September 1st – The first annual Danang International Marathon was organized right in the center of the city. This is the first time that a large scale international fundraising marathon took place in Vietnam. According to organizers, the raising of fund was for the Danang Cancer Hospital project.
The marathon's start and finish area was located on the picturesque Da Nang Beach and followed a course that took the athletes through the most scenic parts of the city which included a marathon (26.2 miles/42.195km), a half marathon (13.1 miles/21.0975km) and a 5 km fun run for all to enjoy. The course was IAAF-AIMS certified to international standard with official timing record.
The choice of Danang is due to the pure beauty of the coastal city with magical beaches boasting the best resorts in Southeast Asia in which the Furama Resort Danang has been considered as one of the best places in this region.