Lives on the run enrich country
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.