Changsha marathon ready to run
All preparation work for the 2017 Changsha International Marathon is well in order, local media reported on Nov 2, with runners ready to set off on Nov 18.
Sponsored by Chinese Athletics Association, Hunan Sports Bureau and Changsha government, the running event is considered a "silver star" tournament, and presents as a good platform to promote the city's prestige and boost local tourism.
This year's running route is the same as last year with less ups and downs, avoiding bridges and lessening the negative impact on local traffic.
Running enthusiasts will get a running view of the city, winding their way through its natural landscapes, landmark buildings and tourist attractions, such as the Xiangjiang River scenic belt, Orange Island, Yuelu Mountain scenic area, and the Yanghu Wetland Park.
A total of 20,000 runners have registered to compete in running event in four categories: the full marathon (42.20 kilometers), half marathon (21.10 km), the 5-km mini-run and fun run.
To ensure a smooth competition, the organizing committee has recruited more than 2,200 volunteers in 170 posts, most of them coming from local colleges and universities.
"In addition to 675 medical volunteers, 100 plus professional medical care personnel will be in place to offer help," according to Ding Liang, an official at the organizing committee.
The organizing committee has also optimized the medical care points along the route and added electric vehicles to offer prompt aid.
In addition, the selected list of 39 pace makers was released on Oct 30, making the Changsha marathon even more reliable.
Runners will receive complimentary items for the competition, including a T-shirt and brochure, at the East Square of Helong Sports Center from 9am to 6pm on Nov 15 to 17. The center will be open until 11pm on Nov 17.
Runners take part in the 2016 Changsha International Marathon on Oct 30, 2016. [Photo by Yu Shaojie/icswb.com]
Source: Changsha Evening News