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Saigon Zoo hosts Olympic 2030 marathon for early risers

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden in HCMC’s District 1, today morning, December 23, hosted a marathon competition which is part of the 8th Olympic 2030 and open to participants of all ages.

The Olympic 2030 is an annual event organized by the 2030 Business Club under the Saigon Times Club.

The event kicked off on December 2 under the theme “Together, go further.” It serves as a platform that facilitates business networking and promotes the sustainable development of society.

Le Chi Tam, head of the organizing committee for the 8th Olympic 2030, said the sporting event is a healthy playground for entrepreneurs to compete in 11 sports, including soccer, billiards, chess, Chinese chess, badminton, tennis, swimming, bowling, archery, marathon, and golf.

Runners pass through the animal enclosures at the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden
The race is held early in the morning to avoid crowds and give runners tranquil atmosphere and exciting experiences
Dawn lights up the face of a local participant
The racecourse takes runners through the zoo’s popular attractions
The race has two lanes to accommodate the varying physical conditions of each runner: one for those with a need for speed, and another for those who prefer a more leisurely pace
Early risers are at the starting line
The race is open to a diverse array of participants, including individuals, families and teams
It includes three distances: 10 kilometers, 5 kilometers for adults, and 1.25 kilometers for children under 12
A family dressed as Japanese manga characters sprints towards the finish line
A runner smiles after crossing the finish line
A participant shows her finisher’s medal after completing the racecourse
Many sports clubs and groups in HCMC participate in the competition
A runner receives a massage to help relieve muscle pain. Medical support is provided at the finish line
A runner celebrates his finish with refreshments
Teammates cross the finish line together
The event aims to promote community health and encourage physical activity
It also educates young participants on the significance of environmental conservation

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