Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – 6th May 2013 – This Saturday, May 11, hundreds of runners from across the globe will descend on Phu Quoc to trace a course that follows the island’s scenic coastline. In this, the second year of the Phu Quoc Half Marathon, the organizers will play host to over 300 athletes. Participants will have the option of running one of three distances – the featured race, which is the 21km half marathon, or either a 10km or a 5km run.
Tran Thuy Ha, a sales manager based in Hanoi, will be one of the competitors this year. Tran, 29, has completed many half marathons, but this is the first time she’ll be running on Phu Quoc Island. Her comments echo those of many who have already signed up for the event:
“It’s about time someone organised a competitive running event in Vietnam given the country’s beautiful landscape and friendly people. It’s an added bonus that I don’t have to travel overseas to compete.”
Tran is eager to challenge herself on the demanding course, which starts and ends at Long Beach Resort Phu Quoc, an upscale resort located on the [south shore of the] island.
“Participants will encounter a varied and interesting course,” explains David Shin of race organiser Sporting Republic. "It’s not a typical half marathon as it offers participants the experience of running on a tropical island with spectacular ocean vistas on one side and amazing views of Phu Quoc’s national park on the other.”
Runners are likely to be equally pleased with the weather, as Phu Quoc’s weather is forecast to be dry the day of the race, with cooler temperatures in the late afternoon.
“We look for temperatures ranging from 26 to 28 degrees in the late afternoon when the race is in full swing. These are ideal temperatures for running and so we anticipate some fast times,” says Shin.
Organisers have arranged for the course to be open for three hours to allow as many runners to finish as possible.
The Phu Quoc Half Marathon is being held to raise Phu Quoc’s international profile and, ultimately, attract investors to the region.