5th anniversary of Xichang Marathon丨42.195km, we are still longing for more！
2018 Qionghai Wetland International Marathon started at 7:30 a.m. Beijing time on November 3rd at Torch Plaza in Xichang, Sichuan Province.This event is sponsored by Chinese Athletics Association, Sichuan Sports Bureau and Liangshan People's Government.；undertaken by Sichuan Athletics Association, Liangshan Sports Bureau and Xichang People's Government；Co-operated by Sichuan Siboshang Sports Culture Communication Co., Ltd., Xichang Qionghai Tourism Investment Development Co., Ltd. and Wisdom Sports Group.、
Eventually, Andualem Belay Shiferaw from Ethiopia won the men's Marathon Championship in 2 hours, 14 minutes and 44 seconds. The women's Championship also belongs to Ethiopia. Chaltu Bedo Negashu finished the marathon in 2 hours, 36 minutes and 40 seconds. In the half marathon, Chinese athletes won the men's and women's Half Marathon Championship.
Amazing five years - Xichang Marathon，the most beautiful track upgrade to the "National Business Card"
As a newly 5-year-old event, Xichang Qionghai Wetland International Marathon has won the gold medal of Chinese Athletics Association for two years. As the leader of Sichuan Marathon, it is the most professional international marathon event in Sichuan Province and the first marathon in 30 minority autonomous prefectures in China，famous for its national characteristics, beautiful natural environment and geographical advantages, and perfect tournament service.
This year, Xichang Marathon, who is celebrating her fifth birthday, joined the national IP series "Running China Charming China" for the first time. Xichang Marathon, which has been upgraded to a national business card, shall do better in all aspects of the event，like track design，service arrangement etc. Xichang is known as "a city inhabited in spring". The natural and cultural attractions such as Qionghai, Lushan, Lingshan Temple and Lugu Lake in and around Xichang have attracted the attention and love of the whole country and even the whole world.
Looking back to the past five years, Xichang Marathon has achieved a leap from the bronze, silver and gold medals event of the Chinese Athletics Association in past three years, which has also created the greatest leap in the history of China's marathon. There is no doubt that Xichang Marathon also won the praise of runners after the race in the fifth year.Runners from all over the world spoke highly of the service and other guarantees of the race in all aspects in front of the media. " After participating in so many marathons，2018 Xichang Marathon made me feel every breath of the city. I was deeply impressed by the natural landscape and folk customs, which shows the intentions of the local government and the Organizing Committee for this event." The runner from Beijing told reporters about this.
Comprehensive upgrading -- impacting the IAAF "copper standard competition"
Considering the requirements of runners in the design of Xichang Marathon's half marathon route this year, the track in Qionghai Wetland Park has been specially increased, and also a rest station has been added so that runners can enjoy and record the infinite beauty of Xichang in the course of the race. In addition, all the runners’ service has been upgraded. On one hand, it is a change of the supplement，motivate supplement station has been added and also ice block has been provided on the second half of the track，leaves more choice for the runners. In terms of cultural construction, the organizing committee has carried out a number of activities to transmit the cultural connotations of Xichang Marathon and Xichang to more corners of the world.
According to the statistics of Xichang Marathon Organizing Committee, more than 25,000 runners from 27 countries, including Kenya, Ethiopia, the United States, the Netherlands, Canada, France, India, Russia, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, and 32 provincial districts came and join the race, including 10,000 marathon and half marathons runners and 15,000 mini-marathons runners. There were 14581 non Liangshan athletes. Xichang Marathon still insists on advocating the concept of national fitness, and strives to promote the national fitness boom in Xichang City, even many domestic marathon events have eliminated half marathon and mini marathon from the event.
In addition to attracting runners from all over the world, the success of this year's competition will naturally depend on the strong assistance of many volunteers, security personnel, medical staff, municipal staff and all Xichang citizens. It is precisely because of your full commitment that Xichang Marathon will have the opportunity to impact the IAAF copper this year.
The major national media have given sustained and comprehensive attention to the successful hosting of the five-year-old Xichang Marathon. On the day of the competition, CCTV Sports Channel carried out a 150-minute live broadcast, including the media of Xinhua News Agency, Sichuan Daily and major portals to report on the event. Runners who have failed to participate in the race also had the opportunity to see the whole process on all social media. In addition, more than 30 units, including the named sponsor, the People's Insurance Company of China, have provided tremendous support for the successful hosting of the five-year-old Xichang Marathon.
Running beautiful Xichang, pursuing colorful Liangshan! The successful ending of 2018 Xichang Qionghai Lake Wetland International Marathon is just another new starting point. Standing on the brilliant achievements made in the past, Xichang Marathon is still moving forward, striving to bring more exciting moments for runners and make more people feel the unique charm of Xichang. See you next year,Xichang Marathon!