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    The Beijing Half Marathon started at 7 a.m. at Tiananmen Square with a total of 20,000 runners on Sunday. Photo: IC
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Gallery: Running From Tiananmen to the Bird’s Nest

A record 58,392 people from 40 countries and regions registered to participate in this year's Beijing Half Marathon. The marathon, which took place Sunday, saw 20,000 runners take to the streets of the Chinese capital. Marathons have exploded in popularity in recent years in China, with the number of marathons hitting 1,581 last year.

04.15.2019
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The Beijing Half Marathon started at 7 a.m. at Tiananmen Square with a total of 20,000 runners on Sunday. Photo: IC
An armed police officer stands guard along the street during the Beijing Half Marathon on Sunday. The iconic Beijing National Stadium, usually referred to as the Bird’s Nest, can be seen in the background. The marathon ends at the Olympic Green, also known as the Beijing Olympic Park. Photo: IC
Runners during the Beijing Half Marathon on Sunday. Photo: IC
A participant runs with her child in a stroller during the Beijing Half Marathon on Sunday. Photo: IC
Spectators watch marathon participants run past on Sunday. Photo: IC
A runner dressed as Sun Wukong, a character from a Chinese literary classic also known as the Monkey King, during the marathon on Sunday. Photo: IC
Marathon participants run past the starting line on April 14. Photo: IC
A Beijing police helicopter on patrol during the marathon on April 14. Photo: IC

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