at 25,000. Priority will be given to runners who are on the current waiting list.

All runners must have valid vaccine passes, undergo a PCR test within 48 hours of race day, and take a rapid antigen test (RAT) on the day of the event. They must also scan the LeaveHomeSafe app and will only be allowed to enter the race venue if they have a blue code.

In addition, the second round of the public ballot payment for the marathon opens on December 12 and will close on December 16.

This year’s event will include three races: the marathon, the half-marathon, and the 10km race. The marathon and half-marathon will begin at Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, while the 10km run will begin at the Island Eastern Corridor. All three races will end at Victoria Park.

Header image credits: Hong Kong Marathon

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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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