Manulife Danang International Marathon will hold its 5th edition on August 6, 2017
Celebrating 5 successful years of organization, Danang, the biggest coastal city of Vietnam,
will again be hosting the Manulife Danang International Marathon 2017. Offering a wide
range of distances; 5Km, 10Km, 21Km and 42Km, the event is expecting to welcome more
than 5,000 runners. The race is an exciting invitation for both local and international
runners to go explore this exotically beautiful beach city and experience one of the most
magnificent marathon courses in South East Asia.
The marathon will be following the stretch of the city coastline and will have runners
crossing the fascinating and iconic bridges of Danang. Being an early morning start,
participants will be able to enjoy the amazing sunrise as well as the sights and sounds of the
city waking up. Apart from the magnificent race course, participants will be treated to a great
Central Vietnam taste thanks to Danang’s spectacular beaches. Danang’s location is
surrounded by three of the most visited tourist cities in Vietnam; Hue the Imperial City, My
Son the Holy Cham City and Hoi An - the Ancient Town.
Over the past editions, the run has had positive impacts to the sports tourism industry of
Vietnam. The marathon is certified by IAAF - AIMS (International Association of Athletics
Federations and Association of International Marathon and Distance Races); thus attracting a
discerning crowd many of which come from different parts of the globe. In 2016, the
marathon attracted a total of 4,500 participants from which 62% were foreigners and tourists
joining 42Km and 21Km divisions.
Pulse Active, the organizer of the marathon, is a pioneer in the sports events industry. It has
organized many Sport, Lifestyle and Entertainment events in Vietnam ranging from the
competitive (HCMC Run - The City Marathon and Challenge Vietnam) to the recreational
fun runs (Color Me Run and PRISMA – The Night Run). Pulse Active estimates that there
has been an economic impact of between $10-$12 Million in 2016 solely from the three
international competitive events it organized.
This annual race has played a part in the growth of the very promising sports tourism industry
of the city and received a tremendous support from the Da Nang People's Committee and Da
Nang Department of Culture and Sports. “We are proud to bring a Marathon to Danang and
we see it as our mission to contribute to a healthier and more active sporting community, as
well as to the tourism and sport development of our country. This race is a must-do for any
enthusiastic runner simply because Danang is such a beautiful city characterized by a
growing economy and breathtaking landscapes. As part of its 5-year anniversary celebration,
the Manulife Danang International Marathon 2017 is being well planned to mark this special
occasion and welcome participants from all over the globe.” said Mr. Bady Pham, Co-
Founder and Managing Director of Pulse Active.
On August 5, the day before the run, the Family Fun Day will be held at the Bien Dong Park.
There will be various interesting activities for runners as well as non-runners and their
families to enjoy and be active together at the event site, which will signal the start of the
event leading up to race day. On the race day, the run will start at 4:30am for the longer
distances and later on, at 7:20 am for the 5Km charity run. Long distance runners will have
the chance to run while contemplating one of the most impressive sunrise of Vietnam.
Having achieved a good number of loyal runners and having gained a name within the Map
of South East Asian Marathons, the Manulife Danang International Marathon is expecting to
attract many more runners from all over the world, with the vision of becoming a must race
marathon in the Asian region.