The 37th Run for Peace. Photo: Thethaovanhoa
Nhan Dan - Thousands of athletes joined the final round of the 37th Hanoi Moi (New Hanoi) Newspaper Run for Peace which took place at Hoan Kiem Lake yesterday as part of the 1000th anniversary of Thang Long - Hanoi celebrations.
The annual event attracted nearly 2,000 participants including about 300 university, college and vocational high school students, and 700 from junior high schools, high schools, state organisations and armed forces from districts in Hanoi together with 200 athletes from 26 teams from provinces and cities across the country. Eleven ambassadors and 300 staff members from nearly 30 embassies and international organisations in Hanoi also participated in the run.
After a torch-light procession during the opening ceremony at the Ly Thai To Monument, the representatives signed the flag of peace and took part in the amateur 1,750m; 3,500m and 5,250m races for both men and women, and the advanced, professional 5,250m run for women and 8,750m for men.
Nguyen Dang Duc Bao from Khanh Hoa finished first in the men’s professional race, followed by Nguyen Van Lai from the Army team and Bui The Anh from the Border Guard team, while in the women's event Nguyen Thi Phuong from Thanh Hoa province won the first prize, Nguyen Dang Thanh Thuy from Khanh Hoa and Nguyen Thi Huong from Thai Binh ranked second and third respectively. In the team event, Khanh Hoa ranked first, followed by the Border Guard team and Hanoi.
In the events for amateur runners, Luke Kenny from the United Nations International School (UNIS) topped the men's individual event for foreigners, and second and third prizes went to Nicolas Remires from the French School Alexandre Yersin and Nguyen Quang Phi from UNIS respectively. Meanwhile, Hazel Akester from UNIS, Catirina Axelsson from the Swedish embassy and Heidi Kay from UNIS took the three top positions in the women's individual event.
Other prizes were also given to individuals from universities, colleges, vocational high schools, junior high schools, high schools, state organisations and the armed forces who ranked from first to fifth in the competition.