Run for Bears – End Bear Farming

The Red River Runner will host the 11th annual Hanoi Half Marathon (formerly Song Hong Half Marathon) on Sunday, December 10th in Hanoi. Especially, this year’s event will be professionally organized by Sporting Republic – an award winning, full-service sports management agency.


This year’s 21km half marathon, which also includes a 3km, 5km, 10km, and a 800m kid sprints, is themed as “Run for Bears – End Bear Farming” to encourage the public to help bring an end to bear bile farming in Vietnam.



Education for Nature Vietnam (ENV) has partnered with the Red River Runners again this year to help promote the need to protect bears, urging the public not to consume bear-based products. By taking part in Run for Bears you are making a strong gesture in support of efforts to close bear bile farms in Vietnam, reduce the demand for bear bile, and bring an end to the cruel and illegal bear bile industry.


Last year, more than 600 individuals and teams from embassies and corporates partners participated in the race. This year, the Red River Runners hopes to see even more people getting involved. The proceeds of the marathon will go to help support bear protection efforts in Vietnam.


Date and time
Sunday, December 10, 2017


Ciputra Club, Ciputra International City Xuan Dinh ward, Bac Tu Liem district, Hanoi


Types of race
   • Half marathon 21km
   • Challenge 10km
   • Challenge 5km
   • Family Run/Walk 3km
   • Kid sprint 800m

We have prizes for the top 3 overall male and female finishers in 5km, 10km challenges. With 21km Half Marathon, we have prizes for the top 3 male and female age group winners (18-29, 30-39, 40+). With kid sprints, we have Certificate of Achievement for the top 3 boy and top 3 girl finishers.


  • You can register online with this link: http://sportingrepublic.com/hanoihalfmarathon/register/
  • It’s cheaper to register in person at registrations points:

     Clickspace, No.15, Lane 76, To Ngoc Van, Tay Ho

     The Hanoi Bicycle Collective, 29 Nhat Chieu, Tay Ho, Hanoi

     Ciputra Club, 3/F, Fitness Centre, Ciputra International City, Xuan Dinh, Tu Liem, Hanoi


Group/Team registration
Groups of 10 or more are eligible for a preferential rate of 10% off. A prize will be awarded for the largest team running for bears!
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We strongly recommend that Embassy and corporate teams have some sort of identity to differentiate themselves from others runners and teams. This might be a t-shirt worn by the team or other creative solutions. Clearly there is a bit of competition between teams which adds to further fun to the event.


The fee ranges from 270,000 VND to 950,000 VND depending on the race.