Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Run past iconic sites in Yangon

The third annual YOMA Yangon International Marathon (YYIM) will take place on Sunday, January 11, 2015. This year's edition of Myanmar's largest and Yangon's only marathon event is expected to attract 4,000 runners. Aiming to inspire athletes and connect communities, both locally and internationally, YYIM 2015 will bring together runners, supporters, volunteers, corporates and the community through a mutual passion for running.
For this year’s edition of YYIM, 2 new categories- 10km challenge and a 3km Fun Run has been made available to cater to runners across all levels. Both the full marathon and half marathon categories remain similar to past years. Participants can expect to be treated to a visual feast as they weave their way through Yangon's unique blend of modern and rustic architecture, passing iconic sites including Botahtaung Pagoda, Shwedagon Pagoda and Inya Lake.

A new philanthropic component will be introduced for YYIM 2015 whereby selected Charity 
Ambassadors will use the race as a platform to raise funds and awareness for the chosen charities. Although the charities have yet to be named, the common theme will be charities that support children in Myanmar. The Charity Ambassadors include Grace Swe Zin Htaik, renowned Myanmar actress and social activist, Aung Chit Kin, Principal & Founder of Strategy First Institute and Managing Director of ACK & Co Services Company Limited, Lung Sitt Ja Moon (Ah Moon), singer and member of pop group Me N Ma Girls and War So Moe Oo, an up and coming model and actress.

The organisers of YYIM 2015 would like to encourage participants to raise money for the charities by personal sponsorship or donation. For more information about YYIM 2015 and on how you can contribute to the selected charities, please visit


Registration for YYIM 2015 is now open till 12 December 2014. International participants can log onto www.yomayangonmarathon.com to register while local participants can register in person at FMI Centre, No 308, Bogyoke Aung San Road, Pabedan Township, Yangon. Registration of participants will be served on a first-come-first served basis and runners are encouraged to register early to avoid disappointment.

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