Over 1,500 runners join Hanoi Moi Run for Peace 2017

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The 44th Hanoi Moi Newspaper Run for Peace kicked off on October 1, attracting more than 1,500 domestic and foreign athletes. (Credit: NDO)
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NDO – Over 1,500 domestic and foreign runners competed at the 44th Hanoi Moi (New Hanoi) Newspaper Run for Peace 2017, held in the walking street space around Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem Lake on October 1.

Runners, who were Hanoians, capital city officials, workers, students, and foreigners working and living in Hanoi, competed in separate categories and prizes for professional and amateur runners.

In the amateur category, runners competed in a range of distances, ranging from 1,730m to 5,250m.

The pro event witnessed 130 professional athletes from 17 teams join the advanced categories for runners from the relevant provincial and sector athletics teams. Women ran three laps - equivalent to 5,250m - around Hoan Kiem Lake, while men completed five laps, around 8,750m.

At the opening ceremony, the city leaders and delegates signed their names on a peace flag, reaffirming the message of peace to friends around the world, contributing to raising the voice of solidarity, compassion and the determination to work towards a better future.

The first prize of the pro team event went to the Hanoi delegation, followed by Ninh Binh and Bac Giang. Le Trung Duc from Thanh Hoa province claimed the top title in the men’s pro running (8,750 m), while the champion in the advanced women’s category (5,250 m) went to Doan Thu Hang from Quang Ninh.

On the occasion, the Hanoi Moi Newspaper presented VND50 million to support the Hanoi for Disadvantaged People Fund.

The annual event is co-hosted by the Hanoi People's Committee, the Hanoi Moi Newspaper and the city’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, as one of the key sporting activities to celebrate the 63rd anniversary of the liberation of the capital city (October 10), the 18th anniversary of Hanoi's recognition as a City for Peace by UNESCO and the 60th anniversary of the Hanoi Moi Newspaper’s first issue (October 24).

Following are several moments captured by Nhan Dan correspondents at the event:

Representatives from the city’s agencies, the organisers and sponsors sign the peace flag at the opening of the run, conveying the message for peace to society.



This year’s event saw the participation of over 1,500 runners.



Foreigners, including several ambassadors, also took part in the traditional run.



Adam Robinson from the United Nations International School of Hanoi won first prize in the foreign amateur running category.



Father and son running together.



Many young foreign children joined their family members to take part in the Hanoi run.

Winners in the high school girls’ category receiving their honours.



Le Trung Duc crossed the finishing line to win first prize in the male advanced event.



Locals cheering on the athletes.

The run offers a fine experience for foreign athletes and conveys a message of peace and solidarity to friends around the world.