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The world's most populous country found its love for sport late in life.

For decades, running was not a very important sport at the grassroots level in China. This was different, however, in elite sport, where China's runners were among the world's elite towards the end of the last century, especially in the women's category.

Wang Junxia, for example, held the world record for the 10,000 metres from 1993 to 2016 with 29:31.78 minutes, albeit under highly dubious circumstances. Many of the female long-distance runners were associated with doping years later. However, it was to take several more years before popular sport became established in China. It was not until 2010 that there was a drastic increase in running events. The marathon in particular is booming in China. There are now several city marathons with more than 10,000 participants.

The biggest running events in China

A classic in China is the Beijing Marathon, which has been held officially since 1981 under the name Beijing International Marathon. Several thousand runners compete in the marathon. Top times are regularly run here. In the list of the fastest marathon events worldwide, the marathon, which takes place in September, has ranked among the top 20. The Xiamen Marathon has also made it into the top 20. Although it has a much shorter tradition than the Beijing Marathon, it has a similarly large starting field as the Beijing Marathon. The Xiamen Marathon is always held on the first Saturday of the year. The first fast world best time is usually run here. Winning times under 2:10 hours are at least not uncommon in this metropolis of millions.

Towards the end of the year, 30,000 runners register for the Shanghai Marathon. Another big event is the Hong Kong Marathon in February. Including fringe events, the event has 70,000 registered runners, making the Hong Kong Marathon one of the biggest sporting events on the planet.

The globally organised Rock 'n' Roll running series also makes regular stops in China with several half marathons, for example in Chengdu, Beijing and Guangzhou.

A unique experience

Apart from the many city marathons in the metropolises with millions of inhabitants, China also offers some spectacular adventure runs. The Great Wall Marathon, organised annually in May by Albatros Adventure, is clearly one of them. At this sporting event, you can complete a marathon on the Great Wall of China.

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Another spectacular adventure race is the Gobi March. In this stage race, you cover around 250 kilometres of running across China in 6 days.

Triathlons in China

Triathlon has also long since arrived in China, as the middle-distance races of the IRONMAN 70.3 series prove. In spring, an IRONMAN 70.3 will be held in Liuzhou, in late autumn in Shanghai and Xiamen.

All Running Races in China(sorted by date) can be found in the following overview:

Running competitions 2023 in China

Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon

 
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Date of the race | 06:10 Uhr
Location of the race Hong Kong
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 2,2 km

Vibram® Hong Kong 100

 
Date of the race | 08:00 Uhr
Location of the race Hong Kong
Distance of the race 103 km (5.300 Hm) / 50 km

Nanjing Marathon

 
Date of the race | 07:30 Uhr
Location of the race Nanjing
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 5 km

Chongqing Marathon

 
Date of the race | 08:00 Uhr
Location of the race Chongqing
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 5 km

Wuxi Marathon

 
Date of the race | 07:30 Uhr
Location of the race Wuxi
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 5 km

Suzhou Taihu Marathon

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Suzhou
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 6 km

Yangling Marathon

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Yangling
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 5 km

Wuhan Marathon

 
Date of the race | 07:30 Uhr
Location of the race Wuhan
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 13 km

Run The Great Wall Marathon - Jinsanling

 
Date of the race | 09:30 Uhr
Location of the race Huairou
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

Yading Skyrun

 
Date of the race | 07:00 Uhr
Location of the race Yading
Distance of the race 52 km (3.907 Hm) / 32 km (2.819 Hm) / 7 km (1.072 Hm)

Great Wall Marathon

 
2
Date of the race | 07:30 Uhr
Location of the race Huangyaguan
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 8,5 km

Lanzhou International Marathon

 
1
Date of the race | 07:30 Uhr
Location of the race Lanzhou
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 5 km

Taiyuan Marathon

 
Date of the race | 08:00 Uhr
Location of the race Taiyuan
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 4,2 km

Hengshui Lake Marathon

 
Date of the race | 07:30 Uhr
Location of the race Hengshui
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 5 km

Xi'an Yango International Marathon

 
Date of the race | 07:30 Uhr
Location of the race Xi'an
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 7 km

Dalian Marathon

 
Date of the race | 07:30 Uhr
Location of the race Dalian
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 4,2 km

Yellow River Estuary (Dongying) Marathon

 
Date of the race | 07:30 Uhr
Location of the race Dongying
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 5 km

Chengdu Marathon

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Chengdu
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 6 km

Changsha Marathon

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Changsha
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km

Hangzhou Marathon

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Hangzhou
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 13,8 km / 6,8 km / 1,2 km

IRONMAN 70.3 Xiamen

 
Date of the race | 06:50 Uhr
Location of the race Xiamen
Distance of the race Mitteldistanz

Peking Marathon / Beijing Marathon

 
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Date of the race | 07:30 Uhr
Location of the race Beijing
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

Guilin Marathon

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Guilin
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 5 km

Sleemon Shaoxing Marathon

 
Date of the race | 07:30 Uhr
Location of the race Shaoxing
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 6,5 km

Nanchang Marathon

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Nanchang
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 5 km

Great Hakka Marathon

 
Date of the race | 07:30 Uhr
Location of the race Zhangzhou
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 8 km

Shanghai Marathon

 
1
Date of the race | 07:00 Uhr
Location of the race Shanghai
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km

TransLantau™ by UTMB

 
Date of the race | 23:30 Uhr
Location of the race Lantau Island
Distance of the race 100 km / 50 km / 25 km

Ultra-Trail Ninghai

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Ninghai
Distance of the race 102 km (5.260 Hm) / 42 km

Kunming Marathon

 
Date of the race | 08:30 Uhr
Location of the race Kunming
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km

Hainan Danzhou Marathon

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Danzhou
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 5 km

Shenzhen Marathon

 
Date of the race | 08:00 Uhr
Location of the race Shenzhen
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 6 km

Guangzhou Huangpu Marathon

 
Date of the race | 07:30 Uhr
Location of the race Guangzhou
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km

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