In order to split competitors, the marathon is divided into different categories. Here, the first batch of runners start the race.
Female runners battle it out as they run the course. Professional athletes are permitted to join in four distances, including five km, 10km, 21km, and 42km, while amateur runners are allowed to participate in the 10km, 21km, and 42km events.
Local people gather beside their garlic fields to support runners. The traditional race is of great significance as it serves to protect the island and is a display of the country’s sovereignty.
Nguyen Vai Lai is the winner of the championship title in the male 21km race.
All competitors put in their best efforts as they compete in the race around Ly Son island.
Each athlete receives a medal upon completing the course.
An athlete who competed in the semi-marathon 21.2km category takes a photo next to a board containing the list of competitors.
A man displays his joy by posing with his medal.
An athlete takes a photo with thousands of national flags behind
Athletes compete in the grueling 42-km race.
Students from Ly Son high school join in part of the race.
Runners receive plenty of support from local residents.
A group of child racers from the southern province of Binh Duong wait for the start of their competition.
Fresh water is provided to racers along the route.