Simon Charley, Vanuatu’s VAN2017 Mini Games Marathon Champion, is heading to “The Hong Kong Marathon”.
The annual event, sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank, is held in January or February in Hong Kong every year.
Around 70,000 runners take part each year across all events and midst the high levels of humidity and a difficult course, the Hong Kong Marathon comparatively slower than other large marathons.
The course records were both set in 2012 by Ethiopians: Dejere Abera has the men’s record of 2:11:27 hours while Misiker Demissie holds the women’s record of 2:30:12 hours.
Hong Kong Marathon was first granted as IAAF Bronze Label road race by International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in Year 2012 race, and it was upgraded as IAAF Silver Label road race in Year 2013 race, and continued to keep this rating in Year 2014 and Year 2015 race.
The Hong Kong Marathon has hosted the Asian Marathon Championship race on four occasions (2002, 2008, 2013 and 2015).
The Pacific VAN2017 Mini Games Gold Medalist is also taking part in his second major event after winning three Gold and a silver during last years VAN2017 Mini Games, his first major in the sport.