About VPBANK Hanoi Marathon
About VPBank Hanoi Marathon – Heritage Race
VPBank Hanoi Marathon — Heritage Race is the major and official marathon of Vietnam which held annually in October in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital. This event is the only one sponsored by the city and People's Committee of Hanoi, making it the only official marathon event of Hanoi. Its title sponsor is VPBank, a leading Joint-stock Commercial bank in Vietnam. VPBank Hanoi Marathon has been accredited by the IAAF, officially certified by Grade A Measurers of AIMS and affiliated with the Vietnam Athletics Federation (VAF). VPBank Hanoi Marathon is an official member of AIMS from 2019.
Taking place for the first time under the name of Hanoi International Heritage Marathon, the first and only marathon event of the city of Hanoi, Vietnam, has immediately garnered the attention of nearly 3,000 athletes and running enthusiasts from Vietnam and all over the world and is growing to 6,000 runners from more than 50 different nationalities for the second year.
This is a loop course, starting and finishing at Hoan Kiem Lake, the centermost landmark of the city of Hanoi.
VPBank Hanoi Marathon is a one-of-a-kind event that serves as both a traditional marathon, as well as a unique tour of the six major districts and almost all historical and cultural landmarks of the Old Quarter of Hanoi, allowing the runners to discover the peaceful, charming, and historic city with 11 heritages and landmarks they can’t miss.
1. Hoan Kiem Lake: The start and finish venue of Hanoi Marathon - Heritage Race is located right by Hoan Kiem Lake, the symbol of Hanoi. It’s famous for the Turtle Tower, a small, ancient and quiet tower located on an island in the middle of the lake. Right nearby is Ngoc Son Temple, situated on a different island and connected to the mainland by a small, red, wooden bridge that highlights the fresh green lake water.
2. Hanoi Opera House: Built in 1901, the Hanoi Opera House is a miniature copy of Opéra Garnier Theater. The Opera House is characterized by the French New Age and is one of the most important cultural centers of Hanoi.
3. St. Joseph's Cathedral Hanoi: St. Joseph's Cathedral Hanoi was built in 1884, in the medieval Gothic architectural style, with an arched dome facing the sky, much like the Notre Dame in Paris.
4. The Flag Tower of Hanoi: The Flag Tower of Hanoi was built in the early 19th century, by the Nguyen dynasty, the last dynasty of Vietnam. This is also the most preserved historical landmark of Hanoi.
5. The Temple of Literature, the Imperial Academy: The Temple of Literature is a collective of complex monuments built in the 11th century in the ancient East Asian architectural style. This is also a monument that symbolizes the cultural development process of Vietnam with 82 steles honoring its graduates from the 15th century to the 18th century.
6. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum: The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is the resting place of President Ho Chi Minh, the first President of Vietnam. It is located in the Ba Dinh square, where the President Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence, inaugurating the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.
7. Tran Quoc Pagoda: Tran Quoc Pagoda is a Vietnamese Buddhist center from the 11th to the 15th century. It is a 11-story-tall tower with a height of 15 meters. Each floor has 6 fenestras and in each, a statue of Amitabha (the celestial Buddha) made from mineral stone.
8. Quan Thanh temple: The Quan Thanh temple is one of the four ancient towns of the antique Thang Long Citadel, built in the 11th century.
9. Cua Bac (The Northern Gate): Cua Bac is one of the few remaining traces of the ancient citadel of Hanoi. With traces of destruction from bombs and bullets, Cua Bac is also a marker of French colonialism and the First Indochina War in the mid-twentieth century. Opposite to Cua Bac is the Cua Bac church, built in a unique Asian–European fusion architectural style.
10. Long Bien Bridge: Built in 1898, Long Bien Bridge is akin to a witness to one of the most turbulent periods of Hanoi’s history. It was built by the French and considered their pride of in Indochina, and was also where French troops finally withdrew from Hanoi after the Dien Bien Phu victory. During the Vietnam War, the Long Bien bridge was heavily bombed by American planes but remained standing, as if firmly representing and instating the spirit of the Vietnamese people during war.
11. O Quan Chuong: O Quan Chuong is an ancient city’s gate situated in the middle of modern Hanoi. It used to be a security checkpoint for the commercial district of ancient Hanoi, what is now known as the Old Quarter. O Quan Chuong was named after a chief of the army in order to honor him and other Nguyen soldiers who fought in the war against the French.
VPBank Hanoi Marathon represents the peaceful country and amicable people of Vietnam. We believe that, with VHM your experiences in Hanoi, a thousand-year-old capital, will be one of the most memorable ones in your lifetime.