Discussion: China’s marathon mania

Data reveals that 134 marathon-related events were registered with the Chinese Athletic Association in 2015, 83 more than in 2014. The 134 events attracted 1.5 million participants from nearly 90 countries and regions. The Financial Times suggests that running is the “new religion” of the Chinese middle class. What does this phenomenon indicate about China’s development? Who stands to benefit from the growth of the running industry, and can cities also take advantage of hosting such events? Join us for a chat with Mr. Dong Jun, a sports commentator, and Ms. Song Hong, media director of Beijing Rapid Sports Industry Co. Ltd; and in Athens Ohio, Mr. Norman O’Reilly, professor and chair of the Department of Sports Administration at the College of Business in Ohio University.

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