Running around

(Shanghai Star) | Oct 24, 2014


BORN TO RUN: Running has been popular in Shanghai. [Photo/provided to Shanghai Star]

What’s the most popular sport in Shanghai this fall? Running. The craze was likely inspired by The Color Run, a unique race in which the participants are covered in paint. The event drew a large number of fans when it held its fi rst race in Shanghai in September.

Since then, there have been a slew of new running meet-ups happening in the city, in addition to already established events. Shanghai Star looks at some of the top events that will take place in the coming month. Please note, some of these races have already filled all their places — if you want to take part next year, you will have to be quick.

Amway Nutrilite Health Run on Oct 18
Amway Nutrilite Health Run is organized by the municipal government with Amway as its title sponsor. The run will start at the China Art Museum on October 18. This year, organizers will add a large billboard at the terminal, for runners to leave comments, messages to their loved ones or simply to show their achievements. A big trophy, a free pass to Expo Milano 2015 and roundtrip air tickets to Italy, are up for grabs. There will be charity sales during the event, and Amway China will donate 10 yuan ($1.6) to a foundation on behalf of each of the 8,000 participants. All of the money collected will be donated to cancer research. The event was launched in 2002 and has attracted about 3.5 million participants so far. This event has been fully booked.


BORN TO RUN: Running has been popular in Shanghai. [Photo/provided to Shanghai Star]

New Balance Hero Run 6km Charity Race on Oct 25
Organized by New Balance Trading (China) Co, this event is comprised of six stations located across six Chinese cities. Each station has been paired with another, meaning two cities challenge each other, to see which metropolis has more runners that can run 6km in 45 minutes. Shanghai races Beijing, Chengdu races Chongqing and Guangzhou races Shenzhen. The city with the best times will raise the most money for sports shoes to be donated to poverty-stricken children through the Yao Foundation, started by NBA legend Yao Ming. Runners from Shanghai will challenge their competitors from Beijing at 9am on Oct 25 starting at Shanghai Oriental Sports Center. A total of 5,000 runners will be enlisted in each city and participants can sign up for the event by logging on to herorun.newbalance.com.cn. So, are you ready to fight for the glory of your city?

Race to Shanghai IFC on Oct 26
“SHKP Vertical Run for Charity” organized by Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited will be bigger than ever in 2014, with two stops in Hong Kong and Shanghai. The Race to Shanghai’s IFC will be held on Oct 26 to raise funds for youth and child services. The seventh stop of the 2014 Vertical World Circuit, the race offers group and corporate relay, individual, and elite races for runners to challenge themselves by climbing 1,460 stairs.
The general public is welcome to participate to experience the fun and joy of vertical running. Interested parties can visit the official website www.SHKPVerticalRun.com, or call 021-2329-6824 for further details. Onsite registration is also available.

Shanghai International Marathon on Nov 2
One of the biggest running events in China, the 2014 Shanghai International Marathon features a full 42.2-kilometer marathon, a 21km half-marathon, 10km fun run and 5km health run that will be held on the same day to cater to runners of all abilities. All of the races will start at Chen Yi Square on the Bund, with the full and half-marathons finishing at Shanghai Stadium in Xuhui district. The 10km run will end at Fuxing Park in Huangpu district, and the health run at Jing’an Sculpture Park. The main event will have a limit of 8,000 runners, with quotas of 10,000 for the half-marathon, 7,000 for the 10km race and 10,000 for the 5km run. It was fully booked hours after the registration channel opened in September.


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