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Kenya & Ethiopia dominated 2018 Sanya Marathon, fun run for all

Updated: 2018-03-12 13:02:15

The 2018 Hainan (Sanya) International Marathon kicked off at the city’s Times Square at 7:35 a.m. on March 11th, 2018. The marathon is annually one of Sanya’s biggest sporting events.




A total of 20,852 runners from 29 countries and regions competed in three different race events: 4,321 in the full marathon, 5,596 in the half marathon, and 10,935 in the mini run.




Several officials and organizers gathered to fire the marathon’s starting shot: Duan Shijie, President of the China Athletic Association; Yan Zhaojun, Member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Hainan Provincial Committee and Secretary of the CPC Sanya Municipal Committee; Zhong Runzhi, Deputy Secretary-General of the Hainan Provincial Government; Lin Guangqiang, Director of the Department of Culture, Radio, Television, Publication, and Sports of Sanya; Huang Shaowen, Director of the Standing Committee of the Sanya Municipal People’s Congress; Rong Liping, Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Sanya Committee; Tian Xiaojun, Deputy Director of the State Administrative Center of Track and Field; Cao Yuanxin, Vice Director of the Department of Culture, Radio, Television, Publication, and Sports of Hainan; Xu Zhenling, Deputy Director of the Sanya Municipal People’s Government; Xu Yanmei, former Chinese Olympic diver; Yu Xingyu, COO of Ali Sport; and other guests from the organizing committee.




Men’s Top Three (Full Marathon):

Jacob Kiplagat Yator (Kenya; time: 02:16:32)

Ekai William Erinyok (Kenya; time: 02:20:53)

Guan Yousheng (China; time: 02:21:09)



Women’s top 3 (Full Marathon):

Tigist Bikila Deme (Ethiopia; time: 02:40:18)

Yao Miao (China; time: 02:40:32)

Cheruto Monica (Kenya; time: 02:45:46)


This year, racers and spectators enjoyed an improved Sanya Marathon experience, thanks to a slew of advances in technology, transportation, and race services. Those improvements created a top-quality marathon experience for competitors and spectators alike:


> Organizers of the Sanya marathon used facial recognition technology to prevent cheating and to stop impostors in their tracks.

> About 2,000 volunteers worked to provide various services throughout the race.

> Eight water spray stations for cooling were set along the race route.

> To keep athletes and spectators informed of key developments, the Marathon’s social media channels were updated throughout the day, providing key race and traffic information.

> Every runner in the half and full marathon races was served fresh coconut juice and was given a Panama hat in the finishing area.

> Medical services:

To ensure access to speedy medical services for runners in need, 22 aid stations and 26 ambulances were stationed along the race route. To administer acute first aid, 96 automated external defibrillators (AED) were used during the event, and 761 medical aid volunteers and 88 rescue runners were trained to provide rapid assessment of medical needs throughout the entirety of the race.


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The marathon is now in its third year. The annual event in Sanya has become a festival for marathon lovers and a powerful sports culture draw card for Sanya. Sanya hopes that the event will help to get more people involved in sports, contributing to nationwide fitness programs.


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