Beijing Marathon runners wear masks to combat smog from pollution

Posted By Staff

Date: October 19th, 2014

Category: Bizarre, sports, strange

smogBEIJING – Despite heavy pollution blanketing Beijing on Sunday, an international marathon went ahead, with face masks and sponges among the equipment used by competitors to battle the smog.

The 34th Beijing International Marathon began at Tiananmen Square with many of the tens of thousands of participants wearing face masks. The 26-mile course ended at the Chinese capital’s Olympic Park.

An update Saturday night on the official microblog of the marathon, which is hosted by the Chinese Athletic Association and the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Sports, said “there might be slight or moderate smog.” It asked competitors to pay attention to the conditions and to take measures according to their own health, and advised the elderly and people with respiratory diseases to carefully consider whether to participate.  More

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