Once I saw a grey­haired par­tic­i­pant who was in his 80s cross­ing the fin­ish line with two doc­tors by his side. That’s ex­actly what a marathon means: per­se­ver­ance, willpower, break­ing through and prov­ing your­self.”

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Li Li,

who works for the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee of the Shang­hai In­ter­na­tional Marathon

28-year-old group leader who is known as Zouzou.

“When we be­come wives and moth­ers in the fu­ture, we will form a Nu­cle­arKitty ju­nior group and there’ll be a Nu­cle­arKitty granny group when we grow old. Run­ning never stops,” she said.

Some run­ning groups, in­clud­ing the three men­tioned, some­times will gather for group run known as “a con­ven­tion of the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of run­ning groups in Shang­hai”.

“All the am­a­teur run­ners bring their medals and plaques from var­i­ous com­pe­ti­tions and it is about shar­ing and cel­e­brat­ing run­ners’ hon­ors. At that mo­ment we felt we all be­longed to one group called Shang­hai,” Shi said.

Li Li, who works for the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee of the Shang­hai In­ter­na­tional Marathon, said she has al­ways been touched by run­ners who ded­i­cate their blood, sweat and tears to sports.

“Once I saw a grey-haired par­tic­i­pant who was in his 80s cross­ing the fin­ish line with two doc­tors by his side. That’s ex­actly what a marathon means: per­se­ver­ance, willpower, break­ing through and prov­ing your­self,” she said. Con­tact the writer at zhouwent­ing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

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Run­ning never stops: mem­bers of KiteRun­ners dur­ing a group run.

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