Terms and Conditions of the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2019

1. Age Limits

The age limits for different races are listed below:

RaceAge Limit
MarathonParticipants must be aged 20 or above as of 2019 (Year of Birth)
Half MarathonParticipants must be aged 16 or above as of 2019 (Year of Birth)
10km Wheelchair Race
3km Wheelchair Race
Youth Dash Participants must be aged between 10 to 15 as of 2019 (Year of Birth)
Family RunEach team (2-4 participants) should have at least one adult aged 18 or above as of 2019 (Year of Birth)
The Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association Limited (“the Organiser”) has the right to verify and request for verification of the age of participants before, during and after the Event.

2. Acceptance of Entries (Priority Entry)

Applicants of this category must meet the following time standards (Net Time) in any recognised races organised or sanctioned by the Organiser or the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) or Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) between 1 January 2017 and 31 July 2018.

RaceMarathonHalf Marathon15km10km
Age GroupMenWomenMenWomenMenWomenMenWomen
Aged 34 or below3:30:003:50:00 1:35:301:43:301:06:301:12:3043:0047:30
Aged 35-393:35:003:55:001:38:001:46:001:08:301:14:3045:0050:00
Aged 40-443:40:004:00:001:41:001:49:001:10:301:16:3047:0052:00
Aged 45-493:50:004:10:001:44:001:52:001:12:301:18:3049:0054:00
Aged 50-543:55:004:15:001:47:001:55:001:14:301:20:3051:0056:00
Aged 55-594:05:00 4:25:001:50:001:58:00 1:16:301:22:3053:0058:00
Aged 60-644:20:004:40:001:53:002:01:001:18:301:24:3055:001:00:00
Aged 65-694:35:004:55:00 1:56:002:04:001:20:301:26:3057:001:02:00
Aged 70 or above4:50:005:10:001:59:002:07:001:22:301:28:3059:001:04:00

Age Group of runners shall be calculated as of 2019 (Year of Birth).

Races recognised by the Organiser:

Race Organiser/ Sanctioning Body Race
International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Gold / Silver/ Bronze Label Races
Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) All Races
Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association (HKAAA) Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2017 & 2018
Mizuno Hong Kong Half-Marathon Championships 2017
Sportshouse Hong Kong 10K Challenge 2017
Asics HK Island 10K Race 2017
Marvel 10K Weekend 2017
Aquarius® Hong Kong 15K Challenge 2017
UNICEF Hong KongUNICEF Charity Run 2017
UNICEF Charity Run 2016
[Race was deferred to 19 March 2017]
Hong Kong Marathon ProANS Shatin 10K Classic Riverside Race
11th Mizuno Shek Mun 10K Race
RMAC Shatin 10K Classic Riverside Race 2018
An applicant must submit proof confirming the qualification of the above to the Organiser at the time when he/she submits his/her application. The entry will only be confirmed after relevant proofs are verified by the Organiser.

Participants registered through “Priority Entry” can only enter Challenge Races of their selected distance (Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km). Other races will be opened to the general public via “Public Ballot Entry”.

To encourage runners to achieve goals and run a longer distance:

  • Applicants submitting qualified 10km result can apply for 10km, Half Marathon or Marathon race in the Event.
  • Applicants submitting qualified 15km or Half Marathon result can only apply for Half Marathon or Marathon race in the Event.
  • Applicants submitting qualified Marathon result can apply only for Marathon race in the Event.

An applicant failing to provide qualifying results before registration closes will be deemed to be withdraw his/her application and such application will no longer be processed. The Organiser reserves the right to verify the submitted proof, to disqualify and take disciplinary action against any applicant who summits false or invalid information.

The Organiser also reserves the right to contact and interview an applicant by phone or through other means in order to obtain additional information required to substantiate his/her application.

3. Acceptance of Entries (Public Balloting)

Public entry (except Priority Entry, Wheelchair Races, Youth Dash and Family Run) is on ballot basis.

Team registration is divided into local teams and overseas teams. Local team MUST consist of local runners ONLY while Overseas team MUST consist of overseas runners ONLY. Please refer to Point 5 for definition of local and overseas runners.

Results of first-round balloting will be notified by emails to all applicants from 10am on 15 October 2018, Monday. Notification email will be sent to applicants via e-mail. An applicant may also log in onto his/her registration page to check his/her entry status thereafter.

Results of second-round balloting will be notified by emails to all applicants who are on the waiting list from the first round of balloting from 10am on 26 October 2018, Friday. All applicant may also log in onto his/her registration page to check his/her latest entry status thereafter.

No enquiries, whether by phone, e-mail or in writing, of entry status will be entertained before the announcement of the first-round balloting results.

