A total of 2,400 runners have registered for the Yoma Yangon International Marathon as of December 25, 2013, the event’s organisers said.
The marathon will take place on January 19.
The Yoma Yangon International Marathon 2014 is jointly organised by Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) and local conglomerate First Myanmar Investment Co Ltd.
More than 78 percent (1,875) of the participants are Myanmar citizens, the organisers said in a statement. The registration date was extended until 31 December 2013.
Race kit for registered runners can be collected at Thuwanna National Indoor Stadium on 16 to 18 January 2014 (10am to 5pm). The race kit includes t-shirt, race bib and race guide from Yoma Yangon International Marathon.
For both 42 kilometre and 21 kilometre, prize money will be awarded to the first three male and female winners. Finisher t-shirts will also be given to those who finishes 42km full marathon. Medals will be awarded to all who finished the 42km, 21km and 5km races, and 10 lucky draws are available for anyone who finishes the race.
International runners will also be joining the marathon and the registration fees will be donated to three organisations who are dedicated to the education and healthcare of the children of Myanmar – YCDC Day Care Center, Thukha Yeik Myone Humanitarian Centre for HIV infected orphans and Mon Ywar Orphanage.
Last year’s winner for the Men’s Full Marathon was Gitau Kariuki from Kenya, who ran the course in 2 hours 19 minutes and 13 seconds, while the women’s event was won by Ma Mi Mi Aye from Myanmar, with a time of 2 hours 46 minutes and 7 seconds.