China; Half-Marathon embroiled in cheating scandal, more than 250 bans handed down

More than 250 runners have been caught cheating during the Shenzhen Half-Marathon in China, with organisers handing out hundreds of bans after last weekend’s race.

The majority of the bans were for runners taking shortcuts — 237 people were caught on traffic cameras cutting through bushes — while several other runners were found to be wearing fake bibs.

Organisers said those who took the shortcut would have run up to three kilometres less than the full 21.1km distance.

“We deeply regret the violations that occurred during the event,” Chinese news outlet Xinhua quoted organisers as saying.

“Marathon running is not simply exercise, it is a metaphor for life, and every runner is responsible for him or herself.”

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