Heavy Smog Doesn’t Stop Beijing Marathoners From Competing (Video)

Running a marathon is (26.2 miles) is hard enough, now imagine running them through the deep smog that often envelopes Beijing. That’s what happened this morning as some 25,000 runners took to the streets for the 34th Beijing International Marathon, which begins at Tiananmen Square.┬áDefending champion Girmay Birhanu Gebru of Ethiopia won the men’s title in a time of 2 hours 10 minutes and 42 seconds, with his compatriot Fatuma Sado Dergo taking gold in the women’s competition in 2:30:03.