The Standard Chartered Marathon has been organized by Hong Kong Amateur Athletics Association for 11 years since 1997. Now it becomes a signature international sporting event in Hong Kong and was recognized as a "Brand Hong Kong Event" by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government. The Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2007 was successfully held on 4 March 2007, attracting over 37,000 runners to the starting line. With the generous support of the public, the Standard Chartered Marathon Charity Programme has raised over HK$1.7 million from this year's Marathon. The funds is used to support the Hong Kong Paralympic Committee & Sports Association for the Physically Disabled (HKPC&SAPD) and Standard Chartered's "Seeing is Believing" charity campaign. About the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2007
The Standard Chartered Marathon 2007 followed its famed urban route starting at Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui and finishing at Golden Bauhinia Square in front of the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. The total prize money for international marathon is US$65,300. Standard Chartered Hong Kong will continue to offer its special prize purse of over HK$144,000 to be shared by the top three finishers who are Hong Kong Permanent Residents in the Marathon, Half-Marathon and 10km race. A Time Bonus scheme had also been established to encourage local runners in the full marathon. Hong Kong Permanent Residents finishing the Marathon 3:00:00 or under for men and 3:30:00 or under for women each received HK$1,000. (Please see the table 1.1)
|Race |10km |Half Marathon |Full Marathon | | |10km Challenge |10km Run 1 |10 km Run 2 |
Quota |8,500 |9,000 |9,500 |11,000 |7,500 | |Table 1.1 Event Information The Standard Chartered Marathon 2007 again served as the final race of Standard Chartered's global marathon sponsorship initiative, the Greatest Race On Earth. Launched in 2004, the Greatest Race On Earth sees teams of marathon runners chasing the fastest cumulative time over four Standard Chartered marathons around the world for a total prize purse exceeding US$ 1.5 million. This year's Greatest Race On Earth included Standard Chartered marathons in Nairobi, Singapore, Mumbai and Hong Kong. Event Characteristics
In order to attract more participants, each year has different themes. • 1997: Standard Chartered Marathon, running from Hong Kong to Shenzhen, China symbolizing the return of Hong Kong's sovereignty to China, was staged as a cross-border race. • 1998: Marking of a super structure ever built in Hong Kong, the Marathon took place in the newly built Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok , with the Start on the Tsing Ma Bridge (the longest suspension bridge in the world) and ended on the Airport runway. • 2002: Hong Kong hosted the 8th Asian Marathon Championships with a record of over 24 Asian countries/territories taken part in this event. • 2003 : Celebrating 150th Anniversary of Standard Chartered Bank, the prize money was topped up to US100,000. • 2006: 10th Anniversary of The Standard Chartered HK Marathon • 2007: 10th Anniversary of the return of HK’s sovereignty to China The new sponsorship contract reflects the continued growth of the Marathon over the first ten years of Standard Chartered's title sponsorship. In this period, the Marathon's participatory levels have risen from 1,076 in 1997 to over 4,4000 in 2007, through a combination of attracting premier marathoners and serious runners from around the region, and through the expansion of the Marathon's format to include activities for all interested local runners. Involved Parties
Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited is in its 11th year of title sponsorship to the Hong Kong Marathon. Additional sponsors and supporting parties include: New Balance...