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Welcome to the 23rd Beijing International Marathon Race
19 October, 2003

Beijing International Marathon (BIM), organized by the China Athletics association and approved by IAAF and AIMS, is the highest-level marathon race in China. It was first staged in 1981 and has been held in October annually ever since. It has become an influential and traditional international race, ranking top 10 marathons in the world. The best record of last year's race for men and women marathon was 2:13'09" and 2:20'23" respectively, both were achieved by Chinese players.

The 23rd Beijing International Marathon will be held on the third Sunday of October this year. Autumn in Beijing is the golden season of the year, and also the golden season of tourism. Today, with its magnificent Tian'anmen Square, its network of cloverleaves and its skyline of high-rises, Beijing has taken on a new look, blending classical grace, with modernity. Our slogan for the marathon this year is: Sports for All, Challenge Ourselves. On the race day, millions of enthusiastic spectators will line the streets 'o cheer on the thousands of runners. Over 100 million people nationwide will watch the TV live coverage. The convergence of high-class athletes and a wide spectrum of part-time runners with the spectator and tourists who will pack the streets to give the Beijing Marathon its unique flair and appeal.

Beijing is the host city of the 2008 Olympics, whose theme is "Green Olympics. High-tech Olympics, People's Olympics". The Olympics to be held in Beijing will surely bring great changes to the city, promote Olympics in China and strengthen friendship among the peoples of the world. Visit Beijing and you will feel the ever-changing atmosphere of the city.

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