Beijing Marathon runners wear masks to combat smog from pollution

October 19, 2014 6:32 AM

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Beijing Marathon runners wear masks to combat smog from pollution

October 19, 2014: Runners wearing masks to protect themselves from pollutants jog past Chang'an Avenue near Tiananmen Square shrouded in haze while taking part in the 2014 Beijing International Marathon. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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

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