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Elite 10K Race draws enthusiasts

The 2021 Shanghai Elite 10K Race was held in Putuo District early yesterday, with 5,500 runners starting their journey from Guangfu Road W.

Runners were split into three groups to start the race some minutes apart to avoid crowding.

The route went past Zhenbei Road and Changfeng Park before reaching the finishing line at the intersection of Tongpu Road and Zhongjiang Road.

Chen Yujin was the first male runner to complete the 10km race, clocking 31 minutes and 5 seconds. The women’s crown went to Zhang Xinyan, a national athletics team member, who completed the distance in 32 minutes and 57 seconds.

Four medical stations and six ambulances, as well as about 100 emergency volunteers were arranged along the route to ensure runners’ safety.

The top 400 male finishers and top 200 female finishers have been given quotas for the 2022 Shanghai Half Marathon.

Meanwhile, the 2021 Shanghai Marathon will be held on November 28 at a double scale compared with last year’s edition.

A total of 18,000 runners will take part in this year’s competition. Among them, 13,000 will compete in the 42-kilometer full marathon, while the rest take part in the shorter health run.

Under the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic, last year’s event was scaled down from 2019’s 38,000 runners to 9,000. The 10km and 5.5km races were also canceled.

For the 2021 race, the number of participants has been partially restored. The races will start at 7am from the Bund. Runners will be divided into four groups and start their journey some minutes apart to avoid crowding.

The route of the marathon will remain the same as last year. Runners will go past city landmarks, including Nanjing Road Pedestrian Mall, People’s Square, Jing’an Temple and Longhua Temple before reaching the finishing line at the riverside West Bund Art Center in Xuhui District.

The health run will finish at Jing’an Park. The route covers about 5.5 kilometers.

The prize money has been set at 150,000 yuan (US$23,310) for the male and female winners, and 100,000 and 80,000 yuan for the second and third finishers.

Registration will close at 5pm today. The quotas will be distributed through a draw and the results announced on Friday.

The entry fee is 100 yuan for each marathon runner and 60 yuan for each health run participant. For foreign runners, it’s 300 yuan and 200 yuan.

All participants will have to hand in nucleic acid test reports within three days of the event.


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