An applicant must ensure that his/her designated email is correct, valid, can receive notification from the Organiser and will continue to be in use. The Organiser accepts no responsibility for a applicant’s failure to receive notification.

Assignment of the race category and start time in which a participant shall compete shall be made by the Organiser at its sole discretion. In order to assist the Organiser in making such an assignment, a Marathon applicant is required to provide in the registration form his/her past race record of any overseas or local (10km or above) races in the last 3 years and his/her estimated finishing time; for an applicant of Half Marathon and 10km races, estimated finishing time should be provided. No requests for change of category, race or start time will be entertained by the Organiser.

The Organiser reserves the right to take disciplinary action and disqualify any participant who fails to start in his/her designated category, race and start time.

4. Acceptance of Entries (Charity Entry)

Charity entry (Marathon, Half Marathon and 10km) is on first-come, first-served basis.

Applicants of Half Marathon Challenge (Charity Entry) must have successfully completed at least one Half Marathon race between 1 January 2017 and 31 July August 2018 and achieved the time standard (Men: 2:00:00; Women: 2:05:00). The applicants shall enter the information factually during registration.

Otherwise, the Organiser reserves the right to assign another Start Time to the applicants.

5. Acceptance of Entries (Wheelchair Races, Youth Dash and Family Run)

Entries for Wheelchair Races, Youth Dash and Family Run are on first-come, first-served basis. The Organiser reserves the right to close entries before the deadline without notice once the race quota is full.

Applicants of Wheelchair Races must submit medical certificates issued by a medical practitioner or appointed government agency to prove their relevant physical disability at the time of submitting their application. An applicant failing to do so before the registration closes will be considered as incomplete entry and will no longer be processed.

6. Entry Fee

The entry fees of each race category are listed below.

Race CategoryLocal Participants Overseas Participants
10km HK$360US$60 (equivalent to HK$473)
Half MarathonHK$400US$65 (equivalent to HK$512)
MarathonHK$450US$70 (equivalent to HK$551)
10km/3km Wheelchair HK$350 US$60 (equivalent to HK$473)
Youth DashHK$200-
Family Run HK$180-
(a) Local Participant – A holder of valid Hong Kong Identity Card. b) Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Passport issued by the Immigration Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; or c) British National Overseas Passport (Hong Kong).

(b) Overseas Participant – Any person who does not qualify as a Local Participant.

It is the sole responsibility of an applicant to ensure that payment of the entry fee is made through the official payment channel designated by the Organiser within the prescribed times. No reminder for payment will be made to any applicant and an applicant who fails to pay the entry fee as aforesaid will be deemed to have withdrawn his/her application and such applications will no longer be processed. No request for extension of time for payment or change of payment method will be entertained. Save as provided below, entry fee, once submitted, is non-reversible and non-refundable. No application shall be considered as completed until the appropriate entry fee shall have been received by the Organiser.

An applicant can only withdraw and request for refund due to medical reasons and such request for refund must be made in writing on or before 24 February 2019 to Marathon Registration and Runners’ Communication Office, along with relevant medical documents (via email to entry_hkmarathon@hkaaa.com) issued by a medical practitioner (registered with The Medical Council of Hong Kong or Overseas Governmental medical authorities). An administration charge of HK$100 will be deducted from each refund, and the remaining entry fee will be refunded to the Applicant by cheque and via mail one month after the Event.

7. Wheelchair Races

6.1  Entry requirement –Participants must submit medical certificates issued by a medical practitioner or appointed government agency to prove their relevant physical disability at the time of submitting their application.

6.2  Wheelchair specification – Wheelchair to be used by participants of the wheelchair races must meet the official requirements and regulations set out by the Organiser. Inspection of participants’ wheelchairs shall be made prior to the race on the event day. If a wheelchair fails to comply with the requirements, participant will not be allowed to start the race and his/her entries will be forfeited and his/her entry fee paid will not be refunded.

6.3  Wheelchair condition – It is the sole responsibility of wheelchair participants to ensure that his/her wheelchair is of such necessary quality and in good condition to participate in the race. Wheelchair participants agree to indemnify the Organiser and hold the Organiser indemnified and harmless for any injury and death caused to themselves or other persons and to all damage to properties caused by the improper use of the wheelchairs or the defective quality or condition of their wheelchair.

8. Printing of Personalised Number Bib

The Organiser will use the English first name, provided by a participant during registration for printing his/her first name on his/her bib (Printing will only be provided for those who opted-in the option and will be restricted to English first name only). Organiser will not be responsible for any errors caused by the participants.

9. Duplicate Entries

An applicant can submit one application only for the Event. It is the applicant’s own responsibility to ensure that he/she submits only one application. An applicant has made an application in any one race shall not be allowed to make application in any other races. All duplicate applications or registrations will be rejected or cancelled by the Organiser without prior notice. No entry fee will be refunded and redeeming the runner’s pack will not be entertained.

