The marathon was originally scheduled for January 24 this year but is delayed to October 24 in view of the coronavirus. The 2020 Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon was previously canceled in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the first time since 1997.

Further details will be announced late this month on whether the race will be held in October as planned, with registration likely to open next month.

About 70,000 runners turn up each year for the event, but this time the event has been downsized to 18,000 registrants due to health concerns.

Among the 18,500 places, 8,000 of them are for the 10km race and 6,500 are for the half-marathon. While 4,000 of them will be runners for the full marathon.

The full marathon this year will only invite less than 20 overseas runners to participate, according to the organizer.

The organizer said runners participating in the event this year must receive both doses of any Covid vaccine 14 days before the race.

The entry fee will also remain the same for all three races, but with an extra HK$50 as an “epidemic administration fee” for the organizer to purchase anti-epidemic supplies.

All participants will get half of their entry fee refunded if the race is canceled 14 days prior to the event. While no refund will be available after that.