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Tuoi Tre, Coteccons to hold half-marathon race in southern Vietnam in August

Tuoi Tre, Coteccons to hold half-marathon race in southern Vietnam in August

Wednesday, June 19, 2024, 09:10 GMT+7
Tuoi Tre, Coteccons to hold half-marathon race in southern Vietnam in August
Tran Xuan Toan, deputy editor-in-chief of Tuoi Tre, delivers his speech at a press briefing on June 18, 2024 to introduce a half-marathon race. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

The GreenUP Marathon - Long An Half Marathon 2024 running race will be organized in Can Giuoc District in Long An Province, southern Vietnam on August 24 by Coteccons Construction Joint Stock Company in cooperation with Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper, the provincial Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, and Dong Tam Group.

The organization board announced the launch of the half-marathon race at a press briefing held at the headquarters of Tuoi Tre in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday morning.

The race is expected to feature over 4,000 runners who will compete in the three distances of 5km, 10km, and 21km.

The third edition of the race will treat runners to a spectacular marathon route set to traverse Long An International Port, which is considered the Mekong Delta region’s import-export hub.

Besides, runners can admire the highest flagpole in Indochina with a height of 63 meters.

In an effort to deliver a vision of a green environment, the organizers of the half-marathon race will use medals made out of recycled materials and runner shirts made of eco-friendly materials.

In addition, the organization board is committed to planting trees in Quang Tri and Quang Binh Province, north-central Vietnam after the race finishes. Some 11,000 trees might be grown in each of the two localities.

Also, GreenUP Marathon 2024 will accompany Long An Province in children support activities.

The cooperation between Coteccons and Tuoi Tre was established thanks to their common commitments to ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) practices in a bid to develop Vietnam into a prosperous and sustainable nation.

Tuoi Tre is one of the leading newspapers in Vietnam in terms of encouraging individuals and organizations to join sustainability-driven programs.

In April, the news agency rolled out the Green Vietnam project, which encompasses a range of activities such as the Green Vietnam Forum, the My Green City initiative, the Green Regeneration competition, guided tours of Green Factories, and the Green Vietnam Festival – an event focused on recycling ideas. These events were scheduled to take place throughout 2024.

Green Vietnam aims to improve the community’s and enterprises’ awareness of the importance of environmental protection and sustainable development, encourage individuals, organizations, and enterprises to apply eco-friendly production and business solutions, and honor those with sustainable development models and products.

GreenUp Marathon is part of the Green Vietnam project.

On the marathon routes of 10 and 21 kilometers, runners will have a chance to admire a charming natural landscape with paths lined with coconut trees and shrimp-farming ponds.

One of the highlights of the race will be an exhibition near the finish line which is set to entertain runners with southern cultural features such as don ca tai tu (southern folk music) and traditional drum performances.

"In addition to promoting the positive message of developing a daily exercise habit, the half-marathon race is meant to encourage people to adopt a green lifestyle,” Tran Xuan Toan, deputy editor-in-chief of Tuoi Tre, said at the press conference.

“This is a non-profit race. Participating in the race means that runners are contributing trees to the organization board’s planting initiatives."

With the ‘Finish line is a place to start’ motto, this year’s GreenUP Marathon - Long An Half Marathon 2024 is associated with a journey of green commitments and sustainable lifestyle that can help people cross their finish line and continue to conquer a new race.

Runners should equip themselves with determination and endurance, and maintain a stable pace to reach the finish line.

Bolat Duisenov, chairman of Coteccons, attends a press briefing on June 18, 2024 to introduce a half-marathon race. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Bolat Duisenov, chairman of Coteccons, attends a press briefing on June 18, 2024 to introduce a half-marathon race at Tuoi Tre's office in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Coteccons, which is one of the five leading construction firms in Vietnam. The companies is determined to pursue its goal of giving back to the society.

Through the race, Coteccons would like to share its philosophy: be ready to step forward with a strong will to accomplish success while fulfilling social responsibility to create sustainable values, said Bolat Duisenov, chairman of Coteccons.

Vo Quoc Thang, chairman and CEO of Dong Tam Group, speaks at a press briefing on June 18, 2024 to introduce a half-marathon race. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Vo Quoc Thang, chairman and CEO of Dong Tam Group, speaks at a press briefing on June 18, 2024 to introduce a half-marathon race at Tuoi Tre's office in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

The organization board of a half-marathon race slated for August. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

The organization board of a half-marathon race slated for August 2024. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Vo Quoc Thang (right, 5th), chairman and CEO of Dong Tam Group, receives flowers from Tran Xuan Toan, deputy editor-in-chief of Tuoi Tre. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Vo Quoc Thang (R, 5th), chairman and CEO of Dong Tam Group, receives flowers from Tran Xuan Toan, deputy editor-in-chief of Tuoi Tre. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

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