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Tongzhou marathon attracts runners from over 20 countries and regions

Updated: 2019-04-09

Nantong’s Tongzhou district held a half marathon across its Kaisha Island, with the participation of about 5,000 runners from more than 20 countries and regions.

Huang Xu, renowned Chinese gymnast from Nantong, took the lead in the marathon race held on April 7.

The Kaisha Island half marathon that goes across the river is a unique half marathon race featuring crossing the river.

The marathon is held by Tongzhou people’s government and Tongzhou’s education and sports bureau.

Kenyan runner Steven took the title for the men’s half marathon, with the time of 1 hour 4 minutes 52 seconds.

Chinese runners also performed well in the race, with Wu Xiangdong claiming first among domestic runners.

With the aim of encouraging more people to participate in the nationwide fitness program, 30 prizes for Nantong participants were given to those natives who excelled during the race.

Kaisha Island half marathon has been held for three consecutive years, and this year the racing track has been improved along with the environment.

New technologies have also been introduced in the race such as facial recognition and intelligent photo-taking.

This marathon race is part of the activity series of “Dream in the Spring”, which aims to promote the tourism industry for Kaisha Island.

The Kaisha Island tourist resort was established in 2009 and has become a provincial resort since 2003.

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The Kaisha Island half marathon is held Tongzhou district, Nantong, east China’s Jiangsu province on April 7. About 5,000 runners from more than 20 countries and regions participate in the race. [Photo/Nantong Daily]

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The Kaisha Island half marathon is held Tongzhou district, Nantong, east China’s Jiangsu province on April 7. This marathon is a unique half marathon race with the feature of crossing the river.[Photo/Nantong Daily]