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“Dashang Cup” -the 30th Dalian International Marathon is to be held on this Saturday

Yesterday afternoon, the press conference of “Dashang Cup” -the 30th Dalian International Marathon was held in Dalian World Expo Plaza. The marathon is to be started on May 13 in Dalian International Convention Center. Relevant responsible persons of the organizing committee and sponsor representatives participated in the press conference yesterday, made a detailed introduction to the preparation of the event and answered the questions from reporters.



The event with the theme of “gathering in Dalian and running with enthuasiasm” is organzied by China Athletics Association and the Dalian Municipal People's Government. The starting time of the match is at 7:30 am on May 13 and the Sports Channel of CCTV will make live broadcast.



The 30th Dalian International Marathon, a common stage of competitive sports and national fitness, includes 14 small items of 7 items such as Women's Marathon, Men's Marathon, marathon team competition, male and female relay race and so on. The registration of the event has been finished now and 29613 athletes are from 42 countries and regions and 31 domestic provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions. There are 201 foreign athletes, 13155 atheletes from other provinces and 16,257 atheletes from Dalian with the oldest at the age of 79 and the yougest at 13. In terms of the distribution of items, the number of atheletes in such long-distance items as marathon and half marathon is doubled. The best scores in male full marathon is 2:09:23 created by Malimo from Ugandan and in female full marathon is 2:30:56, achieved by Naga from Ethiopia.



The race cource this year covering 42.195 km is basically consistent with that in last year, which starts from the International Conference Center of Dalian Donggang Business District, going through Renming Road East, Zhongshan Road, Huizhan Road, Xinghai Square, Taiyuan Street, Gaoerji Road, Tangshan Street, Wusi Road, Jiefang Road, Qiqi Street, Fengjing Street, Chunde Street, Chaoyang Street, Lu Xun Road, Huale Street, Binhai North Road, Ganglong Street, Gangpu Road, Zhuguang Street, Ganglong Road and Renming East Road. The end of the journey is at the east side of the International Conference Center of Dalian Donggang Business District, the semi-finish is at the cross of Chaoyang Street and Aiyang Street, the end of 10 km is on the north side of Xinghai Convention and Exhibition Center, and the mini marathon finish (4.2 km) is on the west side of Senmao Building (Tongqing Street).



As one of the longest marathon events in China, Dalian International Marathon was awarded the "Gold Medal" and the "Most Spreading Event" at the China Marathon Annual Conference in March this year. Besides, in order to welcome the 30th anniversary of "Malaysia", the event this year has following characteristics: higher standards, active participation of athletes, careful security measures, high service quality and live broadcast by CCTV. Especially, the service for atheletes has been upgraded. For example, special routes are opened to transport atheletes, the official pacemaker rabbit is set up, the spraying cooling equipment is equipped, professional medical emergency team is equipped. Quality services will be provided in registration, participation, etc.