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Hanoi, October 1, 2020


With the slogan “Meet sunrise - Welcome to New Normal”, the VPBank Hanoi Marathon ASEAN 2020 has become the official event of the ASEAN 2020 Chairmanship, and it will also be the first large-scale community activity to mark a new period, a “new normal” life after the COVID-19 pandemic in Vietnam as well as in the entire ASEAN bloc.


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“Being hosted as soon as Vietnam returns to a ‘new normal’ state, VPBank Hanoi Marathon ASEAN 2020 is an event of great significance in terms of diplomacy, culture and community not only for the capital of Hanoi, but also for the whole country,” a representative of the Race Organizing Committee (ROC) affirmed.

In order to observe social distancing rules and give runners new experiences of striding on the Hanoi streets in the middle of a beautiful autumn night, VPHM's full marathon (42-km distance) will start at 0:00 on October 18, while the start time for other categories will be 3:00 a.m. for the 21-km half marathon, 4:30 a.m. for the 10-km category and 8:00 a.m. for the 5-km run. The Start line is located in front of Ba Kieu Temple, Hoan Kiem district, and the marathon will take runners through six Hanoi districts, with tracks going past heritages and architectural works associated with history of the Capital's establishment and development.


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Using the online platform, the marathon will attract thousands of runners to join the Hanoi event and connect with other locations in Vietnam and around the world. On October 18, thousands of runners from all continents, having their footsteps connected with the marathon to be live broadcast, will convey a vivid message of “Vietnam - a safe destination”, which has an important meaning to the country's image, especially to the tourism industry now dealing with the difficult period caused by the pandemic.

According to the ROC representative, fully grasping the “Cohesive and Responsive” spirit, the theme proposed by Vietnam for ASEAN year 2020, the VPBank Hanoi Marathon ASEAN 2020 has been closely monitoring the pandemic progress in ASEAN countries and has actively built many responsive scenarios, a part of which is digital activities and online race. Digital activities will help ensure the scale and quality of the event, while increasing the likelihood of social distancing, the key to Vietnam's miraculous success in controlling the pandemic.

When most international marathons have been postponed or canceled, the successful organisation of the Hanoi race carries a special meaning for Vietnam's image, showing a safe country, ready to open doors for integration and welcome foreign visitors when the pandemic has been spectacularly controlled.

Held annually since 2018, the VPBank Hanoi Marathon is recognized as a member of the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS), with the running course standardized by AIMS experts. Runner's results at the VPBank Hanoi Marathon this year continue to be recognized as the qualification to participate in the prestigious Boston Marathon.

In particular, VPBank Hanoi Marathon ASEAN 2020 achievements will also be officially recognized for runner qualification to compete in the regional SEA Games 2021 to be held in Vietnam.


Contact information:

DHA Company

• Ms. Nguyen Thi Hong Hanh (Executive Director); Mobile: +84 90 343 2295

• Ms. Tran Dieu Hong (In charge of communication); Mobile: +84 91 367 0989

• Ms. Do Hong Anh (PR); Mobile: +84 98 319 8039


Vietnam Prosperity Bank (VPBank)

• Ms. Truong Thi Tuyet Trinh (PR); Mobile: +84 90 489 9413

• Ms. Dam Thanh Huong (PR); Mobile: +84 90 461 8722




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