Marathon is an athletic sporting activity of high load and great intensity over long distance as well as an athletic sport with high risk. It has high demands on participants’ physical conditions. Those who desire to participant in marathon race shall be in good health condition, have running and relevant training experience over a long time period. Participants may choose one race event to register for based on their own physical condition and capability.
Participant shall only register for one race event from Full Marathon (42.195 km), Half Marathon (21.0975km) and Mini Marathon (about 5 KM).

  • Age Requirement

i) Full Marathon participants shall be or over 20 years old (Born in or before
1997).
ii) Half Marathon participants shall be or over 16 years old (Born in or before
2001).
iii) Mini Marathon participants shall be or over 6 years old (Born in or before
2011).
iv) All Mini Marathon minor participants shall register with the signed
disclaimer of their guardians, and shall only participate in the race with the
escort of at least one of their guardians.
v) Participants over 65 years old shall register with the signed disclaimer of
their immediate family member.
vi) More details in the <Registration Notice>.

 

2) Requirements for participants’ physical conditions
Anyone suffering from any of the following diseases is not recommended to participate in the race:
i) Congenital heart disease and rheumatic heart disease.
ii) Hypertension and cardio-vascular disease.
iii) Myocarditis and other heart diseases.
iv) Coronary artery disease and server irregular heartbeat. 
v) Diabetes.
vi)Having cold symptoms two weeks prior to the race.
vii) Other illness that is not suitable for sports.
viii)Pregnant, drunk and other status unfit for sports.

3Personal Responsibility
The participant shall take full responsibility of his/her personal injury and/or property loss caused by his/her health condition or his/her own behaviors during the race event.
Harbin International Marathon Organizing Committee (the “OC”) requires the participants to conduct physical examination (including electrocardiography examination - ECG) in qualified medical institutions, and make a self-assessment to confirm that their physical and mental health condition is suitable for the race event of their choice.

4) Special Requirements for Participants’ Eligibility
i) Full Marathon participants shall have the experience of completing other full
marathon races or have relevant training experience; Half Marathon
participants shall have the experience of completing other half or full
marathon races or have relevant training experience before.
ii) The runners shall be the participants registered for the race event as shown
in the application form, there is no tolerance for usage of false information to  
qualify the race or participation in the event by imposters after registration. .
Application information and the eligibility of the participants shall be
reviewed and approved by the public security department as a precondition
of participation.

5) Race Precautionary Measures
i) When a runner has run for about 10-20 minutes, he/she might come to the
first "uncomfortable" stage which is also called "the first limit state", this is a
normal phenomenon in humans. To come through this stage, the runner   
may slow down and adjust the breathing or walk for 2-3 minutes. The runner
can go on running when this uncomfortable stage is over.

ii) For runners with no marathon race experience, they might come to a point of
physical limit after running for 30 to 35km, the symptoms include
muscle pain, joint pain, fatigue, and the urge of quitting the race. Should you
have any of these symptoms, it is advised to quit the race to avoid further
injury.
iii) The runner is recommended to mind his/her own pace and do not compete
with others.
iv) Marathon has a certain degree of risk that may even lead to sudden death.
v) Participants may take moderate amount of food for breakfast on the race
day, and it is recommended to have light food avoid hypoglycemia.
vi) If a runner feels thirsty before starting the race, drink only small amount of  
water, do not drink excessively.
vii) On hearing the starting gunshot, stay calm and avoid crowd collision.
viii) Do not drink more than 200ml of water at each water station.
ix) When you tie up the shoe laces, slow down and do it at the side curb of the
track.
x) When you encounter abdominal pain, slow down and walk for a while,
breathe deeply.
xi) When you feel dizzy, stop the race immediately and walk for a while until
you feel recovered from the uncomfortable stage.
xii) When you encounter knee or ankle pain during the race, slow down and
take walk instead. If the pain remains or worsens, it is recommended to
quit the race.
xiii) Increase your acceleration when approaching the finishing line.
xiv) After cross the finishing line, keep walking for about 5 minutes, keep warm
and take some carbohydrate based food.


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