Field notes

Marathon fever hots up in China

Number of runners outpaces race spots available in this multibillion-dollar industry. But cheating scandals are a blot.

When Shanghai native Summer Li, 36, was in university, she didn't exercise much but was made to run a 5km stretch of the Shanghai Marathon in 2003. It was scheduled to be part of a live broadcast but there were not enough participants.

"Now, it's basically impossible to enter (the race)," said Ms Li, who works as a sales manager for a German multinational in Shanghai.


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 02, 2019, with the headline 'Marathon fever hots up in China'. Print Edition | Subscribe