Over 5,000 enthusiasts kick start the 9th Hong Kong Games with jubilant Jockey Club Vitality Run

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3rd March 2024 – (Hong Kong) This morning, on the banks of Sha Tin’s Shing Mun River, the Jockey Club Vitality Run inaugurated the prelude to the much-anticipated 9th Hong Kong Games. The event saw more than 5,000 participants lace up their running shoes in a celebration of communal athleticism and camaraderie.

Established in 2015, the Jockey Club Vitality Run has steadily grown in popularity, promoting a culture of inclusivity in sports across Hong Kong. The event’s ethos is not rooted in competition but in self-betterment and regular physical activity, aligning with its aim to foster a ‘sport for all’ mindset within the community.

Runners today had the choice between an approachable 3-kilometre jaunt and a more demanding 10-kilometre challenge, both commencing from Yuen Wo Road. In a gesture that recognises every participant’s effort, the organisers gifted a commemorative T-shirt, among other mementos, and an e-certificate and medal to those crossing the finish line within the stipulated time.

Creativity was also on full display, with competitors vying for the Most Creative Costume Prize and the Overall Best Team Costume Prize. Their vibrant and imaginative attire contributed significantly to the event’s festive spirit.

Sidelines were far from silent, with supporters lining the route along Yuen Wo Road and the Shing Mun River, extending to the Sha Tin Sports Ground. The adjacent Yuen Wo Playground transformed into a carnival, complete with stage performances, innovative sports game booths, an interactive sports game zone marrying multimedia with virtual reality, and a photo corner for lasting memories.

The biennial Hong Kong Games represent a major multi-sport spectacle with 18 districts competing. The 9th edition will span from 21st April to 9th June, showcasing a diverse array of sports, including athletics and swimming, as well as accommodating competitions for athletes with disabilities.

This year’s games will also feature Urban Sports Demonstration Competitions, spotlighting contemporary sports like skateboarding and sports climbing, scheduled from 27th April to 4th May.

Community engagement extends beyond the track and field, with initiatives inviting public participation through voting for “My Favourite Sporty District” or predicting the “Overall Champion of the 9th HKG.” Photography aficionados are encouraged to capture the 9th HK Games’ dynamic action for the “Dynamic Moments Photo Contest.”

The curtain-raiser for the games will be held at the Hong Kong Coliseum on 21st April, with complimentary tickets available from early April.

Dignitaries, including the Permanent Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism Mr Joe Wong, graced the starting ceremony. They were joined by other notable guests such as the Director of Leisure and Cultural Services and the Chairman of the 9th HKG Organising Committee.