Next year’s edition of the Hong Kong Marathon is scheduled for January 21, 2024, and will also be 19th Asian Marathon Championships. This will be the fifth time that Hong Kong has hosted the bi-annual event, which is open to top runners from around 45 regions across Asia, and the first time the run will take place after the pandemic.

The Hong Kong Marathon was last held on February 12 this year with a participant quota of 37,000. Organisers hoped to hold the next race in November 2023 with a quota exceeding 70,000 runners, but reportedly scrapped their plans due to several other big-ticket sporting events — such as the FIA World Rallycross Championship and the Gay Games — also being scheduled in the same month.

Hong Kong’s typically cooler weather in January is also thought to be a factor in moving the race to early 2024. “The race set for January will provide ample time for attracting more international athletes to participate. We hope the cool weather will elevate runner’s performance and flavour better results,” said Kwan Kee, Chairman of the Hong Kong Association of Athletics Affiliates, in a statement.

Event details regarding registrations and runner quotas have not yet been announced.

 Header image credits: Hong Kong Marathon via Facebook

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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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