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Small setbacks do not stop booming marathons in China

By Sun Wenyu (People's Daily Online)    17:02, March 30, 2017
Small setbacks do not stop booming marathons in China

Though marathons have been rapidly rising in popularity in China, a series of small catastrophes at races around the country have impacted their public image, according to a recent report published by People's Daily Online. The report examined 2 million pieces of data from websites, online forums, blogs, social media, magazines and mobile applications related to marathons in China.

According to the report, young people are the main participants of marathon events in China. However, more and more older participants have begun taking part in recent years. Even children and middle-aged runners have a presence, which suggests the activity's all-age appeal.

In terms of gender, marathons are attracting more and more female runners. The report speculates that women may be flocking to marathons as they believe that running can help to reshape their bodies and take off excess weight.

The report noted a total of 18 negative occurrences at marathons in 2016. In other words, 5.4 percent of all races were affected. According to the report, race organizers responded to most of the issues within three days. However, severe problems such as sudden deaths and surrogate runners seldom resulted in public statements or action.

In general, despite some setbacks, Chinese marathons have enjoyed great momentum in 2016. A total of 328 marathons were organized in China over the last year, 1.45 times the number in 2015. 

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