On 12 August, more than 7,000 local and foreign runners from 52 countries and territories around the world raced in the Manulife Da Nang International Marathon (DNIM) 2018 at the Eastern Sea Park on Vo Nguyen Giap Street, Son Tra District.
The race is the first Vietnamese marathon certified by the International Amateur Athletics Association (IAAF) and the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races.
The event involved 4 races: a full marathon (42.195 km), a half marathon (21.098 km run), a 10 km run and a 5 km run. The route for the full marathon and half marathon was Eastern Sea Park – Vo Nguyen Giap Street – Nguyen Van Thoai Street – Tran Thi Ly Bridge – Second of September Street - Bach Dang Street – Nhu Nguyet Street - Thuan Phuoc Bridge – Le Duc Tho Street - Hoang Sa Street – Le Van Luong Street – Hoang Sa Street – Vo Nguyen Giap Street - Eastern Sea Park, with marathon entrants doing 2 laps.
As for the 10km run, the route was Eastern Sea Park - Vo Nguyen Giap Street - the intersection of Nguyen Van Thoai, Vo Nguyen Giap and Hoang Sa streets - Hoang Sa Street - Vo Nguyen Giap Street - Eastern Sea Park.
With regard to the 5km run, the route was Eastern Sea Park - Vo Nguyen Giap Street - the intersection of Phan Ba Phien and Hoang Sa streets - Vo Nguyen Giap Street - Eastern Sea Park.
DNIM 2018 raised more than 11,600 USD, including the donations from US veteran Dennis Zaborac and members of the Silver Strider Club from the US, to help orphans, Agent Orange/dioxin victims, the poor and the disabled of the city.
It is reported that Japanese runner Suzaki Yuuya won the men’s full marathon (42km), while Vietnamese Pham Thi Hong Le finished first in the women’s division at DNIM 2018.
Suzaki clocked a time of two hours 32 minutes and 16 seconds and beat his country-fellowman Koji Nishizawa, who came second with a time in two hours 45 minutes and 17 seconds, followed by Vietnamese Huynh Tan Tien in third with two hours 57 minutes and three seconds.
In the women’s marathon, Pham Thi Hong Le finished first in 3hr 4min 4sec, faster than her teammate, Nguyen Linh Chi, who came in second and France’s Marion Torres, who was third.
Japanese runners dominated the other races as well, with Hiroki Nakajima winning the men’s half marathon (21km) in 1hr 24min 44sec.
Vietnamese runners Nguyen Dang Khoa and Doan Ngoc Hoang ranked second and third, respectively.
In the women’s 21km, Lo Thi Thanh from Viet Nam finished in 1hr 13min and 5sec to win the title, ahead of Japanese Tomomi Nakajima, who came second in 1hr 17min 40sec, and Nguyen Thuy Phuong in third.
Vietnamese athletes – Le Duc Tuan and Nguyen Thi Huong – won the men’s and women’s 10km.
From Da Nang Newspaper