The 2015 Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon is the 19th edition of the popular running event, founded in 1997, held on January 25th 2015.
10km/ 10km Wheelchair Races: Start on Island Eastern Corridor; finish at Victoria Park, Causeway Bay
Half Marathon Races: Start on Nathan Road (near Hotel Mira), along Western Kowloon Highway, Tsing Kwai Highway (U-turn), Western Harbour Tunnel and finish at Victoria Park, Causeway Bay
Full Marathon Races: Start on Nathan Road (near Hotel Mira), along Western Kowloon Highway, Tsing Ma Bridge, West Kowloon Highway, Western Harbour Tunnel and finish at Victoria Park, Causeway Bay
3km Wheelchair Races: Start on Wan Chai Sports Ground, along Marsh Road and finishes at Victoria Park, Causeway Bay
The 19th Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon for the first time ever, runners sprinted to the finishing line along Hennessy Road.
Nearly 30 keen Gold Label runners took their first strides along Nathan Road once the starting-gun had been fired by the Honourable Mrs. Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Carrie, Chief Secretary for Administration of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Competition was fierce in the men’s race until Sentayehu Merga Ejigu from Ethiopia broke away at 32km. He went on to clock 02:13:00 amidst cheering supporters and claim the men’s champion’s title, as well as pocketing US$65,000 in prize money.
In the women’s race, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea runner Kim Hye Gyong showed stamina and perseverance despite being unable to break away from the other Gold Label runners until the last kilometre. She crossed the finishing line in 02:31:46 to be crowned the women’s Marathon Challenge champion, as well as the champion of the women’s category of the 15th Asian Marathon Championships. Hong Kong representative Yiu Kit Ching finished 19th in 02:45:45. Shingo Igarashi from Japan, the favourite in the category, took the men’s Asian title with a time of 02:14:29.
Li Shao Zhuang of China won the men’s Half Marathon race in 01:10:44. Australian runner Ellie O’Kane finished first in the women’s Half Marathon in 01:19:17.
The winner of the 10KM race could not be determined until the last minutes of the race, when Lo Ching Hin of Hong Kong passed fellow runners to finish first in 00:33:17. In the women’s race, Hong Kong runner Kong Lai Ming won the champion’s title in 00:38:33.
The Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2015 was designated as a Brand Hong Kong event by the HKSAR government. Sponsors of the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2015 included Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited, the Western Harbour Tunnel Company, Xtep International Holdings Limited, Citizen Watches (H.K.) Ltd, Watsons Water, Regal Hotels International, POAD Group Limited, F&H BY FANCL, GP Batteries International Limited, Mars Foods Incorporated SNICKERS chocolate, BMW Concessionaires (HK) Ltd, KRISCA The Nuts Specialist, and Hong Kong Broadband Network Limited. Supporting organizations include the Hong Kong Tourism Board, the Major Sports Events Committee, Transport Infrastructure Management, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, and the Information Services Department.