The Centre for Sports and Exercise (CSE) at HKU organized the fourth edition of the Halloween Mini-Marathon to celebrate the culmination of the Exercise is Medicine on Campus Month in October 2023.
Over 100 participants, dressed in various costumes such as pink Barbies, Spider-Man, and students from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, gathered at the Stanley Ho Sports Centre with the shared objective of collectively completing the distance of a full marathon (42.2 km) or a total of 105½ laps. Remarkably, the participants surpassed expectations by running over 1220 laps, covering a total distance of 488 km, which is equivalent to more than 11 marathons. This marked a significant improvement from the 6 marathons completed in the previous year.
Glen Joe, Head of Active Health Clinic, HKU, said: “It is always a highlight on our EIM calendar to provide an opportunity to have fun whilst being physically active. It’s great to see so many students, staff, family and friends to come together and double the number of laps we conducted compared to last year.”
The Halloween Mini-Marathon was a part of the Exercise is Medicine on Campus Month, a global initiative that encourages universities and colleges to promote physical activity as a crucial indicator of health and well-being. The University of Hong Kong, having initiated this program in 2016, became the first Asian university to receive the Gold EIM on Campus Recognition for their efforts in enhancing the health and well-being of the HKU community.
Please click on this link for the complete photo album. The event's success was also attributed to the support of sponsor Adidas. A complete photo album capturing the memorable moments of the Halloween Mini-Marathon can be accessed through the provided link. The organizers extended their gratitude to all participants and sponsors for their valuable contributions in making the event a resounding success.