Macau International Marathon to be held on Dec 4

The 2022 Galaxy Entertainment Macau International Marathon, jointly organized by the Sports Bureau and the General Association of Athletics of Macau, is planned to be held on December 4.

Places available for this year’s event include 1,400 for the marathon, 4,800 for the half-marathon and 5,800 for the mini-marathon. The marathon and half-marathon races will start at 6 am and the mini-marathon race at 6:15 am at the Olympic Sports Centre Stadium; the marathon and half-marathon courses will once again pass by the Governor Nobre de Carvalho Bridge and the World Heritage attraction A-Ma Temple and run along the Sai Van Bridge.

Registration will be open from 9:00 am on October 8 for the marathon and half-marathon categories, and from 9:00 am on October 9 for the mini-marathon category.

All participants are required to have completed two doses of COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days in advance (i.e. by November 20th) prior to the race. Participants are also required to present proof of a valid negative COVID-19 nucleic acid test result (inclusive of race day) before being permitted to take part in the race.

During the press conference of the event , President of the Sports Bureau Pun Weng Kun, remarked that under continuous urban planning in the city, the successful organization of the 41st Macau International Marathon is down to the coordination among different government departments and all sectors of society, and to the support of long-distance running enthusiasts.

Meanwhile, Lam Hin Fu, president of the General Association of Athletics of Macau, stated that a series of preparation works, such as staff recruitment, training, and course measurement, have already begun.

This year’s edition will see a collaboration with Chinese tourism services platform ‘Fliggy’ and with Galaxy Entertainment Group to offer discounted hotel packages to participants, in order to attract more tourists from Mainland China to join the event, a statement published by the Sports Bureau noted.

Galaxy Entertainment Group (GEG) is once again the title sponsor for the Macau International Marathon, marking the 19th consecutive year that GEG title-sponsors this event.

Mr. Buddy Lam, Senior Vice President of Corporate Office of GEG, commented that over the years, GEG has supported the hosting of many major international sports events in Macau, and supported the SAR Government on its direction on local sports development, the cross-sectoral integration of ‘sports and tourism’, and showcase of the city’s unique charm as a World Center of Tourism and Leisure.