— Published 13 October 2021

Wuhan gets its marathon back

Quite a symbol. The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the first COVID-19 case was detected in 2019, will organise its annual marathon on Sunday, October 24th. It is expected to bring together around 26,000 runners, 10,000 of whom will run the 42.195 km distance (the rest of the field will run a half-marathon or 13 km). The course will start at the Science and Technology Museum on the Yangtze River and end at Happy Valley, an amusement park. Two hundred bibs have been set aside for the health workers who helped Wuhan and its 11 million inhabitants fight the coronavirus pandemic. Participants must demonstrate that they have not travelled to a high-risk area or overseas for 21 days prior to the competition date. They will need to show a sanitary pass and a negative COVID-19 test that is seven days old or less. The organisers have also planned a parallel online marathon for competitors who are unable to travel to Wuhan. The 2020 edition of the Wuhan Marathon had been cancelled due to the sanitary crisis.