Mountain racers at the start line. (Photo: dulich.laocai.vn)
The organising board of the 2015 Vietnam Mountain Marathon, which ended in Sa Pa, the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai on September 27, handed over 200 million VND (9,100 USD) to Operation Smile, a non-profit organisation.

The money will be used to financially assist surgeries for children with harelips and cleft palates living in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai.

Sapa district also received some funds to help disadvantaged families.

From September 26-27, in Sapa, more than 1,000 athletes from 45 countries participated in the mountain marathon, with 24 top-finishing runners in four events (70km, 42km, 21km and 10km).

Dang Xuan Phong, Deputy Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, said the race is one of the activities to celebrate World Tourism Day on September 27, themed ‘One billion tourists, one billion opportunities,’ and its success contributed to Lao Cai’s tourism promotion.-VNA