A cross border marathon to
promote goodwill through
sports competitin between Myanmar
and China will be held
on the Jiegao-Muse-Shweli
route on 31 December. The
theme for the marathon this
year is ‘One Marathon Race—
Two Countries Running’.
The event will include five
races in three divisions - amateur,
half marathon, and marathon.
The amateur races are open to both individuals and families. About 3,000 people are expected to compete in the 7.5- km amateur, about 2,000 people have registered for the 21.0975- km half marathon, and about 1,000 runners will attempt the 42.195-km marathon.
The 2018 Myanmar-China International Marathon will start from the Jiegao cultural ground in China. Participants will proceed through Muse and finish at the Momo Park in Shweli Town, China.
“This year’s marathon will be an important platform for cultural, social, peace, economic, and sporting exchanges between Myanmar and China. The marathon will take runners 1 to 6 hours to complete, depending on the event,” said the Deputy Minister for Information for Dehong prefecture’s party committee.
The Myanmar-China marathon was first held in 2017 with participation of athletes from 19 countries. Athletes from 22 countries have registered for the marathon this year.
The estimated cost of the whole event will be Yuan 9 million. The winner of the marathon will be awarded Yuan 20,000, while the winners of other races will be awarded between Yuan 8,000 and Yuan 6,000. For the race held only for 50 Myanmar runners, the Paukphaw Friendship Award winners will be awarded Yuan 100 each.