Tien Phong Marathon National Championship (Tien Phong Marathon) is a prestigious tournament with a long history behind it - the tournament was first held in Hanoi, 1958. Being a top sporting event, the tournament has been integrated into Vietnam’s offficial athletics competition system for the last 50 years, and it is held annually at the end of March. Tien Phong Marathon attracts the best participants in Vietnam competing for medals in mid and long distances, and this is also a good opportunity for amateur runners to compete on the same ground as top national athletes.
In 22/3/2020, for the 61th anniversary of Tien Phong Marathon, the tournament will be held in Ly Son island, Quang Ngai province. Professionals athletes will be able to compete in 4 distances: 5km, 10km, 21km and 42km, while amateur runners can compete in 3 distances: 10km, 21km, and 42km. This is the first time a National Marathon Championship will be held on an island. Even more special, Ly Son island, which has a distance of 15 nautical miles to the main shore, is formed by volcanic activities from millions to thousands of years ago, making the island very famous for its onion and garlic as well as geological landscape.