More than 11,000 runners take part in Yangon Marathon

Source : Myanmar Times
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Jan 20, 2020

The Yoma Yangon International Marathon took place for the eighth time in Yangon on Sunday with the participation of more than 11,000 runners in four categories.

YYIM is jointly organised by Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd, First Myanmar Investment Public Company Limited and Yangon City Development Committee.

The four categories are 42km Full Marathon, 21km Half Marathon, 10.5km Challenge and 3km Fun Run/Walk which started and finished at Thuwunnabhumi Event Park.

In the Men’s Full Marathon, Philip Lagat from Kenya finished first with a time of 2 hours 33 minutes 33 seconds (02:33:33).

Coming in second was Htay Ko from Myanmar with a time of 2 hours 55 minutes 44 seconds (02:55:44) while Zaw Thwe Win from Myanmar came in third with a time of 2 hours 55 minutes 44 seconds (02:55:44).

In the Women’s Full Marathon, Edinah Mutahi from Kenya took home the title after clocking 3 hours 2 minutes 37 seconds (03:02:37) to come first.

Finishing behind her was Masako Nakamura from Japan in second place (03:11:08) and Thidar Cho from Myanmar in third (03:15:34).

In the Men’s Half Marathon Challenge, John Muiruri Mburu from Kenya came in first place with a time of 1 hour 2 minutes 8 seconds (01:02:08). The Women’s Half Marathon saw Alice Koigi from Kenya finish first with a time of 1 hour 18 minutes 29 seconds (01:18:29).

In the Men’s 10.5km Challenge, Francis Ngigi from Kenya led the field and claimed first place with a time of 34 minutes 14 seconds (00:34:14) to earn the US$800 prize. Aye Aye Thant from Myanmar came in first in the Women’s 10.5km Challenge, recording a time of 37 minutes 33 seconds (00:37:33).

The champion of men’s and women’s full marathon bagged US$2,700 each while first runner sup got $1,400. Second runners up received $900.

The winners of the men’s and women’s half marathons were awarded $1600 each, first runners up got US$900, and second runners up took home US$500.

The event also raised funds for charity.

With the theme of “Run for Children”, the proceeds of YYIM 2020 fundraising efforts will be donated to the five charity groups – the YCDC Non Profit Child Day Care Centre for Low Income Citizens, Myanmar Red Cross Association, Institute of Sports and Physical Education, M2030, an organisation fighting Malaria, and Jump! BEAM Youth Development Programme.

The eighth edition of Myanmar’s largest marathon saw growth in participation,

from 9,000 in 2019 to more than 11,000 in 2020.

TOP IMAGE: Winners of the Yoma Yangon International Marathon pose for a group photo in Yangon on Sunday. Photos - Mar Naw

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