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Why Yoma Yangon International Marathon 2016 Is Myanmar’s Largest Running Fiesta

by On Jan 2, 2016
Yoma Yangon International Marathon 2016: Myanmar’s Largest Running Fiesta

You know a running event is good if all race categories are sold out! Being the largest running fiesta in Yangon and the city's only marathon event, the Yoma Yangon Marathon is highly sought after by both local and international runners.

This year's event drew overwhelming support across all categories: 42 km Full Marathon, 21 km Half Marathon, 10 km Challenge and YOMA 3 km Fun Run/ Walk. And it's not difficult to see why.

Yangon, with its unique chemistry of modernity and rustic charm, has much to offer. Formerly known as Rangoon, Myanmar's largest city is famous for Shwedagon Pagoda, a grand, shimmering pagoda which draws thousands of pilgrims annually. A visual feast for the senses, the race also features the iconic Botahtaung Pagoda and Inya Lake.

Yoma Yangon International Marathon 2016: Myanmar's Largest Running Fiesta

Held on 17 January 2016, the 4th Yoma Yangon International Marathon will take place at Thuwunna National Indoor Stadium. Thousands of participants and hundreds of volunteers are expected to come together for the morning's activities and events from 5:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Following this year's "Run for Children" theme, funds raised will go towards more than 2,500 children through two charities: Su Taung Pyae Youth Development Centre and Aung Za Bu Youth Development Centre.

For more information and to look out for next year's edition, visit the official Yoma Yangon International Marathon website.

Were you lucky enough to clinch those race entry tickets before they were so quickly sold out? Remember to share your experience with us in the comments below or on Facebook!

Yuyi is pursuing her studies in communications and communities. Now she relishes in the blend of both entities: communicating ideas to this magazine's community. As the lead news writer, her passion lies in helping people find interesting and timely news through the writing she provides.

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