The Hanoi Half Marathon is back, raising awareness on the issue of traditional medicine made from wildlife

Hanoi, Vietnam, 29 September 2022 – The 13th edition of the Hanoi Half Marathon (formerly the Song Hong Half Marathon) returns after a four-year hiatus. The race will take place on November 6th, with a new route featuring the entire run course inside Ciputra Hanoi International City.

Sporting Republic has once again partnered with Education for Nature – Vietnam (ENV), to raise funds and awareness on the problem of traditional medicines made from wildlife. Killing of wildlife for such ends directly contributes to the destruction of biodiversity and has pushed numerous species to the brink of extinction.

“Run for Tigers” Hanoi Half Marathon, 2018

This includes rhinos poached for their horns, bears exploited for their bile, turtles killed for their shells and meat, and tigers hunted and farmed to make tiger bone glue. The public can take action against such practices by partaking in the race and helping to raise awareness on this important issue in Vietnam, with global impacts upon wildlife.

Participants will enjoy a scenic race inside Ciputra – one of the most tranquil spots in Vietnam’s capital city. Various events are scheduled – the main race of the 21K Half Marathon, plus, the shorter 10K, 5K and a 1K kids race, finishing inside the grounds of Ciputra Golf & Fitness Club, where athletes are welcome to use the shower and changing facilities after their run.

“The Hanoi Half Marathon will be a sporting, family-friendly, fun-oriented event,” said David Shin, Race Director of event organizers, Sporting Republic.

“This event is not just for athletes or runners, but of course, for all families, companies, and anybody else who thinks they would like to participate. The run is definitely open to you,” he added.

“Run for Rhinos” Song Hong Hanoi Half Marathon, 2015

In the last Hanoi Half Marathon, held in 2018, there were over 750 runners in attendance from 31 different countries, all running in support of ENV’s tiger program.

This year, race participants will select their animal to run for, choosing from rhinos, tigers, bears, and turtles. This lets runners create their own team identity through outfits, face paint and banners, and shows support for a species threatened by demand for traditional medicine products.

When registering as a group of 10 or more, you will save 10% on the total price. The largest company or group to register also stands to win a special award.

Aiming to attract hundreds of local and overseas participants, registration for the event is open at the Hanoi Half Marathon website www.hanoihalfmarathon.com.

Registration closes on October 23rd, 2022, so be sure to sign-up and become part of the community running for wildlife.