2018 Techcombank Ho Chi Minh City International Marathon
Almost to 9,000 Participants joined the second edition of the Techcombank Ho Chi Minh City International Marathon.
HO CHI MINH CITY, December 2, 2018
On December 2, 2018, nearly 9,000 athletes from 63 countries participated in the second edition of the Techcombank Ho Chi Minh City International Marathon. The event attracted professional athletes, corporate executives, local celebrities, local run clubs, and many first-time runners. Participants started in downtown Ho Chi Minh City at the historic Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden and ran past key city landmarks including the Ho Chi Minh City Post Office, Saigon Opera House, and Ho Chi Minh City Hall. The marathon course crossed six districts on its way to the finish at the riverfront of Empire City in Thu Thiem, where runners were treated to stunning views of the Ho Chi Minh skyline.
Crossing the finish line first in a time of 02:20:20 and taking the $5,000 top prize was Geoffrey Birgen from Kenya. Second place with a prize of $2,500 went to Josphat Kiptanui Too Chobei from Kenya in a time of 02:23:47. Third place went to Peter Keter from Kenya who took home $1,500 with a time of 02:26:54. On the women’s side, the top spot and $5,000 went to Peninah Kigen from Kenya in a time of 02:47:03. Mercy Jelimo Too from Kenya finished second in a time of 02:49:28 and collected $2,500 while Susan Jepkoech from Kenya rounded out the podium in a time of 02:53:10.
“I’m thrilled by the results of the second edition of the Techcombank Ho Chi Minh City International Marathon,” shared Mr. Bui Ta Hoang Vu, Director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism who participated in the 21km event, “After following the event on a motorbike last year, I was excited to join the event as a participant this year. In completing this tough challenge, I was incredibly proud of what our city has to offer runners and am excited to support and promote this marathon to become one of the largest and most popular running events in Asia in the coming years.”
Mr. Le Truong Hien Hoa, head of the Ho Chi Minh City Tourism Promotion Board added, “With almost 9,000 participants from 63 countries (up from 44 last year), we have surpassed our expectations this year and were excited to see the wide range of participants from local residents to those traveling in from around the country and the region. In the years to come, we expect this event to not only serve as a community asset for residents but also an anchor as a major sports tourism attraction. The unique course does a wonderful job of showcasing our dynamic city and its bright future, taking our participants into the new urban area of Thu Thiem, and through many key historical and cultural landmarks.”
In addition to the marathon distance, a 21km, 10km and 5km (newly added this year) attracted thousands of experienced and many first-time runners. Over 82% of registrants across all distances were from Vietnam, with the oldest male and female finishers being 68.
Participants and the general public were also treated to a weekend of exciting activities at the Marathon Village at Empire City. Activities included a 1.5 km and 3 km (introduced this year) Kids Run, Marathon Village activities, live bands and DJs, drum performances and a Meet-the-Pros session, all designed to inspire individuals to embrace healthier lifestyles, overcome challenges and engage in our community.
Techcombank CEO and marathon finisher, Nguyen Le Quoc Anh shared, “I want to congratulate all the finishers in this year’s event. From 5km to the marathon distance, it was inspiring to see thousands of runners, including many of our own employees, showcase what it means to be greater together in their journey to the finish line. Techcombank is proud to be the strategic partner of this world-class city marathon we look forward to working together with the Ho Chi Minh City Government and Sunrise Events Vietnam to continue to grow this event in the years to come.”
This event also presented an opportunity for the running community to give to those less fortunate. For the Ho Chi Minh City Fund for the Poor and the Ho Chi Minh City Sports Talent Support Fund, the organizer donated VND 10,000 per km for every participant who completed their race within the cut-off time. In total 900 million were donated to these two wonderful charities. In addition to this, Techcombank Ho Chi Minh City International Marathon also donated 70 million to Newborns Vietnam.
Manulife is proud to return again this year as the Exclusive Sponsor of the exciting “Marathon Village. And with Revive and the 5km are both making their first appearance at this year’s event and so is the “First Step Challenge” campaign. Organizers are taking their commitment to put on a race for all individuals one step further with a challenge to make exercise part of our daily life. Companies are being challenged to become ‘First step Challenge Partners” encouraging employees to enter any of the race distances and run together.
Sunrise Events Vietnam General Manager Onslo Carrington shared after the event, “We are proud to bring back the second edition of this landmark event, together with the Ho Chi Minh Government, our strategic partner Techcombank and much appreciated the many sponsors, partners, and volunteers that came together to make this event possible. We are proud to have nearly doubled the number of registered participants this year including having the largest ever marathon field in Vietnam’s history with over 1,150 runners. After catching up our breaths we will be back to planning for an even bigger and more exciting event next year.”
About Sunrise Events Vietnam
Sunrise Events Vietnam was established in 2015 and is the exclusive licensee of the World Triathlon Corporation for IRONMAN 70.3 events in Vietnam. The vision of the company is to stage world-class endurance and transformative events that promote active, inspiring and healthy lifestyles for Vietnamese while establishing the country as one of premier sports tourism hubs in Asia. In addition to the TECHCOMBANK IRONMAN 70.3 Vietnam, the company also organizes the Techcombank Ho Chi Minh City International Marathon, the largest international running event in the country.
Established in 1993, Techcombank is one of the largest JSBs in Vietnam, and one of the leading banks in Asia. It provides a broad range of banking products and services to more than 5.4 million customers in Vietnam with an extensive network of 315 branches across Vietnam.
Techcombank pursues a proven, differentiated customer-centric business model with demonstrated success in implementing their ecosystem approach of partnering with anchor corporate clients such as leading real estate developers, airlines, and utility companies. The Bank’s unique value proposition, tailored products, and market leading quality of service allows them to capture a high-quality retail customer base of affluent and mass-affluent Vietnamese which delivers the highest risk-adjusted returns.