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16,000 people participated in 2016 SCO Kunming International Marathon

By : InKunming | Published: 2016-December-18

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InKunming--Kunming] SCO Kunming International Marathon kicked off yesterday (December 17th). It is said that about 16000 participants from 25 countries enjoyed a lot. Meanwhile, volunteers, medical workers polices and thousands of staff worked in the line of duty to make the marathon a huge success and Kunming is going to step into worldwide stages.

The most gorgeous Marathon circuit

Fine weather added natural feelings to the event although it was in Winter. the marathon circuit passed by several ecological protection zones, such as aromatic wetlands, safari parks and other tourist attractions. Runners could appreciate the beauty of Lake Dian and the beautiful dancing of black-headed gulls while running. This dynamic graph fully expressed the theme of the marathon which is “closer and more harmonious”.

In order to show the unique image of Kunming to the outside, 400 cleaning staff clean the Lake Ring Road everyday and 5garbage trucks are waiting in the position for tasks. law enforcement team are responsible for dealing with illegal construction.

In addition,many sculptures symbolizing Yunnan ethnic instruments decorate the streets from the drum to the Hulusi, presenting the specific Yunnan ethnic cultures. On the other hand, nearby the finish point, 18 "pillars", which were printed with each country's most representative attractions and landmarks, stands for the members of SCO. The marathon increased Yunnan’s cultural vitality in a way of integration and exchange of culture.

The whole event arranged in perfect order

The sun was smiling and air was full of vigor. Marathon runners got started from Haigen Hall at 9:00 am. Citizens standing aside the road boosted the morale of the runners.What\s more, many experienced doctors joined medical station so as to provide injured people with timely help.

A journalist from CCTV Sports said that it was a rare thing to hold marathon in such a nice weather throughout the history. This marathon reached high standard and made Kunming well-known around the world. And Kunming police arranged thousands of police to ensure the security since midnight.

Compliments about Kunming rising up

Keeping an eye on the track of events of marathon, what impressed the runner from outside the most was the wonderful weather. “The air is fresh and warm. My hometown is extremely cold” a police from Jiangsu Province said. And Mr Jin who has stayed in Kunming for 2 years said that Kunming felt like his second Hometown and he always loved it.

There was an 63 years old man in full-marathon named Ren Zhiyong. It is said that he has already participated 61 full marathon competitions. It was his first time to run marathon in Kunming. “I has fallen love with the clear air and smiling sunshine here.” He hoped that he could take part in the competition in Kunming the next year.

23 visually impaired participants

It is worth mentioning that 23 visually impaired participants were part of the 2016 SCO Kunming International Marathon. Each visually impaired participant accompanied by a volunteer. All the volunteers serve for the guidance and services.

Peng Bin from Kunming School for Deaf-mutes and his guide dog participated in the mini-marathon as well.He said,”I love sports from childhood. I cannot run because of the eye problems. Now I can run like a free bird with the help of volunteer and my doggy. I hope that people can pay attention to the blind and the guild dog’s work.”

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(Editors:Rachel,Tracy)

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