For the first time ever, VnExpress Marathon will be held in the northern port city of Hai Phong on December 17, 2023, with an anticipated 8,000 runners. With four distance options of 5km, 10km, 21km and 42km, the race will take runners through iconic landmarks of the city. Hai Phong has a big and ever-growing running community, and with its 600 streets in seven downtown districts, it provides a perfect backdrop for the competition. Moreover, its historic French colonial architecture, as well as its renowned culinary culture, will add to the attraction of the marathon. Easily accessible from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, it is also connected to other major cities in Vietnam, like Da Nang, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc and more. As with other VnExpress Marathons, runners can expect full support with medical care, drinking water and security on the route.