Beijing Smogathon: Brave Runners Compete in Gas Masks (Video)

Around 25,000 people ran in the 34th Beijing International Marathon on Oct. 19, despite warnings of hazardous pollution.

Starting in Tiananmen Square, many of the runners were seen wearing face masks, and some even had gas masks.

Ethiopia’s Girmay Birhanu, the defending champion, took the men’s title in 2 hours, 10 minutes, and 42 seconds, while fellow countrywoman Fatuma Sado won the women’s race in 2 hours, 30 minutes, and 3 seconds.

Some runners reportedly gave up because the conditions were so bad

 

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