Not a marathon heist, but quite mean!

Global Times - Weekend - - OPINION -

The or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee of the IAAF gold la­bel road race – Xi­a­men Marathon – sus­pended a ref­eree found steal­ing bread, ba­nana and pa­per cups meant for run­ners. Sev­eral days be­fore the event, par­tic­i­pants had ac­cused the com­mit­tee of mis­man­age­ment. More than 30,000 domestic and for­eign run­ners par­tic­i­pated in the race but thou­sands of them had to wait in line for one and half hours for rac­ing gear but re­turn dis­ap­pointed. Dozens of marathons were held in China last year. The races are wel­comed as they pro­vide a stage for lovers of run­ning, pro­mote sports and high­light host cities. How­ever, some un­scrupu­lous marathon or­ga­niz­ers have made the races a source of mak­ing a fast buck. The events need bet­ter man­age­ment lest par­tic­i­pants don’t run, but run away.

Il­lus­tra­tions: Peter C. Espina/GT

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