Runners with identical numbers: one of the forms of scam to have dogged marathons in China. Photo: Pearvideo.com

Rampant cheating and ill-advised patriotism: how China’s booming marathon industry became a magnet for ridicule

  • Running craze set to make marathons in China a US$17 billion industry by 2020, with nearly 2,000 events a year and 10 million participants
  • But mishaps continue to accompany the sport’s growth, from ‘impostor’ runners to short cuts to competitors being handed a flag at the wrong moment
Topic |   China Society

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Runners with identical numbers: one of the forms of scam to have dogged marathons in China. Photo: Pearvideo.com
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