One of the biggest annual sports events in Shenzhen, the Shenzhen International Marathon 2018, will take place this Sunday, December 16 from 8am to 2.15pm.
More than 30,000 runners, along with over 3,000 volunteers, will participate in the upcoming race, which spans from Futian's Shenzhen Grand Theater all way to Wedding Garden in Nanshan's Shenzhen Bay Park.
Image via Shenzhenmarathon.org
As participants are gearing up for the grand race, let’s not forget about road closures. Just like in previous years, multiple road sections along the marathon route will be closed, and if you have plans to travel around town this weekend, avoid the following routes, which will be off limits at various times beginning from 12am on the morning of Saturday, December 15, and throughout the race:
Multiple sections of Shennan Dadao (before and during the race. The Civic Center section of the road being closed from 12am, December 15 to the end of the event, whereas on Sunday, December 16, between 12am and 2am, as well as from 5am to 2.30pm, the section between Huanggang Lijiao and Xinzhou Lijiao will also be closed)
Shennan Dong Lu (during the race, the section between Hongling Lukou and Bao'an Nan Lu)
Shennan Zhong Lu (during the race, all closed)
Haide San Lu (during the race)
Wanghai Lu (during the race)
Shahe Xi Lu (during the race, the section between Shennan Dadao and Dongbin Lu)
Access to these roads on race day (December 16) will be denied for car owners without an access permit:
Fuzhong Lu (5am-2pm, the section between Jintian Lu and Yitian Lu)
Fuzhong San Lu (5am-2pm, the section between Caitian Lu and Yitian Lu)
Jintian Lu (5-9am, the section between Fuzhong Lu and Shennan Dadao)
Pengcheng Wu Lu (5-9am, the section between Fuzhong San Lu and Shennan Dadao)
Haitian Lu (5-9am, the section between Fuzhong San Lu and Shennan Dadao)
Zhongxin Ba Lu (5-9am, the section between Fuzhong San Lu and Shennan Dadao)
Meanwhile, in order to prevent traffic congestions, traffic controls will be implemented on the following roads:
Shahe Dong Lu
Apart from road closures, a new set of measures will also be implemented to prevent runners from cheating, following the scandal last month during the Nanshan Half Marathon race. New rules will incorporate facial recognition, participants will be required to wear wristbands, while on-site monitors will also be employed, with punishments for cheaters including disqualification, a one-or-two-year ban and a lifelong ban from participating in the race, according to Southcn.com.
[Cover image via Sina.com]