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Hong Kong Marathon returns with thousands of local runners, negative COVID tests and perseverance

The Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon returned this year with 15,650 participants after being suspended in 2020.

Runners pass through West Kowloon highway near Nam Cheong station at 7am. Toilets and first aid are provided. There are 25 first-aid stations throughout the full marathon. More than 400 people were injured, including at least 20 who were hospitalised, with one in critical condition.
A sweaty runner refreshes himself with water outside Victoria Park, Causeway Bay after finishing the race.
Runners gather outside the Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station at 5:40am.
the first batch of runners wait on Nathan Road for the 6am marathon start.
The second batch of full marathon runners wait behind the starting line. A runner covers himself with a plastic bag. At 6am it is 23 C.
Runners are allowed to take off face masks during the race. Rubbish bins are located on two sides of the track for mask disposal.
Runners return across the Tong Kau Bridge in Tsing Yi and pass a water station at 7:20. There are 14 water stations throughout the full marathon.
A runner grabs chugs an energy drink on the Ting Kau Bridge in Tsing Yi. Runners usually drink 5 ounces to 12 ounces of fluids every 15 to 20 minutes during a marathon.
Emcee and media rehearse for the prize ceremony in Victoria Park, which has restricted entry only for runners, staff and registered media. A negative COVID-19 test 72 hours before the race was required for everyone.
Crowds wait for runners at the finish line outside Victoria Park, Causeway Bay at 9:20am.
A visually impaired runner reaches the finish line with his guide after running the whole course.
For thousands, the finish line at Victoria Park represents accomplishment.
A runner enters the last part of the race. Nervous onlookers cheer on their friend running in the women's marathon. Any Hong Kong permanent resident who finishes the women's marathon in less than 3 hours and 30 minutes gets HK$1,000.
Sara Wat, a runner of the half marathon, said she was happy about her result in the race and excited to participate in a real marathon event after two years of pandemic.
Nathan Wong Kwok-wai, said the Western Tunnel was the most difficult part. He had to remind himself he had been training so long for this race that he cannot give up.
A fan holds up a sign saying, “Add oil and have a good run,” near the starting line.

《The Young Reporter》

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