This group of participants included 1,000 children and 15 international athletes from 14 countries and territories.

This event is the second edition of its kind, meeting international standards recognized by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS).

The tournament officially began on Sunday morning, offering 5km, 10km, 21km, and 42km races for both professional and amateur runners.

The runners who participated in this tournament can use their results to register for prestigious running events around the world, such as the World Six Majors. These events take place annually in Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City.

On Saturday afternoon, the races for children as part of the tournament were completed.

Nguyen Phuoc Thien, vice-chairman of the People’s Committee of Dong Thap Province, located in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region speaks at the opening ceremony of the Dat Sen Hong (The Land of Pink Lotus) Marathon held in the provincial capital city of Cao Lanh, October 14, 2023. Photo: Dang Tuyet / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Phuoc Thien, vice-chairman of the People’s Committee of Dong Thap Province, located in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region, speaks at the opening ceremony of the Dat Sen Hong (The Land of Pink Lotus) Marathon held in the provincial capital city of Cao Lanh, October 14, 2023. Photo: Dang Tuyet / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Phuoc Thien, vice-chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, stated that this annual running event is an important opportunity for Dong Thap to showcase its beauty through its vast lotus fields, hospitable people, and attractive destinations.

“We hope all participants will enjoy their time in Dong Thap by visiting tourist attractions, trying local dishes from this lotus-dominant land, and shopping for One Commune One Product items and handicraft products.

“We would greatly appreciate your feedback to help us improve the quality and quantity of this running event.”