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Moments of the 2023 Guiyang Marathon

eguiyang.com.cn|Updated: June 12, 2023

The highly anticipated 2023 Guiyang Marathon commenced on June 10, attracting a remarkable turnout of 25,000 enthusiastic participants hailing from 32 countries and regions. The pleasant weather, with a temperature of only 19 degrees Celsius (66 degrees Fahrenheit), set the stage for an enjoyable running experience.

This year's marathon witnessed an unprecedented number of registrations, with over 50,000 individuals showing interest. Among the 25,000 participants, a majority of 68 percent were female, while 32 percent were male. The age range of the participants spanned from 1 year old to an impressive 76 years old, reflecting the diverse and inclusive nature of the event.


Runners wait before the starting line. [Photo/Guiyang news network]


The 2023 Guiyang Marathon starts. [Photo/Guiyang news network]


A young couple takes their little girl to participate in the marathon together. [Photo/Guiyang news network]


A runner smiles at the camera during the competition. [Photo/Guiyang news network]


Runners dress up as the characters of "The Journey to West", one of the four great classical Chinese novels. [Photo/ddcpc website]

The marathon route of the 2023 Guiyang Marathon offered a captivating journey through the city's prominent landmarks and picturesque landscapes. Starting from the north square of Guiyang International Exhibition Center, the track led participants on a memorable tour. They passed through Guanshanhu Park, Yueshanhu Park, Karst Park, and Quanhu Park, immersing themselves in the natural beauty of the surroundings. Along the way, runners encountered notable landmarks such as the Jinyang Eight Horses Sculpture and the Guiyang Olympic Sports Center, adding a touch of cultural significance to the race. This thoughtfully designed route allowed participants to experience Guiyang's environment, charm, and unique character as they embarked on their marathon journey.


Runners run through the green Guiyang city. [Photo/colorful Guizhou network]


Volunteers at the supply stations prepare water for the runners. [Photo/ddcpc website] 

The competition was equipped with medical spots every 2.5 kilometers and 26 ambulances to provide the runners with medical services. There were also supply stations along the tracks, supplying water and food for runners. And ten water-spraying spots to help runners cool down. 

The competition started at 7:30 am. About two hours and 17 minutes later, Cen Wanjiang, a Guizhou athlete, won the male competition of full marathon.


Cen runs toward the finish line. [Photo/Guiyang news network]