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HCMC holds first ever corgi marathon

A total of 72 dogs participated in HCMC's first ever Corgi Marathon that took place Saturday at Ho Xuan Huong Gymnasium in District 3.

Many participants and spectators queued up with their pets an hour before the race, at around 2:30 p.m., to buy tickets for VND50,000-100,000 ($2.14-4.30). Organizers said approximately 600 people attended the show.

HCMC, first ever, corgi marathon, participants and spectators,  four-legged athletes, bib-numbered shirts, health checks

Dinh Cong Tuan had words with his corgi before the race.

The four-legged athletes also wore bib-numbered shirts and received health checks, pedicures, hair sprays and other services.

"I let my dog join the competition so it could run, jump and play as much as it wants. I live in an apartment building where dogs don't have much room to play," said Nguyen Thu Thuy from Thu Duc City.

Dogs were placed in their respective cages.

Each race has 12 dogs competing to choose two contenders for the final round.

The barn door opened simultaneously after the referee blew the whistle and all 12 corgis tried to dash to the finish line.

The playing field is approximately 40 meters long, which is sufficient for a dog race.

"We chose to organize the race to create a playground to connect the pet-loving community," said Hoang Yen, head of the organizing committee.

Each run lasts approximately one minute. However, not every athlete runs the correct route to the finish line.

HCMC, first ever, corgi marathon, participants and spectators,  four-legged athletes, bib-numbered shirts, health checks

The first prize of VND10 million goes to the corgi owned by Minh Trung (R) and Hai Mi.

The Corgi Marathon lasted about an hour, and the first prize of VND10 million went to the corgi owned by Minh Trung (R) and Hai Mi.

"He is 1.5 years old and very active, running around the house every day," Trung said.

Race organizers said they would expand the competition to other provinces and cities in the future and have more dogs participate.

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Source: VnExpress

HCMC, first ever, corgi marathon, participants and spectators, four-legged athletes, bib-numbered shirts, health checks
 
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