Changning hosts International Half Marathon

The inaugural Changning International Half Marathon was held in Changning District on Sunday morning, featuring a total of 4,800 runners.
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Runners take part in the Changning International Half Marathon on November 19, 2017.

The inaugural Changning International Half Marathon was held in Changning District on Sunday morning, featuring a total of 4,800 runners — 4,500 in the 21-kilometer half marathon and 300 in the 3K health run.

Apart from some 20 elite runners invited from abroad, the organizers also welcomed more than 90 foreigners working at foreign consulates in the district to take part in the event.

Difas Kibet from Uganda won the men’s half marathon clocking 1 hour, 4 minutes and 11 seconds. He was followed by Kenyan duo Robert Wambua Mbithi (1:04.20) and David Kipruto Ngetich (1:05.56).

The women’s title went to Kenya’s Serser Alice Cherotich Milgo (1:13.40), who was followed by China’s Zheng Zhiling (1:13.42) and Li Zhixuan (1:13:45).

The top 400 male and top 200 female finishers will be given spots at the 2018 Shanghai International Half Marathon.

A total of 624 volunteers (including 44 foreign language speaking volunteers),110 medical staff, eight ambulances, 70 referees and more than 850 public security officers provided service for the event.

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Participants refresh themselves as they run during the Changning International Half Marathon.

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