Shenzhen is going to hold the Marathon Race with an official distance of 42.195 kilometers in the second half of 2012 or the first half of 2013. Besides the 42.195 kilometers race, Shenzhen Municipal Bureau of Culture Sport and Tourism will also set 21.0975, 10 and 5 kilometers races for amateur runners.
Ding Fuyuan, deputy to the National People's Congress (NPC), suggested on the NPC Conference that city marathon race could not only provide Shenzhen with a shortcut to be an international city, but also boosted the city’s economy. And he cited Xiamen Marathon race and Yantian Marathon in Shenzhen as examples to support his viewpoint.
Other deputies thought that Shenzhen had incomparable conditions to hold the marathon event, including wonderful city environment, marathon runway with city characteristics, numerous volunteers, strong support from enterprises and government’s rich experience in ensuring the security.
According to Shenzhen Municipal Bureau of Culture Sport and Tourism, the preliminary planning and consult of the scale, time, site, route and rules of the race had already started. They aimed to make the marathon race standardized and the arrangement full of Shenzhen characteristic.
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