A marathon may be a grueling race, but when you run through some of the most amazing sights in Việt Nam, it sure does soften the blow! The Hạ Long Bay marathon took place at the weekend featuring thousands of athletes from all over the world.
With Quảng Ninh residents participating in this year's event reaching over 2,000 for the first time, it represents a new milestone in the marathon's development. It serves as evidence of the marathon's expanding popularity and highlights the fact that running has transcended being a mere sporting activity to become a lifestyle.
Việt Nam's second Ironman event features 2,000 athletes including a large Vietnamese contingent and a diverse array of international competitors from 47 countries and territories, who will also discover the world-class facilities and idyllic tropical setting on the Pearl Island of Phú Quốc.
I doubt Karim Benzema was living pay check to pay check at Real Madrid before he made the move to Al-Ittihad, and somehow I don’t think Neymar was borrowing a few quid of his mates until payday before he joined Al Hilal.
Despite the 2-0 victory, Philippe Troussier's team did not perform that well. Though the possession and tiki-taka plays were dazzling to see, the attack was still wasteful and the defence at times woeful, with multiple errors toward the end of the second half.