Lives on the run en­rich coun­try

China Daily (Canada) - - PEOPLE - In Lon­don fu­jing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

When Fang Ning, a po­lit­i­cal sci­en­tist de­cided to com­pete in a marathon dur­ing a sab­bat­i­cal six years ago, most Chi­nese still con­sid­ered the sport a nov­elty, with its chal­lenges of en­durance and men­tal stamina.

Fang, now a fit and en­er­getic 59, is still run­ning.

But the di­rec­tor of the In­sti­tute of Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ence of the Chi­nese Acad­emy of So­cial Sciences, the coun­try’s lead­ing think tank, is not tak­ing part only to sharpen his per­se­ver­ance and experience the joy of reach­ing mile­stones.

He said he sees some­thing more in the large num­bers of Chi­nese tak­ing part both in the many cities in China that now stage races and those who travel to Bos­ton, Lon­don and other global cities to run.

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