Number of Participants Hits a Historical High in 2017 Yangling International Marathon

2017-04-10 15:54:27 , Source : The Government Website of Shaanxi Province

Marathoners went off the mark

2017 Yangling international marathon started yesterday, and 19,169 marathoners from home and abroad participated in the running despite the drizzle. It is a competition of speed, but also a competition for pleasure.

A specially designed running route

Yangling marathon, the first international marathon held in Shaanxi, is co-sponsored by the Chinese Athletic Association, Shaanxi Sports Bureau, Shaanxi Tourism Bureau, and the Administrative Committee of Yangling Demonstration Zone. Different from other marathons, Yangling marathon has an agricultural theme and in its route design reflects the features of modern agricultural technologies of Yangling.

According to the statistics from the organizing committee, a total number of 19,169 runners joined in the marathon, among which 3,856 in the full marathon, 4,955 in half marathon, 7,821 in mini marathon, and 2,537 (862 groups) in family running. The runners come from all over China, in which 67.2% are from Shaanxi and 32.5% from other provinces, and 51 international runners from Germany, Belgium, France, Pakistan, Ethiopia etc., creating a historical high of participants.

African Marathoner Won the First

The whole marathon route of 42.195 kilometers, claimed to be the most beautiful, links together the government building, the biggest aquatic sports center, Weihe Wetland Park, the Expo Park of Northwest A & F University, Yangling Avenue, Modern Agricultural Innovation Park and other landmarks of Yangling. The new family running added interactivity into the contest.

The marathon was begun at 8:00 a.m.in the rain at Yangling Convention and Exhibition Plaza. After fierce competition, the first prize for the men’s group was won by Mbogo from Kenya in 2:20:00, and Dilbabisa Kumera from Ethiopia won the women’s group in 2:42:36.