In Fast-Paced China, Marathon Craze Is Off And Running (Despite A Clumsy Start)

Runners assemble at the starting line of the third annual Qingyuan marathon.

Six years ago, China held 22 marathons; this year, more than 400 are scheduled. But it’s long-distance running with Chinese characteristics, and some twists including cigarettes and fruity soap.

(Image credit: Rob Schmitz/NPR)

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