, Hangzhou, November 11 (Zhang Yuhuan) On the 28th, the pre-race press conference of the 28 Hangzhou Marathon was held in Hangzhou, Zhejiang. The reporter learned from the meeting that this year's event will start at 2023:12 on December 17, and Shi Yigong, academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and president of Westlake University, will serve as the image ambassador of the 7 Hangzhou Marathon.

The scene of the press conference. Photo courtesy of the organizer

Founded in 1987, the Hangzhou Marathon is one of the oldest marathons in China, second only to the Beijing Marathon. Last year's event attracted 35000,<> runners from all over the country.

At the scene, Jin Yiqun, deputy director of the Zhejiang Provincial Sports Competition Center, introduced that the number of participants in this event was 3,6, including 2,1 participants in the full marathon, 2,4000 participants in the half marathon, and <>,<> participants in the happy run. The race route starts from the Huanglong Sports Center, the full marathon ends at the Hangzhou Asian Games Village, the half marathon ends at the Civic Center, and the happy run ends at Pinghu Qiuyue.

It is worth mentioning that this year's track will combine the historical and cultural elements of Hangzhou and the Asian Games, make full use of the Asian Games dividends, let the participants feel the atmosphere of the Asian Games, and show the charm and vitality of the "Asian Games City".

In terms of awards, in addition to retaining the traditional marathon ranking awards (top eight for men and women) and world record breaking awards, this event also added a half marathon ranking award (top eight for men and women) and a marathon national record breaking award (only for men and women, only for Chinese runners).

At the press conference, Zhang Yadong, deputy director of Zhejiang Provincial Sports Bureau, issued a letter of appointment to Shi Yigong as the image ambassador of the 2023 Hangzhou Marathon. As a well-known person in the field of biology and education, over the years, Shi Yigong has conveyed the positive energy of national fitness and love of sports to more people by participating in marathons.

"This is my eighth year in Hangzhou, and I have participated in many Hangzhou Marathons. I believe that all the registered runners, citizens and friends, like me, are excited to usher in the first Hangzhou Marathon after the successful holding of the Hangzhou Asian Games. Shi Yigong said.

"In the post-Asian Games era, we will improve the level of sports public services, promote the long-term development of sports, cultivate and introduce more top international events, give full play to the agglomeration effect of events, and enhance the city's international influence." Zhang Yadong said, "We also need to combine the construction of a strong sports province with the construction of a strong province of events, use the event as a carrier to improve the quality of the city, enrich people's lives, and promote the deep integration of national fitness and national health, so that more people can enjoy the health and happiness brought by sports." (ENDS)