Chinese Marathon Runner Banned Forever for Using Bicycle During Race
A Chinese woman was recently disqualified from a marathon after being caught riding a bicycle during the event last week.
The unnamed participant reportedly finished with a time of 5 hours, 38 minutes, and 36 seconds at the Xuzhou International Marathon.
Photos of the woman riding her bike soon began circulating on Chinese social media. Aside from the event disqualification, the participant alsoreceived a lifetime ban from the marathon’s organizing committee.
According to Shanghaiist, the marathon was also marred with questionable behavior from passersby who reportedly stole the boxes of bananas and water bottles intended for the runners. There were also those who took desks and chairs set up by volunteers for their own use.
These acts are somewhat reminiscent of similar untoward incidents during two memorable marathon events in China last year.