The press conference on the Hanoi International Heritage Marathon 2018 (Photo:

The marathon is the first of its kind running through the city’s most stunning roads, tourist attractions of Hoan Kiem (Returned Sword) Lake, Long Bien bridge and West Lake, together with other architectural works closely connected with the capital's development.

Athletes will compete in four categories, namely 42km marathon, 21km half marathon, 10km run, and 5km run.

Prizes worth VND400 million (USD17,000) will be awarded for the winners at the race.

According to Do Chi Nghia, Editor-In-Chief of the Dai bieu Nhan dan newspaper and head of the organising board, the event will help popularise the benefits of marathon to people from all walks of life, and nudge Hanoi’s heritages closer to international friends./.