Runners 'give up' on Beijing marathon due to intense smog

Runners 'give up' on Beijing marathon due to intense smog
(Image credit: People's Daily China / Twitter)

Running a marathon is hard enough — but try running one while wearing a particle-filtering surgical mask. That's what many runners resorted to on Sunday at the Beijing Marathon, where thick smog made the air quality "hazardous," according to the U.S. Embassy.

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Though the race was still held as scheduled, many runners were forced to abandon it midway due to the subpar conditions, according to People's Daily China. --Jon Terbush

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