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Roads to be blocked as 20,000 run city streets

ROADS will be closed and more than 40 public bus routes will be shortened or subject to detours tomorrow from 7:30am to 1pm during the running of the 2009 Shanghai International Marathon.

The 42.19-kilometer race will start at Century Plaza on the Nanjing Road Pedestrian Mall in the downtown and end at Minhang Stadium in southwest Shanghai's Minhang District.

Traffic will be banned along the route, which is expected to host more than 20,000 runners, 10 percent more than last year.

A temporary shuttle bus service will take runners who have finished the race from Minhang Stadium to the Xinzhuang Station of Metro Line 1 from 9:30am to 2:50pm.

The race will be divided into three levels: the full marathon, the half marathon at 21.1 kilometers and the 4.5-kilometer fun run.

The course will pass key city attractions such as People's Square and Jing'an Temple.

This year marks the 14th Shanghai Marathon. With prize money totaling US$111,600, the 2009 event has attracted many champion athletes, including Isaac Macharia from Kenya, winner of the 2005 and 2009 Nagano Marathon in Japan, and Gashaw Melese Asfaw from Ethiopia, winner of the 2006 Paris Marathon.

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