On June 30, the 2019 Rock ‘n’ Roll Jixi Xingkai Lake Marathon & 1/2 Marathon set off with marathon, half marathon and fun-run (about 6 Km), the race attracted participants from more than 10 countries including the United States, UK, Russia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Benin, South Africa, Uruguay, Nigeria and Pakistan. And Chinese runners from 22 provinces and cities. More than 4000 participants gathered in Jixi City of Heilongjiang Province to show vigor with their passion and sweat and enjoy the carnival brought by the passion-provoking marathon and rhythmical rock music.
Through fierce competition, Wang Ping won the race in men’s marathon with the time of 2:29:30, and the runner-up is Aleksandr Smirnov and the third place is Roman Isaev. The top three in women’s marathon are respectively Florence，Wei Ling Ling and Zhang Shu Yan, of which the result of the champion was 3:01:47.
The hosts of this race are Heilongjiang Provincial Sports Bureau, Jixi Municipal People’s Government and Wanda Sports Group. The co-organizerss include Jixi Municipal Sports Radio, Television and Tourism Bureau, Mishan Municipal People’s Government, Xingkai Lake Management Committee, Wanda Sports China Wanda Sports Chengdu Shuangyi Sports. Ltd. It has been 21 years since the first Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon was held in San Diego, California, USA in 1998. In 2019, two such races have been hosted in Huadu of Guangzhou and Chongming of Shanghai respectively. 2019 Rock ‘n’ Roll Jixi Xingkai Lake Marathon & 1/2 Marathon is the third race of the series in China this year.
Along the racing course of this marathon, plenty of music cheer up stations were set up, with many singers and bands to stimulate the runners and enrich the entire race with great fun. Some participants also took their families to run the marathon. Isn’t it a pleasure to share the joy in rock ‘n’ roll and running with your beloved ones?
Jixi City, as a border tourist city and a waterfront landscape city in the southeast of Heilongjiang Province, boasts exceptional advantages in natural landscape, long history, abundant resources and excellent environment, and thus serves as a perfect place for outdoor sports. Notably, the race course of this marathon was arranged from the west to the east along the natural Hugang wetland between the main lake and the smaller lake of the XIngkai Lake, substantially manifesting the advantageous ecological environment and unique landscape of Jixi City.
As was said by some runner after the race finishes, “It is joyful to run along the beautiful Xingkai Lake in Jixi City. The race presents me to a fabulous summer resort, and I would like to take a trip around after the race ends.”