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Number of runners register for 2013 Xiamen Int'l Marathon hits record high

Date: 2013-01-01

According to the Xiamen International Marathon organizing committee, the registration for the 2013 Xiamen International Marathon has successfully completed on 15th December, and a record number of 73,893 runners from 45 countries and regions has signed up for the race, which is scheduled to kick off at Xiamen International Conference & Exhibition Centre on Saturday (5th January, 2013).

The registration for each category is as follows: Marathon (42.195km) 20,549, Half Marathon (21.0975km) 19,299, 10KM Run 14,896, Cross-Strait Invitational Marathon Tournament 400, Roller Skating12KM Race 300 and Wheelchair Half Marathon 45.

52 high level overseas runners from Kenya, Ethiopia and other eight countries have also confirmed their participation in the race.

At the suggestions of IAAF/AIMS, the 2013 Marathon will start in four divisions: the skating competition will start at 7:30 a.m., the wheelchair half marathon at 7:35 a.m., invited female players and female players of the National Marathon Championship at 7:45 a.m., and other players at 8:00 a.m.

The 2013 event will be broadcast live jointly by CCTV and Xiamen TV, while the CCTV sports channel and more than 40 provincial and local city television networks across China will simulcast the event. In addition, continuous aerial footage will be provided by CCTV's roving helicopter.

3 marathon ambassadors including Xiamen-born London Olympics weightlifting champion Lin Qingfeng, along with American sprinter Justin Gatlin and famous Taiwanese actress Guey Lun-Mei, will attend the grand opening ceremony of the 2013 C&D Xiamen International Marathon.