Li­u­pan­shui ef­forts gain recog­ni­tion

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

Open­ing China’s first marathon-themed mu­seum and set­ting up a marathon train­ing camp, in­clud­ing a spe­cial women’s camp, distin­guished the Li­u­pan­shui In­ter­na­tional Marathon from other runs, it was con­cluded at the in­au­gu­ral marathon sports tourism fo­rum in Li­u­pan­shui, Guizhou prov­ince over the week­end.

Marathons have be­come very pop­u­lar in China, with more than 350 reg­is­tered at the China Ath­let­ics As­so­ci­a­tion in 2016. The num­ber could hit 500 this year.

“Pro­fes­sional or­ga­ni­za­tion is very im­por­tant for suc­cess­ful marathons, but hav­ing unique fea­tures like Li­u­pan­shui is also nec­es­sary,” said Bao Mingx­iao, di­rec­tor of the sports in­dus­try re­search cen­ter at Ts­inghua Univer­sity.

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