VnExpress Marathon gets international certification

By Anh Vu   March 28, 2019 | 07:18 pm PT
VnExpress Marathon gets international certification
An AIMS expert tests and measures the VnExpress Marathon 2019 running track. Photo by VnExpress/Thuy Lien
The Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) certified VnExpress Marathon’s running track on Thursday.

The AIMS granted the International Measurement certificate for the VnExpress Marathon 2019 track. This means it will also be certified a standard running track by the International Association of Athletics Federations, under an agreement between the two agencies.

The certificate will be valid for five years or until significant changes are made to the track.

Runners can use their record in VnExpress Marathon to sign up for bigger events like Boston Marathon, Chicago Marathon or New York City Marathon.

Before granting the certificate, the AIMS activated a long process of testing and evaluating. Experts carefully tested and measured the whole track over four distances: full marathon (42 kilometers), half marathon (21 kilometers), 10 kilometers and five kilometers.

The certificate for VM 2019 in Quy Nhon. 

The certificate for VnExpress Marathon 2019 in Quy Nhon in central Vietnam. 

VnExpress Marathon 2019 will be held in Quy Nhon, capital of the south central province of Binh Dinh, on June 9.

It’s the only marathon in Vietnam that sets the course through the Thi Nai (2.5 kilometers) sea overpass.

For safety reasons, there will be a rehydration spot every two kilometers on the course and five mist-spray spots for runners to cool down in the hot summer weather. Medical centers and restrooms will also be set up.

After the run, the participants’ chip tag number will be raffled to select winners of various prizes including watches, running shoes and gift certificates.

This is also a charity run. Organizers will donate 10 percent of the ticket sales proceeds to VnExpress’ Hope Foundation, which works to improve learning facilities for disadvantaged students.

The marathon’s goal is also to spread the sporting spirit and strengthen the sense of community.

Sign up for VM 2019 here.

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