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Over 4,000 take part in midnight run in downtown Ho Chi Minh City

Over 4,000 take part in midnight run in downtown Ho Chi Minh City

Sunday, March 26, 2023, 15:56 GMT+7
Over 4,000 take part in midnight run in downtown Ho Chi Minh City
People take part in the District 1 Midnight Run 2023 in Ho Chi Minh City, March 25, 2023. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

More than 4,000 people including both Vietnamese and foreigners participated in the District 1 Midnight Run 2023 on Saturday.

The run was co-organized by the District 1 People’s Committee and Ben Thanh General Cultural JSC.

The track stretches through many cultural heritage sites of Ho Chi Minh City, namely the municipal People’s Committee headquarters, Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, Bach Dang Wharf, Reunification Palace, Ben Thanh Market, and Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens, among others.

Participants run in front of the Municipal Theater of Ho Chi Minh City, March 25, 2023. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Participants run in front of the Municipal Theater of Ho Chi Minh City, March 25, 2023. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

The organizing board hopes to introduce the culture, history, and traditions of District 1 that are associated with the image of a sleepless city.

More than 4,000 people participated in the event, not only to improve their physical health but also to witness the city at night.

Participants run across Tan Dinh Church in Ho Chi Minh City, March 25, 2023. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Participants run across Tan Dinh Church in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, March 25, 2023. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Among the foreign participants were over 260 expats in different localities of Vietnam, alongside more than 100 athletes from 16 countries.

Through the event, the organizing board will donate VND700 million (US$29,700) to the fund for the poor in District 1.

Participants run across the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee headquarters, March 25, 2023. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Participants run across the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee headquarters, March 25, 2023. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

As of early 2023, Ho Chi Minh City had nearly 32,000 eateries, restaurants, and street food establishments, according to the municipal Department of Tourism.

District 1 has more than 1,300 business establishments providing services that are considered core activities of the nighttime economy.

Participants run along Hoang Sa Street in Ho Chi Minh City, March 25, 2023. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Participants run along Hoang Sa Street in Ho Chi Minh City, March 25, 2023. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

A group of participants pose for a photo in Ho Chi Minh City, March 25, 2023. Photo: Huu Hanh / Tuoi Tre

A group of participants pose for a photo in Ho Chi Minh City, March 25, 2023. Photo: Huu Hanh / Tuoi Tre

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