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China bans ultramarathons and off-road races after 21 die in Gansu tragedy

June 3, 2021

China has issued a ban on all ultramarathons and off-road running races following the recent tragedy at the Huanghe Shilin Mountain Marathon at which 21 runners died on May 22. The General Administration of Sport of China has declared a range of running disciplines as insufficiently regulated and lacking well-defined safety standards, and suspended all these types of races, effective immediately. South China Morning Post