Vietnamese people from every corner of the country will be putting on their running shoes later this month as communities across the country take part in the 2015 Olympic Run for All People’s Health.

The run, which is scheduled to take place on March 22, is the headline event in a health campaign that was introduced by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism at a press briefing in Hanoi on March 12. The occasion is being co-organised by the Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Vietnam Olympic Committee.

The event, which will see people joining together to run in local parks and open spaces across Vietnam, will mark the 69 th anniversary of the first Vietnam Sports Day and the publication of an essay penned by late President Ho Chi Minh titled “Exercise and Health,” which called on all people to stay healthy.

Pham Dong Anh, an official from the Ministry, told media that the essay has fuelled a love of exercise and sport across the country since it was released in 1946.

The capital city of Hanoi will kick-start the campaign with more than 3,000 people expected to run around Hoan Kiem Lake on the set day.

Nearly 600 communes and wards across the city will join the run, said To Van Dong, Director of the municipal Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

According to the organisers, more than 50 provinces and cities across the country have already registered to join the event.-VNA