Over 13,000 runners compete in Hohhot Marathon
The opening ceremony of the Country Garden Hohhot Marathon is held at the Inner Mongolia International Convention Center in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia autonomous region, July 8. [Photo/people.cn]
Li Chunhui from China won the men's division of the Country Garden Hohhot Marathon on July 8, while Chinese runner He Yinli claimed the title in the women's race.
It was the first international marathon in the city. More than 13,000 runners from across the world participated in the event, which started at the Inner Mongolia International Convention Center.
Kenenisa Lelisa Hirpha from Ethiopia won second place in the men's race, and Zhao Baidong from China came third.
In the women's race, Ethiopian runners Gode Chiala Jijo and Melesubirhano Assefa took silver and bronze respectively.
Hohhot, capital of Inner Mongolia autonomous region, boasts a long history and splendid culture.
With an average temperature in July between 16 C and 28 C, the city is suitable for running.
"The fitness campaign has made rapid progress in Hohhot, with more and more national as well as international competitions coming to the city,” said Feng Yuzhen, mayor of Hohhot, speaking at the opening ceremony.
The event consists of a full marathon, a mini marathon and a 10 kilometers race. It is the 11th stop of "Healthy China", a marathon series initiated by the Chinese Athletic Association and People's Daily in 2017, aimed at promoting marathons among the Chinese people.
“The introduction of 'Healthy China' in Hohhot helps the serial campaign gain influence in the country,”said Zhu Kai, director at the sports department of People's Daily.
Runners compete in the Hohhot Marathon held in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia autonomous region, July 8. [Photo/people.cn]
Runners pose for photographs before the start of Hohhot Marathon in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia autonomous region, July 8. [Photo/people.cn]