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Marathon enhances medical facilities

By Lu Chen (Global Times)

13:30, November 22, 2012

The Shanghai Municipal Sports Bureau plans to have three medical stations and three ambulances standing by every five kilometers along the route of the upcoming 2012 Shanghai International Marathon, local media reported Wednesday.

The bureau acknowledged that it decided to carry out the measures due to safety concerns following the death of a 21-year-old university student Sunday at the Guangzhou Marathon 2012 in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, according to a report in the Xinmin Evening News. The student collapsed as he made a final dash toward the finish line. He later died at a hospital due to complications from organ failure.

The Shanghai sports bureau, which is organizing the 17th annual marathon in the city, began sending out text messages Tuesday that reminded runners not push their bodies to extremes if they have a cold or other ailment, according to the report.

"To ensure that all of the runners are physically fit to run in the race, they are required to show that they have had a medical checkup when they register," said a staff member surnamed Tang in the registration office.

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