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Locals win most races of 2020 Vietnam Trail Marathon, foreigners claim two events

Sunday, January 12, 2020, 17:43 GMT+7
Locals win most races of 2020 Vietnam Trail Marathon, foreigners claim two events
Tran Duy Quang (L) won the 70km men’s run in seven hours, six minutes, and fifty-six seconds at the 2020 Vietnam Trail Marathon. Photo: Minh Khuong / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese runners garnered most of the awards at the 2020 Vietnam Trail Marathon while foreigners won the two first prizes in the standard course for men and women on Saturday.

The office worker Tran Duy Quang finished the 70km men’s run in seven hours, six minutes, and fifty-six seconds.  

Quang had expected a finish twenty minutes shorter than his achievement last year.

But his run this year was almost one hour faster than that of last year.

Nguyen Thi Duong, a Vietnamese woman, claimed the 70km women’s course in 10:33:12. Duong is Vietnam’s leading marathoner and now works for a company in Hanoi.

Vanja Cnops from Belgium won the 42km women’s race after 4:56:37 while Germany’s Markus Gnirck claimed the men’s category in 4:27:28.

Pham Thi Hong Le covered 21km in 2:28:03 to claim the event’s first prize, with Pham Tien San being the first to touch the finish line in the men’s run in 1:51:55.

In the 10km women’s category, Tran Thi Huong ran for 1:26:04 while Nguyen Truong Chinh reigned over the men’s event in 1:22:00.

In its second edition, the Vietnam Trail Marathon was organized by Denmark’s Topas Travel Company.

Over 3,000 runners joined the marathon from 42 countries and territories.

Miss Vietnam 1994 Nguyen Thu Thuy and UK Ambassador to Vietnam Gareth Ward were among the marathoners.  

The marathoners ran over the 70km, 42km, 21km, and 10km courses through mountain paths in Moc Chau District, Son La Province, located in northern Vietnam.

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