Bank of Ningbo 2018 Nan­jing Xian­lin Half Marathon opens

Global Times – Metro Beijing - - ENTERPRISE -

The start­ing gun went off at the Bank of Ningbo 2018 Nan­jing Xian­lin Half Marathon (2018 Xian­lin Marathon) in Nan­jing, Jiangsu Prov­ince on the morn­ing of April 21. Tens of thou­sands of marathon run­ners par­tic­i­pated in the com­pe­ti­tion, in­clud­ing those who came from 22 other coun­tries and re­gions, such as the US, Ja­pan, South Korea, Ethiopia and Kenya.

Af­ter intense com­pe­ti­tion, Kiprop Philip Calv­ina from Kenya won the men’s race, and Gurmu Be­lainesh Yami from Ethiopia won the women’s.

The Chi­nese Athletics As­so­ci­a­tion, the Peo­ple’s govern­ment of Nan­jing’s Qixia district and Xian­lin Univer­sity City’s man­age­ment com­mit­tee or­ga­nized the event.

Plenty fa­mous peo­ple could be seen watch­ing the race from the side­lines this year. Some celebri­ties even par­tic­i­pated. Among them were three fe­male Olympic cham­pi­ons: Zhou Suhong, Zhang Yue­hong and Xu Yunli. Mem­bers of the Chi­nese Women’s Vol­ley­ball Team, the trio held their own in the com­pe­ti­tion.

The com­pe­ti­tion route cov­ered sev­eral fa­mous uni­ver­si­ties in the district and lots of his­tor­i­cal and scenic spots, en­abling run­ners to fully ap­pre­ci­ate Nan­jing Xian­lin’s beau­ti­ful land­scape.

Com­ing off of last year’s suc­cess, this year’s event saw the use of in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies to op­ti­mize reg­is­tra­tion ef­fi­ciency. For ex­am­ple, face recog­ni­tion soft­ware was used to re­duce the wait time when run­ners went to col­lect their com­pe­ti­tion gear.

The or­ga­niz­ers also de­ployed a new start­ing method in which they gath­ered run­ners in different places and started them off at the same time, which they felt was much safer and more con­ve­nient for ev­ery­one. Fresh juice and var­i­ous types of food were also avail­able. The run­ners could also get ice packs and ice wa­ter af­ter the com­pe­ti­tion.

This year also fea­tured a Do­mes­tic Run­ners Award and a Record Breaker Award to in­spire run­ners to push them­selves to record a good score. There were also in­ter­est­ing in­ter­ac­tive games that helped to cre­ate a happy at­mos­phere through­out the event.

Migu In­ter­ac­tive Entertainment Co., Ltd is one of the spon­sors of the event. As a star prod­uct of the com­pany, Migu Xem­power is a lead­ing do­mes­tic in­ter­net+ sports and health plat­form that in­te­grates high-qual­ity sports in­dus­try re­sources into all of its sub­sidiary com­pa­nies. On­line, the com­pany uses Migu Xem­power as a com­pre­hen­sive plat­form for sports, in­for­ma­tion shar­ing, ac­tiv­i­ties and char­ity. Off­line, the com­pany has brought top-class ex­pe­ri­ences to sports fans with pack­ages such as the fa­mous Ride over Moun­tains and Fields and other races, train­ing camps and sports ex­pe­ri­ences.

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