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Jiading runners hit the track of New Year's Day

( chinadaily.com.cn ) 2017-01-04

Jiading runners hit the track of New Year's Day

Jiading district of Shanghai hosts a running race at the Shanghai International Circuit on Jan 1 to celebrate the New Year. [Photo/jiading.gov.cn]

More than 10,000 runners took to the start line at Shanghai International Circuit in Jiading district on Jan 1, to start the New Year off on the right foot and get healthy.

The annual event, which started in 2015, aims to promote a healthy lifestyle and encourage more people to be involved in sports.

Jiading runners hit the track of New Year's Day

The New Year running race at the Shanghai International Circuit in the city's Jiading district attracts more than 10,000 runners on Jan 1. [Photo/jiading.gov.cn]

Different from the previous two years, this year's race had pace runners who helped middle and long distance runners improve their times.

The event included a race for visually impaired runners accompanied by volunteers to ensure safety.

Jiading runners hit the track of New Year's Day

Runners pass down the back straight of the Shanghai International Circuit in Jiading on Jan 1. [Photo/jiading.gov.cn]

A charity drive took place alongside the race, with many runners donating winter clothes in aid of poor families in Majiang county, Guizhou province.

Runners were also encouraged to donate their running steps. For every 5,000 steps each runner took, FAW-Volkswagen Audi, sponsor of the event, donated 2 yuan to the Ai You Foundation, to pay for the treatment and care of orphans.

 

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