Danish Ambassador to Vietnam John Nielsen and internet celebrity Arsenal fan “Running Man” Vu Xuan Tien will both compete in the 21km Vietnam Mountain Marathon through Sa Pa’s picturesque mountain landscape ,VietnamNet.com reported.
Ambassador Nielsen unveiled his intention to participate ahead of the marathon’s official October 5 launch in Lao Cai province’s Sa Pa town.
The first of its kind in Vietnam, the marathon has already registered 200 athletes representing 28 nations including the US, Canada, France, Denmark, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, and China.
The Danish diplomat expressed his eagerness to meet his fellow competitors and friendly Lao Cai and Sa Pa locals. The event will help promote Vietnam’s beautiful natural scenery to an international audience.
He thanked local authorities for supporting the event, describing their contributions as essential to the marathon’s success. He hopes the annual event will benefit athletes and the economies of their Lao Cai and Sa Pa hosts.
The US$20 participation fees of each runner will be donated to Sapa O’Chau, a local organisation striving to expand the educational opportunities offered to ethnic minority children.