Beijing air pollution forces marathon runners to wear masks

October 19, 2014 5:28 AM

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Beijing air pollution forces marathon runners to wear masks

Despite heavy pollution blanketing Beijing, an international marathon went ahead Sunday, with face masks and sponges among the equipment used by competitors to battle the smog.

The 34th Beijing International Marathon began at Tiananmen Square with many of the tens of thousands of participants wearing face masks. The 42-kilometre course ended at the Chinese capital's Olympic Park.

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