2014 Hangzhou International Marathon is scheduled to kick off in November 2and enrollment is available this week. There were 6 routes available for participants: traditional full-length marathon (42.196 km), half-marathon (21 km), short race (12.8 km), mini race (6.8 km), couple race (3.5 km) and family race (1.2 km). Compared with previous Hangzhou Marathons, this year's marathon excels mainly in five aspects.
1. CCTV (Chinese Central Television) — the predominant state television broadcaster in China Mainland attaches utmost importance to this event. It will send two helicopters to broadcast the event and the broadcast will last about 160 minutes from 7:55 am.
2. In order to let participants fully enjoy their running, for the first time in the history of Hangzhou Marathon, the route is cleared exclusively for marathon participants.
3. It is definitely worth mentioning that the award money for 2014 Hangzhou International Marathon winners rises from CNY 300,000 last year to 1,000,000 this year. Among them, the money for the champions reaches up to 40,000 US Dollars, which is the amount of money awarded for the champions of 2013 Beijing Marathon. In addition, female and male winners can enjoy the same amount of award money.
4. Just like previous Hangzhou Marathons, the route starts and ends both in Yellow Dragon Sports Center, which winds its way through West Lake Scenic Area. The difference is that the route of 2014 Hangzhou International Marathon stretches across Qiantang River for the first time.
5. Instead of 23,000, 2014 Hangzhou International Marathon enables 30,000 people to join in the event. The first run of enrollment starts this week and it will accept 6,000 people.
The sun is shining and the autumn wind is just right. In such good weather, it is a good idea to travel back in time in the Hangzhou Confucius Temple. Here, you can cultivate your mind and soul. In the temple, tablets can be seen everywhere, positioning people instantly in the ancient seat of learning in the capital city of the Southern Song Dynasty. Here, you can stop and appreciate the ancient moss-covered stone tiles, which seems to narrate the thousands-of-year history of the Confucius Temple.