Urumqi to host win­ter marathons

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA -

An ice and snow marathon will be held in Urumqi, Xin­jiang au­tonomous re­gion, on Jan 1 next year, ac­cord­ing to the re­gional sports ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The com­pe­ti­tion, the 2017 Urumqi Silk Road Ice and Snow Marathon, will be held in the city’s Tian­shan Grand Canyon. It will con­sist of four events: a full marathon of 42.2 kilo­me­ters; a half marathon of 21.1 km; a mini marathon of 10 km; and a par­entchild run of 3 km.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion said it ex­pects 3,000 do­mes­tic and over­seas run­ners to reg­is­ter for the com­pe­ti­tion, with a prize of 30,000 yuan ($4,300) to be awarded to the win­ner of the full marathon.

So far, more than 1,100 peo­ple have reg­is­tered for the full and half marathons, the largest num­ber of par­tic­i­pants for a do­mes­tic win­ter marathon in re­cent years, the ad­min­is­tra­tion said.

Among the par­tic­i­pants are more than 20 run­ners from for­eign coun­tries, in­clud­ing the United King­dom, the United States, France, Swe­den, Kenya, Ethiopia and Kaza­khstan.

Zhang Jian, chair of the Urumqi Marathon As­so­cia- tion, said ice and snow marathons in win­ter are preva­lent all over the world, but they are still new in China.

Urumqi is rich in ice and snow re­sources of ice and snow, as well as ski­ing re­sorts and win­ter sports venues at in­ter­na­tional stan­dards. By hold­ing such a com­pe­ti­tion, more peo­ple from China and abroad will be at­tracted to the city to visit or to par­take in sports and cul­tural events, Zhang said, adding that such events will greatly ben­e­fit the de­vel­op­ment of the city.

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