Each spring, around late March or early April, the China Zheng-Kai International Marathon draws in tens of thousands of runners from across the globe. Featuring unique qualities, it’s little wonder why it’s one of China’s most popular marathons.
It is the only race that connects two ancient capitals in Henan province, central China. Lying on the southern bank of the Yellow River, Zhengzhou and Kaifeng are amongst the Eight Great Ancient Capitals of China.
China Zheng-Kai International Marathon 2016
Boasting a 100-metre wide track, the marathon is also the only one with a straight route throughout the whole journey. Going two ways with ten lanes, the flat and vast course appeals to runners looking to improve their personal best times.
Races will kick off in Zhengzhou, a rapidly growing city and major transportation hub in central China. With a pleasant climate, the metropolis attracts thousands of visitors annually.
This year’s 10th edition will be held on Sunday, 27 March 2016. A full marathon, half marathons, and 10 km run will be held in Zhengdong, a district of Zhengzhou, while a 5 km run will take place in the inner CBD area.
Look out for 2017’s edition and find out more on the official China Zheng-Kai International Marathon website.