Details on these two half marathon races and the fun run after the jump.
1. Qingpu Half Marathon, March 13
The Shanghai Qingpu Half Marathon happens on March 13. You can register for 120rmb up until the day of the event or when spots run out. First place for the male and female competitions is 3000rmb each. For people who don't want to run the half marathon, they have a "Joy Run" you can join for 100rmb. Details here. Here's the organizer's website -- Chinese-language only, I'm afraid.
2. Songjiang Half Marathon, March 20
Over at Happy Valley, the Songjiang Half Marathon takes place on March 20. They also have a shorter run available -- 12km this one. Much bigger prize pool here. First place winners of the male and female competitions get 30,000rmb. Foreigners pay 300rmb as opposed to 120rmb for locals. Sad face. If you want to get in on this, you'd better do it fast. Registration ends on February 29. Details here. Here's the organizers webpage.
3. The "Happy 10k", March 26
Finally, on March 26, there's the feel-good Happy 10k that's all about running 10 kilometers. Apparently the competition was created because there weren't enough shorter runs in China. Registration is 120rmb and there's no prize, but after the first person crosses the finish line, they will play an 18 minute song. If you can finish the race before the song ends, you will be deemed as a "Happy Hero". So when we say there's no prize, we mean yes there's an ultimate prize. Who doesn't want to be a Happy Hero. That's good for life, man. And yes, we have a link to that song -- it's amazing. Vocals drop at the 11:00 mark. Additional info here.
Stay tuned to The Wire for news on bigger runs. The Shanghai International Half Marathon is likely to roll in around May, and Nike announced that Shanghai will be one of the locations for their Women's Victory Tour. More info on those as it comes in.
Photo credit: runchinamarathon.com