10. Terms & Conditions and Official Rules

Upon submitting his/her application and payment of the entry fee, an applicant declares that he/she agrees to and accept the Terms & Conditions, the Official Competition Rules and all other rules and regulations which may be adopted by the Organiser from time to time.

11. Physical Conditions

Participants should be aware of and understand the risks involved in taking part in his/her race, and acknowledge the degree of fitness required to take part therein.

Any person who is pregnant or suffering from any chronic disease such as heart disease or high blood pressure should not participate in the Event. The Organiser reserves the right to disallow / disqualify any person who is known to have the above condition. The Organiser at its sole discretion also has the right to suspend any participant who appears or is suspected to be physically unfit to participate in the Event.

All participants are urged to seek medical advice of their physical condition before participating in the Event. By submitting his / her application to take part in the Event, and subsequently taking part in the Event, a participant

(a)  warrants and confirms to the Organiser that he/she is physically fit to participate in and complete his/her race without any medical or other assistance; and
(b)  agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Organiser from

i) any injury or death suffered by the participant himself/herself or any other persons; and
ii) any damage to property as a result of him/her not being physically fit to participate in and complete the race.

12. Runner’s Pack Collection

Participants shall collect their Runner’s Pack within the official collection period as stated on their Runner’s Pack Collection Letter. Should any participants fail to do so, the Organiser reserves the right to revoke participants’ right to collect the Runner’s Pack (including Race Bib) without prior notice.

13. Route Alteration

The Organiser reserves the right to change or alter any parts of the running route before and during the race without prior notice in the event of unexpected road conditions or emergency. A race may be temporarily suspended for emergency or any other incidents during the race. Participants must follow the instructions of race officials or any law enforcement officers on site, in the event of emergency or any incident.

14. Instructions Given by Race Officials

Instructions given by the Organiser and race officials must be followed with respect to all matters not provided herein. The Organiser reserves the right to reject future applications of a participant who has refused to follow instructions of the race officials for all future Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathons or races organised by the Organiser.

15. General Rules

Participation in the Event is personal to the applicant and all applicants are strictly prohibited from swapping, selling, auctioning, transferring or offering to swap, sell, auction or transfer their successful entry or their place in the Event or allow or permit any other person to wear their bib number allocated to them. Any breach of this rule shall render the entry void and both the guilty applicant and the substituted participant shall be subject to disciplinary action by the Oragniser including exclusion from participation in future races organised by the Organiser.

16. Results

Official Times and Net Times will be provided to participants who have completed in the designated races within the specified time limit with valid race number bibs. Split Times may be provided and if so, they are for reference only. For 3km Wheelchair Race and Youth Dash participants, only Official Times will be provided. For Family Run participants, finishing times and rankings will not be provided.

17. Disqualification

The Organiser reserves the right to disqualify any person and nullify his or her result due to any violation, breach or non-observance of any laws or regulations in Hong Kong, International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Competition Rules or the Official Competition Rules set for the Event. The Organiser shall not be obliged to refund any entry fee under such circumstance.

18. Awards, Finisher Medal and Certificates

Only participants of the Marathon Challenge, Half Marathon Challenge and 10km Challenge races will be entitled to compete for awards. Official Times will be used to determine the positions of each race.

Finisher Medal, Certificates of Achievement and Progress Award Certificates will be issued to runners with Official Times in all races and categories.

Participants failing to start the race in the designated start times, in the assigned race category, or failing to complete the race (including participants boarding the Official Bus), shall not be entitled to any awards, certificates or finisher medals.

19. Event Cancellation

Should the Event be cancelled due to weather or other circumstances beyond the control of the Organiser or in the case of a force majeure resulting in the Event being cancelled, no refund will be made. The Organiser shall have no other responsibilities and/or liabilities.

20. Weather

The Organiser may cancel the Event if tropical cyclone warning signal no.3 or above, or if a red or black rainstorm signal is hoisted by the Hong Kong Observatory at 3:00 am or thereafter on the race day (17 February 2019, Sunday). Please pay special attention to the weather forecast the night before the Event as it will indicate whether tropical cyclone warning signals, red or black rainstorm signals are likely to be hoisted in the forthcoming period. Please follow updates on the radio or TV announcements regarding the status of the Event from 3:00 am onwards.

21. Languages

Terms and Conditions are in Chinese and English. In the case of discrepancies between the Chinese and English versions, the English version shall prevail. The Organiser reserves the right to interpret and amend the above rules.

Marathon Registration and Customer Service Office
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General Inquiry : hkmarathon@hkaaa.com
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