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Runners push limits at 6 Day Race in Xiamen

chinadaily.com.cn| Updated: Dec 10, 2019


Mongolian runner Budjargal Byambaa sets a personal record after running 834 kilometers in 144 hours in Xiamen, East China's Fujian province on Dec 6. [Photo/xmnn.cn]

The Xiamen Six Day Race, the first multiple day race in China, was held in Xiamen, East China's Fujian province, from Nov 30 to Dec 6.

The event, featuring 144-, 48-, 24-, 12- and 6-hour races, plus a relay and a variety of other long-distance challenges, took place on the Xiamen East China Sea Rainbow Raceway, a flat 2-kilometer-long coastal loop, testing both the stamina and perseverance of runners. 

Mongolian runner Budjargal Byambaa was the first to cross the finish line, breaking not only his personal record but also the Asian record and ranking among the top 8 in the word with a total distance of 834 km. 

Yu Miao from Northeast China's Jilin province took second, running 777 km in six days. Chen Xiaoqun from Central China's Hunan province set a record for Chinese women with a distance of 660 km. 

China was the first country in Asian and fifth country in the world, following the United States, France, Greece and Australia, to hold the international event. 

The International Association of Ultrarunners offered their help in setting up the event. The Fujian-based sports giant Xtep sponsored the event.