Macau International Marathon: December 4, 2011

The long arm of international marathons have reached our shores!

Many of our local runners are lured into venturing out of the country to experience running in international races, often searching beyond the local scene, making plans on which races to join.

However, it’s quite rare that an international race will go out of their way to promote a marathon earnestly to a country outside of their own and i think it’s one clever idea to venture out of one’s confines, specially with our own local organizers staging international marathons who would want greater participation from other countries.

Last Thursday, the Macau Government Tourist Office here in the Philippines (through RunRio events) launched the Macau Galaxy Entertainment International Marathon 2011 here in Manila. It will be held on December 4, 2011 in Macau, China. The event will  feature a Marathon, Half Marathon, and a Mini-Marathon (6.5k).

The full marathan course is basically an out and back course loop that starts at Cotai, races upwards to Taipa , then crosses the bridge going to Macau city proper then back to Taipa then ventures south to Coloane and finally finishes back at the start. The course is scenic and runners can appreciate the rustic and modern Macau has to offer.

The Macau International Marathon has developed every year and attracts thousands of local and and top long-distance runners from around the world to participate.  The presence of these international well-known long-distance runners has added luster to Macau’s international image in running.  Besides establishing a good image in the international sports world, this marathon has also won international prestige. This event has further increased its international competitive power by setting up prize money for the female runners that started in 2004.

For this year, a 1st Prize of US$20,000,00 will be given to the male and female champions and bonuses worth US$15,000 each if they break existing records.

The Registration details are written below…

The start of the Macau International Marathon last year 2010

Registration Venue:

Until 25th Nov. 2011
Entity Address Contact Working Hours
Macau Sport Development Board Av. Dr. Rodrigo Rodrigues, s/n, Fórum de Macau, Bloco 1, 4o andar, Macau.P.O. Box 334 Tel:
(853) 2858 0762
Fax:
(853) 2834 3708
Monday to Thursday
(9:00-13:00 and 14:30 -17:45)
Friday
(9:00 -13:00 & 14:30 -17:30)
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays (Closed)
Macau Athletic Association Olympic Sport Centre Stadium (Taipa), Avenida Olímpica, Taipa.Macau P.O. Box 6127 Tel:
(853) 2883 9691
Fax:
(853) 2883 9690
Monday to Friday
(9:30 -13:00 and 14:30-18:30)
Saturday (9:30 -13:00)
Sunday and Public Holidays (Closed)
From 26th Nov. to 3rd Dec. 2011
Venue Working Hours Payment Methods
Olympic Sport Centre Stadium ,
Avenida Olímpica, Taipa
10:00 – 20:00 Only cash will be accepted.

Payment Method:

Cash
Accept currency of MOP, HK & US dollars
*No US dollars will be accepted from 26th Nov. to 3rd Dec.
Pay cash only applicable to the registration in person
Bank Draft
Bank Draft should be made payable to “FUNDO DE DESENVOLVIMENTO DESPORTIVO”
Credit card
Only available for online registration
Only VISA & MASTERCARD will be accepted

Registration Fee:

Marathon (42.195km) and Half Marathon (21.0975km)
Athletes Early Bird Offer
Until 31/10
Normal Registration Fee
1/11 – 25/11
Late Registration Fee*
26/11 – 3/12
Athletes affiliated to the AAM
(Athletes must submit photocopies of Macau Resident ID and valid membership card)
MOP$70 MOP$140 MOP$240
Local Athletes
(Athletes must submit photocopy of Macau Resident ID)
MOP$100 MOP$200 MOP$300
Non Local Athletes
(Athletes must submit the ID of his/her belonging country/region)
HK$300
or
US$40
HK$600
or
US$80
MOP/HK$700
* Only cash will be accepted, and exchange rate difference will not be considered.
Mini Marathon (ca 6km)
Athletes Normal Registration Fee
Now untill 25/11
Fee after normal registration*
26/11 – 3/12
For all athletes
(Athletes must submit the ID of his/her belonging country/region)

MOP/HK$50
or
US$7

MOP/HK$100

(Group registration should be done by 18th Nov, 5:30)


Groups:

– To register as a group, each athlete has to fill in one registration form and submit to the OC together with the valid ID copy and chop of the entity the group belongs to.

The 42k course map

We had a grand launch night together with the staff of the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) headed by their Deputy Marketing Manager, Ms. Charina M. Puno who gave a sampling of what the Territory of Macau has to offer and all other details of the Macau International Marathon itself.

These pictures were taken during the launching at Conti’s in Makati.

Ms. Charina M. Puno, Deputy Marketing Manager of MGTO briefing the bloggers on the Macau Marathon

The participants of the launch

Group picture taken at the event

With Iya Reyes of the MGTO

For more information on the Macau International Marathon, you can log-on the event website at: http://www.macaumarathon.com or at www.macautourism.gov.mo

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