On Oct 27th Dongfeng Nissan Chengdu Marathon began besides the Jinsha Heritage Museum. This is the first race since Chengdu Marathon became a candidate race for World Marathon Majors. The organizing committee has modified the race course, medical plan, security and special projects according to world’s first class standards.
Especially the race course was co-designed by experts from AIMS and CAA aiming to reduce the number of tunnels and bridges and short distance U-turns to improve the experience of runners. Meanwhile the race course will pass iconic sites like Tianfu Square and Dufucaotang so that runners will have better experience. 30000 athletes will run along this course to immerse in the thousands years of history of Chengdu and the bright future of the city.
The registration of this year opened on June 28th 10 clock. After 17 minutes and 8 seconds the total number went above 10000, compared to last year’s 1 hour 16 minute 37 seconds, the process is 1 hour faster. During the 7 day registration period there were 97283 runners registered, compare to the number of 50294 last year, the increase rate is 93.4%. Among them 31009 is marathon, and 50229 are half marathon runners, happy run 16045.
After lucky draw, the final number of total runners is 30000, with 15000 marathon runners, 10000 half marathon and 5000 happy run. The chief director of race course from WMM Lisa Thompson said the course of Chengdu Marathon is clearly designed with the purpose of showcasing Chengdu from history to modern, which is a great highlight. She also gave advice on including more iconic site into the race course to give runners biter experience.