More than 250 runners were disqualified from this half marathon for cheating

Image: Shenzhen Half Marathon

Organisers of the Shenzhen Half Marathon have vowed that the 258 participants caught cheating during their race at the weekend will face bans from the race. 18 runners were found to wearing fake bibs, 237 other runners were found to have taken shortcuts during the event, and were caught out by traffic cameras and local photographers, which showed hundreds of entrants running through bushes to cut 2 to 3K from the full half marathon distance:

A local news agency, Xinhua, has quoted organisers as saying: “We deeply regret the violations that occurred during the event. Marathon running is not simply exercise, it is a metaphor for life, and every runner is responsible for him or herself.”

News of the cheating has sparked outrage in China, and a rise in the number of events in recent years has been blamed for the problem.

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