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Preparation underway for 2018 Xiangshan Marathon

The annual Xiangshan Marathon is scheduled to be held at Xiangshan Scenic Area, Zhangjiagang, a county-level city in Suzhou Jiangsu province on March 4.

The event includes a short marathon (15 kilometers) and walking race (nearly 3 kilometers). Around 3,000 running enthusiasts are expected to join the competition.

Here are some further details of the event.

Schedule for 2018 Xiangshan Marathon:

7:15 - 8:20 Athletes gather at the venue and check in 7:55 – 8:20 cheerleaders'performance 8:30 – 8: 35 the opening ceremony 8:35 – 11:00 marathon and walking race 11:15 – 11:30 the awards ceremony

The route of 2018 Xiangshan Marathon:

1. Marathon Race: Starting point of Huanshan Lu (Plum Park Gate ) – Wanghu Lu- Xiangshan Temple – Shengguotan Square- Wangjiang Lu- Yinghua South Road- Yinghua North Road- Jianghai Lu – Xiangnanxi Lu – Huangshan Lu- the finish line.

2. Walking Race: Starting point of Huanshan Lu (Meiyuan Gate ) - Wanghu Lu – Meiling- the finish line (Plum Park Gate).

The running route for the 2018 Xiangshan Marathon [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Stunning scenery at Xiangshan Scenic Area in Zhangjiagang showing cherry flowers in full blossom carpeting the scenic spot [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Running enthusiasts take part in the 2017 Xiangshan Marathon. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]