Those participating in the half marathon challenge of the Standard Chartered Marathon on Sunday have been given the option of transferring to another category following a controversial last-minute change in their cut-off time.
The 1,500 runners affected were finally informed about the follow-up arrangements yesterday, after the marathon's organizer, Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association, came under fire for its 11th-hour change.
Affected runners can opt to join the first run of the half marathon, which will start at 8am, by filling in a form and submitting it by 12pm on February 16.
Participants of the half marathon challenge were previously not notified about the time changes until they read about it in the race's handbook last week.
The running time for their event has been shortened from three hours to two hours and 25 minutes, and featured two new cut-off points.
"We don't have the number of transfers at the moment," an organizing spokesman said. "But we will keep a close eye on it and adopt the most appropriate arrangements for safety and crowd control.
Up until yesterday, three people have lodged complaints with the Customs and Excise Department. The department has asked the organizer to look into the matter.
Meanwhile, the observatory forecasts Sunday's weather to be cloudy with a few light rain patches, temperatures between 20 and 22 degrees Celsius, and relative humidity from 80 and 90 percent.
Runners are advised to don sportswear with breathable fabric.
Although the weather will be soothing for running, the offshore regions will be slightly cooler as the wind could scale up to six on the Beaufort Wind Scale, he said.